Application Information


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 (PURE) and Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) programs are limited to students who will actively work on a pain or neuroscience project, respectively during the summer research period. 

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, some departmental funds, and some externally funded programs (e.g. PURE and NURE).


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

Duquesne Students: Monday, March 14, 2022

External Students: Friday, February 11, 2022

We will announce when decisions are made. For further information, write to


Applicants for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, the Chemistry NSF-REU, the Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) NIH-SRE, the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) NIH-SRE, and the Biology CIRCLE Program NSF-REU may work in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Pharmacy, the Rangos School of Health Science, or the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Please submit only one application. The committee will consider each applicant for all eligible funds.

NOTE: Application requirements may differ based on program. The CIRCLE NSF-REU, PURE, and NURE  programs have distinct requirements that differ from those described below which apply only to the general URP and Chemistry NSF-REU.

A complete application for the General URP program and the Chemistry NSF-REU includes:


Students are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. All fields must be completed. If for any reason you are unable to upload your materials via the online application, you may email your official transcript, two letters of recommendation, resume and statement of goals to


Duquesne Students: The Office of Student Services will obtain copies of official transcripts from the Office of the Registrar once the deadline for applications surpasses.

External Students: Request a PDF of your official transcript from your university registrar. If you are unable to access a PDF of your transcript, you may send a hardcopy of your official transcript to:

Undergraduate Research Program, 100 Mellon Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, 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.


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 our Science 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. You will upload your Statement of Goals when you complete the online application.