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!

2022 Application & Program Information

Applications will be distributed to students on January 10, and will be due on February 16. Decisions will be announced on March 11. The program will take place from May 9 to July 29. Check back soon for more details!

Program Policies 

The URP is only to Pitt undergraduate students.
Students are required to work 40 hours a week on their project.
Students are allowed to take only 1 course over the summer with program approval.
No vacations will be permitted during the 12 week program.

Thank you to our 2021 participants and faculty advisors for a successful summer program! This year was our largest and most academically diverse cohort, with 30 students from all engineering departments, biological sciences, geology, environmental studies, economics, political science, computer science, and psychology.

 symposium zoom

Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium attendees view a student presentation on Zoom. The Symposium was held virtually on July 26-28, 2021.

Past Projects & Highlights

Environmental Justice Teaching, Sydney Dubose


Living Electrodes, Heather Phillips


Chemical Catch: Detecting Emerging Contaminants of Concern


Undergraduate Summer Research Program Symposium, 2018

urp 2018


Summer students spending a day in Homewood with the Oasis Project, July 2021

Service Project 2021


Past URP Resources

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 of MCSI Undergraduate Summer Research

Mascaro Center

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

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