Mellon College of Science

Breakthrough scientific discoveries increasingly happen at the convergence of the foundational sciences, machine learning, artificial intelligence, engineering and data analytics.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science — home to biological sciences, chemistry, mathematical sciences and physics — is uniquely positioned to reimagine and transform how science is done, accelerating the pace of life-changing research.

At MCS, we’re bringing together collaborative, cross-disciplinary teams in areas ripe for breakthrough discoveries: Cosmology, Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology and Biological Science, Quantum Electronics, Neuroscience, Earth System & Sustainability Science, Materials Discovery, and Biomedical and Health Science Research.

With your support, we will accelerate and transform discovery in the foundational sciences through the application of new technologies (including machine learning and automation), the work of talented researchers in discovery hubs, and the education of future scientists in all of our departments.

A Message from the Dean

Rebecca Doerge

The Mellon College of Science is leading a revolution in science. This revolution is occurring at the interface of the foundational sciences, automation, computation, artificial intelligence and human ingenuity — all areas where Carnegie Mellon University excels.

Our research at this interface captures the human imagination and impacts lives. We leverage computation to unravel the mysteries of the universe, automation to create solar fuels and artificial intelligence to tease out the brain’s algorithms. We train our students to be 21st century leaders and scientists who believe anything is possible.

With your support, this revolution in science is possible. Your support will empower faculty and students to reshape and influence the future of science. Your support will provide the tools, technology, space and scientific workforce needed to envision the future of science, the CMU way.

We believe that this is the moment in history to be bold and visionary. By reimagining how science is accomplished and looking toward the future, we will pave the way for unprecedented discovery. Please join us on this road to revolution.

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What will you and the Mellon College of Science

Creating an environment for foundational science and interdisciplinary research.

Creating an environment for foundational science and interdisciplinary research.

By bringing great minds together and giving them state-of-the-art resources, equipment and facilities to drive collaboration and innovation, Mellon College of Science will accelerate life-changing research. Your support will unleash discovery and accelerate innovation.

Help us make it possible
Pioneering new scientific fields through an investment in talent.

Pioneering new scientific fields through an investment in talent.

By actively seeking out the best researchers and most inspiring educators in the sciences, we will reimagine and transform the scientific enterprise for the 21st century — and beyond. Your support will build a dedicated, collaborative community of educators and researchers.

Help us make it possible
Educating and equipping future scientists.

Educating and equipping future scientists.

By encouraging the professional and personal growth of students as future scientific leaders, we’ll prepare them to be the innovators, scholars and citizens the world needs. Your support will make the undergraduate learning experience a time of bold discovery.

Help us make it possible

Help us make it possible

Creating an environment for foundational science and interdisciplinary research

  • New and Renovated Facilities
    Accelerate foundational science and new fields of discovery with enhanced spaces that revolutionize faculty and student research through automation and other advanced technology.
  • Large-Scale Equipment & Automation Tools
    Improve the capabilities of our faculty and students to conduct groundbreaking research by creating access to high-quality, state-of-the-art equipment.

Pioneering new scientific fields through an investment
in talent

  • Endowed Professorships
    Fuel faculty with funding that empowers their research and scholarly work and furthers their teaching goals, while helping us recruit and retain the best professors and scholars.
  • Entrepreneur-In-Residence
    Spur innovation at MCS with an expert who can help students and faculty make the most of their ideas and turn breakthroughs into businesses.
  • Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships
    Bolster the efforts of researchers by funding studies and projects that will serve as the basis for their future careers.
  • Breakthrough Funds
    Support promising ideas with critical early-stage funding, encouraging researchers to push boundaries and take risks that could pay off with high-impact breakthroughs.

Educating and Equipping Future Scientists

  • Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Funds
    Foster a deep sense of community for undergraduate and graduate students through student-led research and travel to professional conferences and meetings, and clubs and special events — all of which prepare them to become leaders in their fields.
  • Department Equipment Endowments
    Guarantee that each department has the latest advanced technology and equipment, giving students the tools to explore new fields of discovery and accelerate their work.
  • Scholarships and Fellowships
    Secure an education for tomorrow’s talented scientists, regardless of their financial circumstances, and help build a student body that reflects the world they will influence.
  • Program Support
    Strengthen our diversity initiatives, student advising, and graduate student training and development programs, which impact the experience for all of our scholars and ensure their success in the classroom, in the laboratory and beyond.

Discover what you can make possible in our departments

Support for key department-level initiatives will accelerate the training of the next generation of scientific leaders to make significant contributions to their disciplines and society.
Department of Biological Sciences Tell Me More
Department of Biological Sciences

Funding and naming opportunities in Biological Sciences:

  • Biomedical & Health Science Research Discovery Hub
  • Computational Biology & Biological Science Discovery Hub
  • Neuroscience Institute
  • Computational Cancer Research Center
  • Biology Laboratory Automation Project
  • Endowed Chairs
  • Career Development Professorships
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Doctoral Fellowships
  • Biological Sciences Department Fund (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  • Undergraduate Research Funds
  • Equipment Fund
Department of Chemistry Tell Me More
Department of Chemistry

Funding and naming opportunities in Chemistry:

  • Materials Discovery Hub
  • Earth Systems & Sustainability Science Discovery Hub
  • Artificial Chemical Intelligence
  • Computational Cancer Research Center
  • Instrumentation Classroom
  • Chemistry Laboratory Automation Project
  • Endowed Chairs
  • Career Development Professorships
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Department of Mathematical Sciences Tell Me More
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Funding and naming opportunities in Mathematical Sciences:

  • Mathematical Foundations of AI Discovery Hub
  • Center for Non-Linear Analysis
  • Math Olympiad Summer Program
  • Endowed Chairs
  • Career Development Professorships
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Doctoral Fellowships
  • Fellowships & Scholarships
  • Undergraduate Research Funds
  • Innovation Fund for Mathematical Sciences
  • Steve Shreve Fund for Computational Finance
  • Martin Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics
Department of Physics Tell Me More
Department of Physics

Funding and naming opportunities in Physics:

  • Cosmology Discovery Hub
  • Quantum Electronics Discovery Hub
  • Black Hole Initiative
  • Quantum Lab in Wean Hall
  • Endowed Chairs
  • Career Development Professorships
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Doctoral Fellowships
  • Undergraduate Research Funds
  • Physics Department Improvement Fund

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Contact Us
Nancy Felix
Mellon College of Science
Associate Dean for Advancement
412-268-6442