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Application Requirements for the Undergraduate Research Program


Students who are interested in working in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, and physics will be considered for a variety of available funds. Students from universities other than Duquesne will be eligible for departmental funding. Duquesne University students are eligible for a portion of all funds. Eligibility for the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience is limited to students who will actively work on a pain project during the summer research period. To find a list of Duquesne University Faculty doing pain research please see the CPRC faculty page.

Students may apply for all funding from the Undergraduate Research Program during their freshman, sophomore, or junior year. Seniors will be considered for individual faculty grant funds and some departmental funds.

Program Components

  • Ten Weeks of Research - During the program, students will pursue a research project within the laboratory of a Duquesne faculty member.

  • Safety Lecture and Orientation - The program will begin with an orientation designed to familiarize the students with laboratory procedure and allow the students to get to know one another.

  • Community Service - Students may participate in a variety of predetermined volunteer activities or propose their own volunteer activities in many areas of science.

  • Seminar Series - A seminar series will be offered throughout the summer for students in Duquesne research programs. The 2015 series will center on career opportunities in the sciences.

  • Ethics Forum - In collaboration with a faculty mentor and other undergraduate researchers, students will present a relevant ethical issue at a forum hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Symposium - The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences sponsors an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the ten week period. All students will present their work in poster format at this symposium and eight students will give oral presentations. This is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduates and faculty alike to see the work of summer research students from the local area.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Program, the Chemistry NSF/REU, and the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) may work in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences or the Mylan School of Pharmacy. Please submit only one application. The committee will consider each applicant for all eligible funds. A complete application includes:


    Students are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. All fields must be completed. APPLICATION DEADLINES are as follows:

    — Duquesne University Students: Sunday, March 1, 2015

    — External Students: Sunday, February 1, 2015


    Duquesne Students - Please visit Duquesne's Registrar's Office to request your official transcript (at no charge). All Fall 2014 grades must appear on your official transcript. Be sure to clearly indicate that you are ordering the transcript for the Undergraduate Research Program. The transcript should be sent via interoffice mail to Philip Clarke, 100 Mellon Hall. The transcript request must be made by Friday, February 13, 2015.

    External Students - Order an official transcript from your university registrar. The transcript must arrive by February 1, 2015. The transcript should be sent to: Undergraduate Research Program, Attn: Philip Clarke, 100 Mellon Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282.


    Letters should be from faculty who can assess your ability to do research. The online application provides a link for you to submit names and email addresses of two faculty members who can provide letters of recommendation.

    — Duquesne University Students: Letters of recommendation must be requested by Friday, January 30, 2015

    — External Students: Letters of recommendation must be received by Sunday, February 1, 2015


    Resumes should be one page in length. You will upload your resume when you complete the online application.


    The statement of goals should be no longer than one page, single spaced. Include your reasons for wanting to do research, how you feel this program will benefit you, and a short list of faculty whose research interests you. See Science Faculty for a faculty listing by department. If you are currently working on a research project, please limit the description of the project to one paragraph. Statements are very important to the selection process. If you are applying to be a part of the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) please describe the connection of your research to the field of pain. You will upload your Statement of Goals when you complete the online application. 

Application Addresses

Letters of Recommendation, Resume, and Statement of Goals

If, for any reason, you are unable to upload your materials via the online application, you may email the two letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of goals to urp@duq.edu.

Official Transcripts

All official transcripts must be sent to:

Undergraduate Research Program
Attn: Philip Clarke
100 Mellon Hall
Duquesne University

600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Application Deadlines

The online application, along with all required materials, must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Duquesne University Students: Sunday, March 1, 2015.

  • External Students: Sunday, February 1, 2015.

We will announce when decisions are made. For further information, call 412.396.4172 or write to urp@duq.edu.


Students selected for the Undergraduate Research Program are required to complete 10 weeks of research, a safety lecture, participate in the summer symposium, complete a community service project in the area of science, attend summer speaker seminars, and participate in the Ethics Forum. The stipend for Duquesne University students for the 10-week period is $4,100.*

*Stipend amount may vary based on the funding source.

Prior Symposia

2014 Symposium Book with Plenary Session Agenda and Abstracts

2013 Abstracts | 2013 Plenary Session

2012 Abstracts | 2012 Plenary Session

2011 Abstracts | 2011 Plenary Session

2010 Abstracts | 2010 Plenary Session

2009 Abstracts | 2009 Plenary Session

2008 Abstracts | 2008 Plenary Session

2007 Abstracts | 2007 Plenary Session