Community Engagement

As part of the Undergraduate Research Program, students participate in a variety of organized community service activities including:

Partnership Profile:  Howmet Aerospace

Students examining samples at Powdermill Nature ReserveThis summer, students from local high schools spent a week participating in an immersive experience that included on and off campus activities through which they learned about research methods, conducted hands-on activities, experienced life on a college campus, and discovered opportunities in STEM academics and careers.

Each high school student was paired with a student from the Bayer School of Environmental and Natural Sciences who served as a mentor throughout the week as participants developed their own research presentation. The program, which was sponsored through support from Howmet Aerospace, included outings to Powdermill Nature Reserve (PNR), Phipps Conservatory, and Frick Environmental Center, where students collected research samples and visited with experts in STEM fields.

"As a company that relies on the technical expertise of its employees, Howmet Aerospace understands the importance of providing students access to STEM education opportunities," said Duquesne alumna Shannon Connery, B'04, Facilities Manager at Howmet. "This is why the company, through its foundation, supports community partners like Duquesne University, which play a critical role in educating the future workforce."

At PNR, students learned about how stream health influences wildlife and performed stream quality assessments, such as turbidity readings, pH monitoring, and insect counts. At Phipps and the Frick Environmental Center, students learned about water quality, conservation, treatment, and soil health.

"I was able to dive into nature with hands on activities and lectures from people with experience in STEM," said high school student Marina Grado. "This experience not only gave me a feeling of what a college life is like, but also gave me an opportunity to learn about a career I may major in."

Following the off-campus activities, students completed online daily journals and performed laboratory experiments on samples they collected. The week culminated with the high school students sharing their research presentations with their peers.

Duquesne welcomes the opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with your organization. For more information on Corporate Partnerships with Duquesne University, contact Terese Hines.

St. Vincent de Paul

Duquesne University's chapter's main ministry is working with the homeless of downtown Pittsburgh. Every Sunday night we gather at 7 p.m. in Laval House, to prepare food for our homeless friends downtown. Not only do we bring food, but also clothing, and our open hearts. As we walk downtown together, we visit some of our long-time friends while also meeting new ones along our route. Sometimes they share stories or their concerns with us, and we listen and try to help as best we can. By ministering to their spiritual and personal needs and desires, we show solidarity with them. We confirm their dignity as human persons.

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps will be showcasing the Tropical Forest Cuba Festival, which Duquesne University sponsors

Some details can be found on this site...

Raccoon Creek State Park

The Beaver County Sportsmen's Conservation Camp is a co-ed outdoor education camp for children, ages 12 to 15. The purpose of this camp is for these kids to learn about what the outdoors truly has to offer, in the state park setting. URP volunteers will be working with graduate students from the Environmental Science and Management program to develop age-appropriate activities for these kids.

Murphy's Bottom

Murphy's Bottom is located along the north bank of the Allegheny River in Armstrong County, [about 40 miles from Duquesne] and it is the site of an on-going habitat mitigation project. The site encompasses approximately 100 acres. The dominant feature on the property is a 21-acre pond. The area to the west of that large pond is occupied by deciduous forest, portions of which are flooded.

In 2006 Pennsylvania DEP approached representatives of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Duquesne University about participating in, and ultimately leading to the current Murphy's Bottom Ecological Project.

The purpose of this project is to guide the reclamation, development, and subsequent use of the Murphy's Bottom site including

  • · Habitat creation and enhancement
  • · Long-term biological studies
  • · Educational activities

Tree Pittsburgh

Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City's vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy.

Our vision is to be a leader in creating a healthy, attractive and safe urban forest by inspiring and engaging citizens to plant, maintain and protect trees. Trees provide substantial environmental, social and economic benefits that greatly enhance our quality of life.

URP students will assist in weeding, mulching, adjusting stakes, planting flowers, getting to know neighbors and fellow Tree Tenders, and ensuring the health and longevity of our next generation of urban trees!

Open Streets Pittsburgh

Hosted by BikePGH, OpenStreetsPGH connects neighborhoods together with safe spaces where friends and families can experience the best the city has to offer on a summer day.

OpenStreetsPGH brings together tens of thousands on the last weekend of May, June, and July to run, walk, bike, and skate in some of Pittsburgh's most iconic streets.

Take a look at our route map to see just how much fun you can pack into 4 miles.

Carnegie Science Center

  • Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
    Help with the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair by mentoring students, planning the event and many other projects. The Fair is an open competition of local students' research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. Duquesne University faculty, staff and students volunteer prior to and during the Science and Engineering Fair. This competition is free to all students in grades 6-12 in public and non-public schools throughout 24 counties within Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The students present their research via a presentation board and interview.

  • SciTech
    The Pittsburgh International Science and Technology Festival is a celebration of innovation and creativity that brings together academia, industry, community organizations and the public in Western Pennsylvania. Duquesne University is a Silver Sponsor and faculty, staff and students participate in exhibits, presentations and panel discussions.

Create Your Own Project through the Community-Engaged Learning Program

  • Create your own project such as working with high school students in the Junior Academy of Science or on a Science Fair Project. If you find something that appeals to you more, organize it, carry it out and document it.

For more information, email