Frequently Asked Questions
1. I realize that there is lots of great info on this
page - but are there other sources of info
Office of Experiential Learning
(OEL) which facilitates all summer programs
across the campus maintains an extensive web site with lots of relevant
certainly want to check out this web
2. When does it start?
Please plan to arrive on Sunday, May 26 or Monday, May 27, 2013.
Ms. Carol Williams will be your contact
for information about housing and related details. If you should have
any questions or concerns, please feel free to call her at (412) 648-9003
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot get in touch with Ms.Williams,
then address your concerns to Dr. Penny Morel email@example.com
3. What dorm will I be in and will I have a roommate?
If you accept the housing we provide,
you will be living in a University of Pittsburgh dorm and sharing a room. For
the summer of 2013, students will be housed in Pennsylvania Hall.
Summer of 2013: Some specifics about Pennsylvania
Hall will follow. Please pick up your keys at the Panther Central in the lobby
of the Litchfield Towers (open 24/7;) during check-in where you will
receive your key card and room assignments. When you collect your keys,
ask where you can "park" during unloading, if you need that
info. The key card for your room will open the entrance door to your
room. The bedrooms are furnished with a chest of drawers, single bed and
desk and have ample closet space. Each bedroom has bathroom facilities
with a sink, shower and toilet. You will need to bring with you
your own bedding including pillow, single size sheets, blankets and towels. Janitorial
services are not provided, so you will be responsible for keeping your
4. Are there certain hours that I will be working
each day or is it more "come in when you need to"?
The minimum expectation is that every
student will work a full 40-hour week,
on a regular schedule. For example, you might start at 8:00 am, work
till 12:00, take a 30-minute lunch break, and then work 12:30-4:30. Students
who want their project to progress more rapidly are welcome to put in
additional hours as they see fit and in agreement with their advisors.
As you will discover, our research groups are extremely active with most
graduate students and post-doctoral fellows putting in additional hours
in the evening and on Saturday. At all times, safety is of paramount
concern and so the policy of never working alone in a laboratory is rigorously
enforced. The Program Director encourages you to explicitly discuss your
exact working hours with your research advisor at your first meeting.
5. Are there social activities planned that are not work based?
We hope to schedule several social events
- these will be posted on the REU web
site, (e.g., on the Calendar web page;
in the past, we have organized a Pirates game and a campus-wide picnic
as early summer events). For the most part, we leave the organizing of
social events up to the group. Pittsburgh has lots of nearby attractions,
including water parks, amusement parks, museums, professional baseball,
rafting, and so on. We encourage each member of the summer program to "organize" a
group activity for a different weekend. The activities of course will
depend on what the group is interested in doing.
6. I have a computer and I am hoping that I will be able to bring it
with me. Will I have internet access in my dorm room that is separate from the phone
All dorm rooms are hard-wired with Ethernet
ports. We will have Pitt Computer Accounts
for you when you arrive. Thus, you will
be able to connect to the Ethernet directly from your room, bypassing
the phone/modem. Once on campus, call the Technology Help Desk (4-HELP)
at any time to receive help on how to hook up your computer.
7. What should I use for my 10-week mailing address?
See the Residence Services link in FAQ
#2 for the standard University answer
for students who will be in their dorm
room for 2 semesters. Once a room is
assigned to you, you can use that service.
University of Pittsburgh
3990 Fifth Avenue
TA Box# XXX-X
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
8. Is air travel to and from Pittsburgh provided?
Yes. We will book and pay for your flight to and from Pittsburgh through our campus travel agency. Participants who drive will be reimbursed for mileage or the equivalent of an airline ticket, whichever is the lowest cost. The mileage travel expense will be reimbursed after the end of the program.
Any unspent travel allowance may be used to purchase bus passes for use during your stay and will also be reimbursed after the end of the program.
9. When will I receive my stipend checks?
You will receive $500 on the first day
as start-up money. The remaining $3,000
stipend will be paid in two equal
allotments, the last working day of the month. The June and July
checks can be picked up from your payroll administrator. Be sure to bring
a picture ID.
10. What paperwork will I need to complete or bring
Your payroll administrator for our
summer program will have been in contact with
you requesting specific information that
is required to be able to issue your
stipend check or you can contact Ms.
Williams by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or
by phone 412-648-9003 if necessary.
In addition to the trainings you
must complete during the orientation
day, there is a web training session
you must complete before you arrive on
May 21. All individuals must complete Module
1, Research Integrity, as well as the
sessions provided at orientation before they are permitted
to work in a lab. To create an account
and access the training module visit
Internet-Based Studies in Education Research
11. Can you provide me with travel directions and
how do I check in?
See this web
site for travel directions.
Once you arrive on campus, you can go
directly to Panther
Central to check into your room. Check in at the Main Desk (open 24 hours); you will receive an information packet and a room assignment. You can borrow a luggage cart for a $20 deposit (100% refunded with the cart's return).
If you are coming by air, when you arrive at the airport proceed to the “Ground Transportation” area. Your options to get to Pitt are:
- Port Authority public bus service, 28X Airport Flyer, about $2.75 one-way. This stops at Forbes Ave. and Bouquet St., near the dorm. For a schedule of times and stops, go to
- Port Authority and select 28X-Airport Flyer, inbound under Search Option 2. You must handle your own luggage on & off the shuttle.
- Airlines Transportation Company (800) BLUE VAN (800-258-3826) $22.00 one way/every hour, to hotels in the University area. The shuttle is marked “Super Shuttle”. You can get off at the Holiday Inn, but you will have to walk several blocks to Panther Central in the lobby
of the Litchfield Towers.
- Taxicab, ~$50 from airport to Pitt campus. You can call Peoples Cab at (412) 441-3200 or Yellow Cab at (412) 321-8100
12. Are there other "maps" I would find useful?
13. Anything special I need to know about Checkout?
Yes. Check out time is 11:00 am on Saturday,
August 3, 2013. The RA's will check each room with the student present. The RA will bring the Room Condition Report which is signed initially at move in. The RA and Student can complete the form together before move out.
14. Is there a packet of Welcome Information that I should expect
to receive as part of this program?
Welcome Information will be emailed to
I want to bring a car, what can you tell me about parking on campus?
Students living in the residence hall
can purchase Parking Permits. The
cost is $5 per day M-F and free on weekends (i.e., approximately $250
for the 10 weeks of the summer program). When you arrive on campus, the U Lot is located near Pennsylvania Hall.
Interested students should
contact Carol Williams's email@example.com.
How do I get around town if I don't have a car?
The campus is small enough (132 acres)
to navigate from end to end on foot.
Plus, the campus shuttle and van call
system can get you anywhere on campus
you may want to go 24/7. And, if there
is something going on off campus, like
shopping, a concert or show, students
can ride public
transportation throughout the county.
routes & shuttles (Panther