Summer Research Opportunities

The UHC provides these research programs in the summer term. Undergraduate students who are interested should choose between the following:

Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowships

These fellowships support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students on the Oakland campus who conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and participate in a weekly seminar in which Fellows present their projects. Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the summer (mid-May through July) to enable them to commit fully to their project and the associated responsibilities without having to support themselves by means of a summer job. These fellowships are open to undergraduates from any field.

Honors College - Health Sciences (HCHS) Summer Research Fellowships

These fellowships support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students on the Oakland campus who are planning to pursue a career in one of the health-related fields. The Honors College - Health Sciences Summer Research Fellows receive a stipend for the summer (mid-May through July) to enable them to dedicate themselves full-time to conducting an independent research project under the mentorship of a faculty member in any of the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Schools.

Mary Ellen Callahan Undergraduate Student Research Fund

This award will be given to support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students conducting independent research projects in the social sciences. This work is separate from the Brackenridge Research Program, but can involve work on a BPhil thesis, and it can take place any time of the year including the summer months.

Dick Thornburgh Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy and the University Honors College founded the Dick Thornburgh Summer Fellowships to support undergraduate research into issues of governance addressed in Governor Dick Thornburgh’s long and eminent service in national and international leadership. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 to free them from having to seek summer employment.

Community-Based Research Fellowship

Community-based research projects investigate issues pertinent to the local communities in areas such as education, the environment, immigrant and refugee issues, neighborhood development, food security, and more. CBR Fellows must be University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students and weekly research meetings are held on the Oakland campus. Fellows prepare a final report for the University Honors College, their faculty mentor, and community partner that details their research efforts, findings, and recommendations. Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for full-time research over the summer (mid-May through July). 

The Tina & David Bellet Brackenridge Research Fellowship

An undergraduate student will be selected for this award before participating in either the summer or semester Brackenridge Research Fellows Program. The award will be given to an undergraduate student pursuing independent research with a focus on business, economics, and/or entrepreneurship.

The James V. Kunkel, MD, Pre-Med Scholarship

An undergraduate student will be selected for this award after participating in one of the University Honors College Summer Research Programs (that is, the Brackenridge Research Program or the Honors College - Health Sciences Program). The award will be given to a student who plans to pursue a career in medicine and whose research project best advances an understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of a clinical disease. The same arrangement may be available in the Fall or Spring Brackenridge Research Programs. Note that this honorific award will replace the Fellowship and will not provide additional financial support.

These fellowships support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students on the Oakland campus who are planning to pursue a career in one of the health-related fields.  The Honors College - Health Sciences (HCHS) Summer Research Fellows receive a stipend for the summer (mid-May through early August) to enable them to dedicate themselves full-time to conducting an independent research project under the mentorship of individual faculty members in any of the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Schools.  The HCHS Fellows will include undergraduate students who participate in the International Academy of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.