State Snapshot: Visiting Pennsylvania’s Colleges & Universities
Jul26

State Snapshot: Visiting Pennsylvania’s Colleges & Universities

— Pennsylvania has over 100 colleges and universities! How many have you visited? Explore a snapshot of what all this state has to offer when you visit colleges!

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Top 10 Things to do after your Carnegie Mellon College Visit
Nov15

Top 10 Things to do after your Carnegie Mellon College Visit

by Chelsea Merget Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA | 6,203 undergraduates | 6,290 graduate students After wrapping up your campus tour of CMU, why not take some time to explore Pittsburgh? This vibrant city is packed with family-friendly things to see. Check out the following list of attractions recommended by the professionals at the Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau as teen favorites:  Carnegie Science Center: The Carnegie Science Center boasts more than 250 exhibits including the largest permanent robotics exhibit, a submarine from WWII and a four-story, domed OMNIMAX® theater. Exercise your brain and have a blast at this science center. Carnegie Museum of Natural History: This museum is home to one of the most impressive dinosaur collections on the globe. It also houses a plethora of Egyptian artifacts and a stunning Hall of Minerals and Gems.  The Hall American Indians is one of the largest tributes to Native Americans in the country, complete with artifacts, dioramas and several interactive computer activities. The Frick Art & Historical Center: The Frick Art & Historical Center takes guests back 100 years to the home of Pittsburgh's industrialist Henry Clay Frick. See what life was like at Clayton, Frick's home on "Millionaire's Row." The museum houses a collection of antique cars, steam-powered carriages and several other important parts of our automotive history. Monongahela or Duquesne Incline: Venture across Pittsburgh's hills on the Monangahela or Duqesne Incline. See how Pittsburghers traveled across the terrain before electric streetcars and automobiles were in the picture. Visitors are brought to the top of Mount Washington for a breath-taking view of the city and its rivers. Kennywood Park: The "roller-coaster capital of the world" also resides in Pittsburgh. Kennywood Park is a whopping 115 years old and provides fun for adrenaline junkies of all ages. Don't miss this family tradition when you visit during summer months. National Aviary: The National Aviary houses more that 600 exotic birds and is located on Pittsburgh's North Shore. Our College Mom Minute Dr. Nancy Berk (also a TravelingMom) recommends feeding the Lories while you're there. With species ranging from tiny hummingbirds to giant Andean Condors, the National Aviary remains the country's premier bird park. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: The Stroll Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens remains on of the most impressive gardens in the country and even has living plants dating back to the 1890 Exposition. With both indoor and outdoor gardens, a bonsai collection and even a butterfly garden, the Stroll and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should not be missed. Kayak Pittsburgh: Rent kayaks under the Robert Clemente Bridge and check out the city from a view of one if it's three rivers.  The Senator John...

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Meeting of the Minds at Carnegie Mellon University
Mar22

Meeting of the Minds at Carnegie Mellon University

by Lisa Warren Late April and early May bring the end of the academic year to many college campuses, while for high schools the final push comes a bit later. For those who can swing it, late-spring college visits may provide exciting opportunities. Timing and planning a trip can be tricky, though: Activities like student-led campus tours might be unavailable when classes are not in session, such as on “reading days”* and during final exams.  Celebrating innovation and creativityAt Carnegie Mellon University, renowned for its ground-breaking research and for combining disciplines such as the arts and technology, the end-of-the-year “Meeting of the Minds” symposium on undergraduate research takes place on a Reading Day–May 4, 2011, this year. The symposium celebrates undergraduate scholarship, innovation, and creativity. It is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office, which provides advising, grant funding for student research projects, and assistance with national and international scholarship and fellowship program application processes. Meeting of the Minds draws more than 400 undergraduate student participants, from freshman to senior level, and from a wide range of majors. Individuals and small teams give oral “PowerPoint” presentations and present posters, exhibits, films, demonstrations, performances and more at this popular annual event. Competitive types can also register for one of the Special Competitions and compete for cash prizes. Thousands of fellow students, faculty, and interested visitors circulate throughout the day, meeting the student researchers and learning about their original projects. Meeting of the Minds is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center on the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, campus. Enlightening, thrilling, life-changingA small sampling of current and recent undergraduate research projects can be found here.  Among those profiled is Rachel Inman, a fifth-year senior from South Carolina, and her “My City, My Block” industrial design project. Describing the significance of the URO’s support for undergraduate student research, Rachel says, “Each year, I would visit Meeting of the Minds, walking through the exhibit spaces, and discussing the projects with my peers. It was not until spring of my junior year that I decided I wanted to undertake my own research project. . . . My SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) project not only allowed me to take an idea from initial planning stages to completion, but also pushed me to resolve how I planned to present my findings to both experts and novices.” When asked to describe in one word her experiences as an undergraduate involved in research,Rachel said, “Enlightening.” Other students chose words like “Thrilling,” “Incredible,” “Life-changing,” and “Vital.” Students and families who are similarly excited about undergraduate research opportunities but are unable to attend CMU’s Meeting of the Minds on May 4 should contact or make plans to visit the Undergraduate Research Office at Carnegie Mellon University. Tip: If you visit...

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