Carnegie Mellon University
August 27, 2021

Welcome, CBD!

Dear CBD Community,

Welcome to those of you new to Carnegie Mellon, and Welcome Back to everyone else!  After an unprecedented 18 months, we are finally coming back to campus!  Classes will start in-person on Monday, August 30th for the Fall semester.  This year, we will be joined by quite a few new members of our community:

  • MS in Computational Biology (MSCB): 44 students
  • MS in Automated Science (MSAS): 10 students
  • CMU/Pitt Joint PhD Program in Computational Biology (CPCB): 5 students

as well as others of you able to come to campus in person for the first time this Fall.

Please make sure you are aware of and continuing to follow the COVID guidelines.  We each need to do our part to manage the ongoing pandemic as best we can and keep our campus functioning safely.  Please also be aware that the situation continues to evolve and these rules are subject to change.

We understand that these are trying times for many, so please take care of yourselves and do not hesitate to reach out for help and guidance when you need it.  The department’s faculty and staff are here to help and you should feel free to get in touch with any of us.  The university also offers many resources for those who could use assistance, including CMU’s Student Academic Success Center (SASC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) (412-268-2922), and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (, or (412) 268-2150). 

We wish you all a happy and productive academic year!


Russell Schwartz
Head, Computational Biology Department