Pre-PhD Undergraduate Research Experience at the U. of Pittsburgh

Program Dates:
June 1 —July 31, 2017
(tentative dates)

To create a pipeline for student who wish to pursue PhD degrees in engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Engineering Office of Diversity (EOD) identifies prospective students with a 3.5 or higher GPA as Pre-PhD Scholars. These STEM students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field are recruited from institutions across the nation, and are assigned to Swanson School of Engineering faculty mentors who lead multidisciplinary teams in advanced research. Scholars are placed in the admissions pipeline as candidates  to MS or  PhD program at the Swanson School of Engineering.  All students present their research findings to faculty members, staff and current students.

Program Structure:
Pre-PhD Scholar : Open to rising juniors and seniors or recent grad-uates in STEM who are considering graduate education in the field of engineering and would like to learn about graduate school options at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.
Program Requirements:

Work 30 hours per week

Attend weekly workshops

Write journal  quality paper on research findings

Participate in  Ethics Forum

Meet with staff regularly

Perform literature reviews

Present research results

Maintain daily journal


Students will receive $3000 in stipend (for the duration of the program).  Please note this is taxable income.  Students from outside the Pittsburgh area will receive housing in on the University campus.  A supplemental food subsidy of $500 is provided.  Univer-sity transportation on campus only is provided.  Public transportation for social activities is the responsibility of the student.  Parking is available at the student’s expense through the Office of Parking and transportation at  approximately $9 a day for weekdays

Interested students should send a resume or CV, unofficial transcript, and a letter of intent to Diversity Program Assistant, Kate Shaw. Pre-PhD/PhD Scholars students may have different requirements and responsibilities than the SRI undergraduate researchers. Therefore, please contact the Engineering Office of Diversity by phone (412-624-9842) or by e-mail ( for more information.

Jenny Vazquez-Akim

Author Jenny Vazquez-Akim

Jenny is the Director of Student Engagement and Career Connections in the Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs Division. Jenny manages many of the undergraduate student life programs at Viterbi, as well as the services and programs that connect all Viterbi students with their post-graduate plans. Jenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from USC, a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU, and a Doctorate in Education from UCLA.

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