Discover Undergraduate Research 

The undergraduate research program provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their specific field of study. Students can apply their knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to the field while working closely with a faculty mentor.

Through participation in the program, students can develop important skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication, which will serve them well in their future careers. Additionally, the program provides opportunities for students to present their findings at conferences, publish papers, and even earn academic credit for their work. Overall, participating in the undergraduate research program is a valuable experience that can enhance the Duquesne education and prepare them for future opportunities in their chosen field.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

General Overview

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is a paid summer experience that provides students with essential research experiences for careers in STEM-based fields. Over the course of ten weeks, students engage in research, community engagement, seminar series, ethics education, and culminates in a research symposium.
Our students enjoy the URP experiences, working closely with faculty and the relationships they have built at Duquesne.

School of Science and Engineering

  • The School of Science and Engineering summer undergraduate research program is a selective program open to all School of Science and Engineering undergraduates.
  • Students will be selected based on academic and previous lab experience and potential.
  • Undergraduate research positions are available in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, forensic science and law, and physics. 
  • Students are required to fill out the application below, provide one letter of recommendation from a Duquesne faculty and their Duquesne transcript. 
  • This program is only open to Duquesne students. 
  • The 2023 applications are closed.


  • Undergraduate biochemistry and chemistry majors are invited to apply to the Integrated Computational and Experimental Chemistry NSF-REU Program.
  • This program is 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 2023 applications are closed.

PURE and/or NURE

  • Uundergraduate biology, pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology and health science majors interested in pain and/or neuroscience research may 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.
  • The 2023 applications are closed.

Biology CIRCLE

  • Biology majors from any institution are invited to apply to our Biology CIRCLE program, a 10-week summer undergraduate research experience
  • Applicants should apply directly to the Biology CIRCLE program.
  • Contact Dr. Sarah Woodley for more information.
  • This program is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates.
  • The deadline has past and we have filled all of the spots. Have a good summer!