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Why Undergraduate Research

Each year Pitt undergraduates present faculty mentored research at the University's annual science and technology event. Read the 2010 program or visit the event's site.

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. As members of a top public research university, Pitt undergraduates can choose to engage in a variety of research experiences across schools, disciplines and academic settings. Experience-based learning that complements classroom learning allows Pitt undergraduates to develop mentoring relationships with faculty, gain critical skills, clarify life goals and strengthen career aspirations. 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.

Conducting Undergraduate Research

Be curious, and let your curiosity guide you into areas of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Belonging to a nationally recognized public research university means that you can pick and choose from a vast array of opportunities; the only limit to pursuing your curiosity will be the limits you place on yourself.

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. Students have access to medical research because the University’s medical school and UPMC medical complex are adjacent to our Oakland campus. Undergraduate researchers also are working in the humanities and social sciences. Other Pitt students are traveling to different parts of the world to conduct their faculty-mentored research. Students can take advantage of research opportunities from their freshman to senior year and opportunities are available year-round.

There are many ways to find Pitt research opportunities; you just have to be motivated.

  • Talk directly to a faculty member who is engaged in work you find interesting.
  • Talk to your peers about their own research and the faculty members they worked with.
  • Talk with your departmental advisor about research opportunities in your field.
  • Use this site to learn more about Pitt undergraduate research and national undergraduate research opportunities.