Academic Accolades

Kayla Heffernan

Heffernan won a 2024 POGIL Early Achievement Award

Kayla Heffernan, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, was named the postsecondary winner of the 2024 Early Achievement Award from the POGIL Project.

Peggy Liu

Liu honored by the Association for Psychological Science

Peggy Liu, the Ben L. Fryrear Chair in Marketing and an associate professor of business administration at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, has been awarded the 2024 Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science.

Amy Williams

Williams will be honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Amy Williams, professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, is among four composers to receive a 2024 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Pitt undergraduate student earned a Lionel Pearson Fellowship

Alex-Jaden Peart, a student in the Department of Classics, is a recipient of a 2024-25 Lionel Pearson Fellowship, which supports American- and Canadian-trained classicists and will fund a year of Peart’s graduate studies at an English or Scottish university.

Pitt ranks in top 20 for patents granted to universities worldwide

The University of Pittsburgh has ranked No. 19 of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2023, according to a list published by the National Academy of Inventors.

William Pitt Union

Pitt has been named a 2023-24 Fulbright Top Producer

The University of Pittsburgh has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. Students for the 2023-24 academic year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Vanitha Swaminathan

Swaminathan named an American Marketing Association Fellow

Vanitha Swaminathan, Thomas Marshall Professor of Marketing and director of the Center for Branding at Pitt Business, has been selected as a 2024 Fellow by the American Marketing Association.

Mark Shlomchik

Shlomchik elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the AAI

UPMC Endowed and Distinguished Professor Mark Shlomchik was elected as a 2024 Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

Rory Cooper

Cooper elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Rory Cooper, a distinguished professor in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and founding director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, was among 114 new U.S. members elected to the National Academy of Engineering Class of 2024.

Maria Salazar

Graduate student honored with the 2023 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award

Dual master’s student Maria Salazar has been announced as the 2023 winner of the Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice.

Lucas Berenbrok

Berenbrok elected as an American Pharmacists Association Fellow

Lucas Berenbrok, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy, was elected a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association by its Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Barco Law building

2 Pitt Law professors elected fellows of the American Bar Foundation

John Linarelli and Christian Powell Sundquist, professors in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, were elected as fellows of the American Bar Association.

Khirsten Scott

Scott received prestigious community engagement award

Khirsten L. Scott, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, which highlights exemplary engaged teaching and research.

Anthony Grace

Grace awarded a continuation of his National Institutes of Health grant

Anthony Grace, a distinguished professor of neuroscience and professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, received a $634,831 grant as a continuation of his study titled “Gating of Information Flow Within the Nucleus Accumbens.”

Amir Alavi

Alavi received a National Institutes of Health Trailblazer R21 Award

Amir Alavi, an assistant professor in the Swanson School of Engineering, received a three-year Trailblazer R21 Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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5 Pitt faculty selected for the 2024 ACC Academic Leaders Network cohort

Five faculty from five schools across the University of Pittsburgh were chosen to participate in the 2024 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Network program.

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Undergraduate student short-listed for the 2023 Harvey Chute Book Awards

Kaden Kashner, a sophomore in the David C. Frederick Honors College, was included on the short list for the 2023 Harvey Chute Book Awards.

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Pitt Law student earned a Peggy Browning Fellowship

Jayme Tocci, a student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earned a Peggy Browning Fellowship for the summer of 2024.

Thomas Songer

Songer won the 2023 Abraham Lilienfeld Award

Thomas J. Songer, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, was awarded the Abraham Lilienfeld Award, the most prestigious award presented by the American College of Epidemiology.

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15 undergraduate students received a 2023 Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. State Department has named 15 University of Pittsburgh students as winners of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which supports undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grants with up to $5,000 while they pursue study abroad opportunities.

Shyam Visweswaran

Visweswaran appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee

Shyam Visweswaran, a biomedical informatics professor and vice chair of clinical informatics in the School of Medicine, was recently appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee.

Pitt student entrepreneurs

Pitt student entrepreneurs selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Adam Butchy, Utkars Jain and Michael Leasure cofounded HEARTio, which is developing an algorithm called ECGio to help doctors detect coronary artery disease faster.

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23 Pitt researchers are included on Clarivate’s annual Highly Cited list

Pitt’s recognized researchers include faculty from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Swanson School of Engineering, with research interests ranging from immunology to nanoparticles.

Marco Capogrosso

Capogrosso received the Society for Neuroscience's Young Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Marco Capogrosso has received the Society for Neuroscience’s Young Investigator Award, a first for a University of Pittsburgh faculty. 

Adi Mittal

Pitt student won first place at the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition

Adi Mittal, a third-year student at the School of Medicine, won first place in the graduate student category at the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition for the development of a test to detect a brain aneurysm.

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2 Pitt faculty received funding from the National Institute of Justice

Jeff Shook and Sara Goodkind, professors in the School of Social Work, will study the implementation and impact of an Allegheny County initiative that aims to reduce referral disparities in the juvenile legal system.

Leah Jacobs

Jacobs earned a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Justice

Leah Jacobs, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, received nearly $1 million in funding to study the impact a law enforcement training program.

Deborah Moon

Moon received a CDC new investigator award

Deborah Moon, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, received a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development award to study the effects of a community-based maltreatment prevention program for parents.

Tracey Conti

Conti named to New Pittsburgh Courier's Women of Excellence list

Tracey Conti, department chair and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was selected for the New Pittsburgh Courier's Women of Excellence Class of 2023.

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Morrissey won a Creative Development Award from the Heinz Endowments

Sean Morrissey, a visiting assistant professor of studio arts in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, received a $20,000 Creative Development Award from the Heinz Endowments.