Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Get paid over the summer to do research in sustainability. If you are interested in going beyond classroom curriculum, developing your own ideas, and working independently on hands-on research all while getting paid…this program is for you!

2023 Application & Program Information

Applications for the 2023 Undergraduate Summer Research Program are currently closed. Decisions will be announced before the end of March. This summer's program will run from May 8th to July 28th.

Click to access the full list of projects and adivsors.

Program Policies

Thank you to our 2022 participants and faculty advisors for a successful summer program! This year, our cohort consisted of 26 students with various academic concentrations, including several departments of engineering, geology, environmental studies, computer science, physics, chemistry, and psychology.

A student giving a presentation on greenhouse gasCivil and Environmental Engineering student Ryan Krug presents his findings at the Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. The Symposium was held on July 25-26, 2022. 

Past Projects & Highlights

Student-created video summaries of select projects presented at 2022's Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium can be found on the Pitt Sustainability YouTube Channel.

Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium 2022 group photo
Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium, 2022

Past URP Resources

2022 Participants and Project Pairings
2022 Project Titles and Advisors
2021 Participants and Project Pairings
2020 Participants and Project Pairings
2020 Project Titles and Advisors

2019 Project Descriptions

2019 URP Symposium Agenda

View list of all past participants in MCSI Undergraduate Summer Research


Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


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