Academic Accolades

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Pitt has three new National Endowment for the Humanities awardees

Adam Cilli, an assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Mrinalini Rajagopalan, associate professor and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Annette Vee, an associate professor of English, have received new grants for their research from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chandralekha Singh

Singh received an AAPT award for physics education

Chandralekha Singh, a distinguished professor of physics in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has been named the John David Jackson Excellence in Graduate Physics Education Award winner for 2024, the American Association of Physics Teachers announced.

Anthony Grace

Grace among ScholarGPS’ Highly Ranked Scholars

Anthony A. Grace, distinguished professor of neuroscience, has been named a ScholarGPS Highly Ranked Scholar, a ranking that recognizes scholars for exceptional performances across fields, disciplines and specialties.

Kale Serrato Doyen

PhD student Kale Serrato Doyen is a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation fellow

Kale Serrato Doyen, who is pursuing a PhD in history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship.

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2 Pitt Medicine faculty earn AGA mentor awards

Robert E. Schoen is a professor of medicine and epidemiology, and Dhiraj Yadav is a professor of medicine and vice chair for clinical research within the Department of Medicine, have been honored with American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute Council Section Research Mentor Awards.

Emily Elliott

Elliott selected as a fellow of the Ecological Society of America

Emily Elliott, a professor of geology and environmental science in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

Norman Wolmark

Wolmark honored by the American Surgical Association

Norman Wolmark, professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received the Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care from the American Surgical Association.

Brooke Rawls and Lawrence Uradu

2 Pitt faculty are on the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 40 under 40 list

Brooke Rawls, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, and Lawrence Uradu, assistant professor of radiology in the School of Medicine, are both members of this year’s class of young African American professionals in Greater Pittsburgh.

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A team led by Stephen Y. Chan received an American Heart Association award

Stephen Y. Chan, professor of medicine and director of Pitt’s Vascular Medicine Institute, will lead a University of Pittsburgh and Prairie View (Texas) A&M University research team as part of a $15 million award from the American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Research Network on Inflammation in Cardiac and Neurovascular Disease.

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Pitt scored a top 10 finish in its first National Bioethics Bowl

A University of Pittsburgh team finished in ninth place at the National Bioethics Bowl on April 13 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. It was the first time Pitt appeared in the competition.

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5 Pitt students earned Boren Awards to study language abroad

Five University of Pittsburgh students were named winners of Boren Awards, which provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad in critical world regions, learning languages and cultures.

Jenny Ruiz

Ruiz named to the National Hispanic Medical Association 40 Under 40 list

Jenny Ruiz, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, was named to the 2024 National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Top 40 Under 40 list.

Marie Norman

Norman awarded innovative education award from Association for Clinical and Translational Science

Marie Norman, Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science, was awarded the Rebecca Jackson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education Innovation by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

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8 students named to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The GRFP is a prestigious program that supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 NSF-supported STEM fields. 

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2 Dietrich School faculty earned ACLS Fellowships

Two University of Pittsburgh faculty members in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences received American Counsel of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships to conduct a full-time research project over the 2024-25 academic year: Dela Kuma and Kaliane Ung.

Michael Deem

Deem earned a fellowship to develop a new undergraduate course

Michael Deem, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, was recently awarded a Signature Course Fellowship by the University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies.

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5 undergraduates will represent Pitt at the 2024 ACC Meeting of the Minds

Five undergraduate students will represent the University of Pittsburgh at the 2024 ACC Meeting of the Minds: Michelle Chung, Connor Diaz, Priya Gupta, Neharika Murthy, and Alivia Pierce.

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Pitt senior named to the German Academic Exchange Service

Sydney Wilhelmy, a senior in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the David C. Frederick Honors College, was named to the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), translated in English as the German Academic Exchange Service.

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Nine University of Pittsburgh women on the 2024 Women of Influence list

Amongst those honored by the Pittsburgh Business times is Vera Krekanova, an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Raman Venkataramanan

Venkataramanan received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Distinguished Investigator Award

Raman Venkataramanan, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, earned the 2024 Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

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2 Pitt faculty elected Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Leah Byrne and Associate Professor of Immunology Greg M. Delgoffe have been elected as Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors.

Chloë Glover

Pitt PhD candidate earned a Mendenhall Research Fellowship

Chloë Glover, a PhD candidate in Pitt’s Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mendenhall Research Fellowship.

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2 Pitt students received 2024 Critical Language Scholarships

Two University of Pittsburgh students, Dannial Cardillo and Christina White, have been named 2024 Critical Language scholars.

Anthony Grace

Grace elected to the Schizophrenia International Research Society board

Anthony Grace, distinguished professor of neuroscience in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, was elected to serve a four-year term on the board of the Schizophrenia International Research Society.

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.

Jonathan Rubin

Rubin elected chair of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on Dynamical Systems.

Jonathan Rubin, professor of mathematics, was elected as chair of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on Dynamical Systems.

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.