Mary Ellen Callahan Undergraduate Student Research Fund

The Mary Ellen Callahan Undergraduate Student Research Fund provides financial support to University of Pittsburgh undergraduates conducting independent research in the social sciences or humanities. The field work/experience may be conducted outside of the City of Pittsburgh. The research may be new research that could lead to a conference paper/poster, an independent research project that allows the student to explore a new area of interest, and/or be the foundation of a student’s BPhil thesis. Research may be conducted during the fall, spring, or summer term. This award does not fund study abroad fees, but if a student wishes to conduct structured independent research while in another country, it may apply.  Applicants should specify how the award would be utilized.This fund is independent of the Brackenridge Research Program.  

Who should apply?

Intellectually curious undergraduate students who are excelling academically at the University of Pittsburgh and who are pursuing or want to pursue independent research in the social sciences or humanities. Students who apply need to provide a research abstract with their application and be working with a faculty mentor who can write a letter of recommendation for the award application.

About the Fund


Mary Ellen Callahan is a 1990 University Honors College graduate who earned a Bachelor of Philosophy in political science and Russian/Eastern European Studies and was a 1988 Truman Scholar (PA). She is now a partner in a law firm in Washington, DC, specializing in privacy and cybersecurity law. Mary Ellen is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees (2010-present) and chairs the Board of Visitors for the University Honors College.