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Undergrad Research: Just Add Curiosity


Using curiosity as their guide, Pitt undergraduates pursue research in fields ranging from tissue engineering to psychiatric medicine to film directing.

As an undergraduate majoring in neuroscience, Tanya Keenan (A&S '08) researched the neural circuitry involved in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Kennan won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for her exceptional independent research in science. Read about Keenan’s research.

Also a Goldwater winner, Ben Gordon (ENGR '08) began his undergraduate research by focusing on how sound energy can be converted to heat energy. Gordon later expanded his interests into several different research projectsRead a Pitt Magazine article on Gordon’s work.

In a recent survey of Pitt graduating seniors, more than a third who reported doing research did so in the humanities and social sciences. For example, Brenden Gallagher (A&S '09) studied how film directing in film compares and intersects with directing for the theater. Learn about Gallagher’s research (PDF).

Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowships provide motivated undergraduate students with a stipend to pursue summer research projects. Students meet weekly to share their work and provide feedback to one another. Learn more about the Brackenridge Fellowships.