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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research at Pitt

At the University of Pittsburgh, undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in research, scholarship and creative experiences with faculty who are leaders in their fields. Active participation in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors strengthens a sense of belonging to the University and provides an intellectual and social community for undergraduates.

We invite you to explore the reasons why Pitt is a Top 100 Global Research University. Opportunities are available to students in all disciplines, not just for students studying lab sciences. Whether the subject is humanities, social sciences, or business, Pitt students have access to top researchers in their fields and get to work with scholars who truly are on the cutting edge of their disciplines. There are many ways to find Pitt research opportunities; you just have to be motivated.

Be Proactive - Know Who to Talk To
  1. Faculty Members
    Talk directly to a faculty member who is engaged in work you find interesting. Often times, they will help connect you with a research experience that fits with your goals.

  2. Other Students
    Talk to your peers about their own research and the faculty members they worked with. Other students can be great resources in learning about unique research experiences.

  3. Departmental Advisors
    Talk with your departmental advisor about research opportunities in your field. Advisors can assist in learning about various opportunities by connecting students with other students.

  4. Pitt Admissions
    Use this site to learn more about Pitt undergraduate research and national undergraduate research opportunities. Using the links below, you can learn more about the Internship Prep Program and other opportunities.

Graham Hatfull

Pitt research enabled Graham Hatfull to treat a 15-year-old cystic fibrosis (CF) patient named Isabelle Carnell-Holdaway who had a double lung transplant and was suffering from a life-threatening infection with an antibiotic resistant strain of M. abscessus.

UPMC COVID treatment

The international, intergovernmental organization Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is committing nearly $5 million to a consortium led by Institut Pasteur in Paris, in collaboration with Themis in Vienna and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR), to develop a SARS CoV 2 vaccine and take it through phase I clinical trials in humans.

Lauren Ban

In an attempt to engage citizens in the effort to reform the redistricting process, the Committee of Seventy created Draw the Lines PA, a mapping competition for residents 13 years and older. The contest gives participants an opportunity to draw maps for Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, plus the 50-seat state Senate and the 203-seat state House through an open-sourced digital mapping software. Lauren Ban, a 20-year-old junior majoring in economics and history at Pitt, said she entered the contest with her home county of Butler in mind.

Ending chronic organ rejection

Now, a new discovery led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital suggesting the innate immune system can specifically remember foreign cells could pave the way to drugs that lengthen long-term survival of transplanted organs.

The Green Fund

Housed in the Student Office of Sustainability (SOOS), the Green Fund helps fund student projects and events that advance sustainability on campus, with grants ranging from $50 to upwards of $2,500. The Green Fund budget comes from a student fee allocation, the BYO(Bag) reusable shopping bag program proceeds and donations from the University of Thriftsburgh resale store.