PITA Fiscal Year 2008 Projects - Courses and Outreach Programs

A SURE Thing (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) Summer Internship Program 2008 (Year 5)

Principal Investigators: Gary Fedder, Alicia Brown, Rhonda Moyer

Ten week summer internship program in which juniors/seniors from Pennsylvania colleges and universities work with ICES researchers on PITA related projects.


  1. Encourage minorities, women and disabled students to apply.
  2. Reach beyond Carnegie Mellon to other Pennsylvania schools and students who may not have an opportunity to gain hands-on research experience.
  3. Encourage students to work on Pennsylvania industry sponsored projects.
  4. Aid Pennsylvania industry in their research/product development efforts.
  5. Continue research initiated by Carnegie Mellon students during fall/spring product development courses.
  6. Present research to campus community.
  7. Encourage students to pursue graduate school and employment within Pennsylvania.


A summer program addresses multiple needs. Although ICES hires many summer undergraduate students to work on cutting edge research, it is important to remember that not all universities provide these opportunities. The SURE Thing Program was designed as an outreach effort that would mirror the 1986-1996 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, while focusing on minorities, women and the disabled. The program would broaden the knowledge and diversify the experience of students outside the university. Also, because a primary mission of PITA is to retain highly educated students for future employment in the state of Pennsylvania, the program targets Pennsylvania schools as well as Pennsylvania residents who attend out-of-state schools. For example, the past four summers brought student applications from Allegheny College, California University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve University, Dickinson College, Gannon University, Geneva College, Grove City College, La Roche College, Lehigh University, Messiah College, Penn State University, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Saint Vincent College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and Villanova University.