Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity


Follow Your Curiosity 

No matter what your curiosity, the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR) has a program to help you explore it. Whether you are in your first year at Pitt or nearing graduation, and no matter what your major or field of study, you can be a part of the meaningful research being done at Pitt. You may want to work closely with one of Pitt’s expert faculty members on their project, or you may want to propose a project of your own. No matter your path, you’ll grow as a researcher and a creative thinker while achieving significant academic milestones.

All you need is a question and the desire to know more. So go ahead. Choose a program as your starting point. And see where you can go when you follow your curiosity.

A student examines an archival piece of literature

Applications are open for the Archival Scholars Research Awards

The Archival Scholars Research Award offers eligible Dietrich School undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct independent research projects that draw upon resources in the University Library System's Archives and Special Collections. Awardees will receive a $1,000 stipend, as well as archival training from librarian archivists. Applications are due by November 1, 2021.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held in Hillman Library on the ground floor, across from the Donald Wood Service Desk.

  • Monday, October 4 at 11:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm 
  • Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm 
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Associate Professor Amanda Godley and student Amanda Gamwo collaborating on research

Debunking the Myths of Undergraduate Research

Did you know? Pitt students can begin conducting hands-on research as early as their freshman year. In fact, in spring 2016, more than 400 undergraduates performed research with expert faculty members. Yet many misconceptions still exist about undergraduate research. Check out Amanda's story.