Talented students working with world-class researchers

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is a paid summer experience that provides students with essential research experiences for careers in STEM-based fields. Faculty are committed to experiential education for their undergraduate students and seek junior colleagues to become members of their research teams. We highly encourage students to conduct research as early as their freshman year, as the National Science Foundation states,

Students who participate in undergraduate research have a greater appreciation for the sciences and will complete their degree in their program of study.

Positions are available in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, health science, forensic science and law, and physics.

Students will participate in:

  • Ten Weeks of Research 
  • Community Engagement
  • Seminar Series
  • Ethics Forum
  • A Research Symposium

The URP umbrella offers five research programs:

  • General Undergraduate Research Program (Duquesne University students only)
  • Biology CIRCLE NSF-REU
  • Chemistry NSF-REU
  • PURE (Pain Undergraduate Research Experience)
  • NURE (Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experience)

Externally Funded Research Programs

Externally funded research programs opened to undergraduate students in the Bayer school.

  • We invite undergraduate biology majors to apply to our 10-week summer undergraduate research program entitled "Interdisciplinary Biology Research & Community-Engaged Learning," also knows as the CIRCLE program (Connecting Interdisciplinary Research with Community-engaged Learning Experiences). Participation in research is a great way to gain hands-on experience, make new contacts, explore career options, and build resumes. Applicants should apply directly to the Biology CIRCLE program. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Contact Dr. Sarah Woodley for more information.
  • Undergraduate biochemistry and chemistry majors interested in research are invited to apply to the Integrated Computational and Experimental Chemistry NSF-REU Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense's Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Education (ASSURE) program in collaboration with the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.
  • The Chronic Pain Research Consortium (CPRC) and Neuroscience faculty at Duquesne University welcome undergraduate biology, pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, and health science majors interested in pain and/or neuroscience research to apply to the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) and/or Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) summer programs. These programs are currently funded through a National Institutes of Health NINDS R25 Summer Research Experience Grant and have been funded previously by the generous support of the Duquesne University Charles Henry Leach II Fund and the Duquesne Office of the Provost.