MEMS Facilitating Inclusive Research Experiences (FIRE) Program

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Deadline extended until March 4 - Apply Here

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The program is designed to encourage research experiences for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented U.S. demographic groups. It is a paid 8-week summer program that includes an original research project in a research lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at Pitt. It also includes support on the technical and non-technical aspects of becoming a researcher. It is open to MEMS undergraduates of any ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, veteran status, socio-economic status, first-generation-college status, and religion. The program will run from May 9 - July 1.

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to commit to the program full time (40 hrs./week), must be residing in the USA during the summer of the program, find housing as it is not provided, and attend all program related activities and workshops. 

ELIGIBILITY & HOW TO APPLY

The program is designed to encourage research experiences and post-graduate education for undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented U.S. demographic groups. It is open to undergraduate students of any ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, veteran status, socio-economic status, first-generation to college status, and religion. We aim to target underrepresented students within the MEMS department. Applicants must be in the summer before their junior or senior year, and must be enrolled in mechanical engineering, materials science engineering, or engineering science at the Swanson School of Engineering. Students from the Pitt branch campuses that are studying these majors are also able to participate in this program. Students who are a rising junior or senior transferring into University of Pittsburgh will also be able to participate in the program.

This program will use a holistic admissions process, assessing all aspects of each applicant, to ensure a diverse array of people and perspectives. This program will not discriminate against any individual based on race, gender, or any other protected status.

Prospective students should go HERE to fill out the program application.