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!                                

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. View 2021 Research Projects and Pairings

 symposium zoom

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

Program Policies 
Open 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.


Past Projects


Environmental Justice Teaching, Sydney Dubose


Living Electrodes, Heather Phillips



Chemical Catch: detecting emerging contaminants of concern

Sustainable Oxidation with Nanobubbles

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
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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