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 a project he or she is leading, or you may want to propose a project of your own. No matter which path you choose, you’ll grow as both a researcher and a creative thinker while achieving significant milestones in your academic career.

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.

First Experiences in Research

Through our First Experiences in Research program, Dietrich School students can gain meaningful, hands-on research experience in their very first year. And we’re not just talking about white coat, test tube, science lab research. Research projects with Pitt’s world-renowned faculty are available across all disciplines. 

Undergraduate Mentors

The Undergraduate Mentor program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program where motivated undergraduates share their research and scholarly endeavors with the general student body, faculty members, and First Experiences in Research students.

Field Studies

Follow your curiosity beyond Pitt’s campus, and take your research to the world. Not only do you get to travel to new places, you have access to unique resources that allow you to more deeply explore your research topics.

Awards and Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR) awards funding to undergraduates conducting independent research and conducts two highly esteemed internship programs for students seeking experience in specific fields. 

Forbes & Fifth

Forbes & Fifth is Pitt’s student-led undergraduate journal featuring dynamic works of student writing, research, and art with an interdisciplinary focus.

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.