Academic Accolades

Professor James Joshi

Joshi received NSF Director's Award

James Joshi, professor in the School of Computing and Information, received the National Science Foundation Director's Award.

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2 graduate students, advisors named Gilliam Fellows

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) named Rachael Kramp and Crystal Lara Santos, both studying biological sciences in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and their advisors as Gilliam Fellows.

Christine McClure

McClure earned the State of Black Learning’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Christine McClure, a senior research scientist in the School of Public Health, won the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a teacher or educational professional who has made a positive difference in the overall learning climate for Black children.

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Four Nursing faculty members, dean emeritus, to receive Sigma International Awards

John O’Donnell, Richard Henker, Young Ji Lee, and Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob will be honored with prestigious Sigma International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

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3 Pitt Med researchers named AAAS policy fellows

Stephanie Mutchler, Amelia Stephens and R. Anne Stetler were named to The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program.

Weyant appointed to the Lancet Commission on Global Oral Health

Robert Weyant, professor and chair of the Department of Dental Public Health in Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed as a member of the Lancet Commission on Global Oral Health.  

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2 Pitt students were elected to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Student Advisory Board

Joe Chen and Shay Roth, both students in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, were elected to serve on the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) Student Advisory Board.

Graham Hatfull

Hatfull earns lifetime achievement award from the European Society of Mycobacteriology

Phage researcher and clinical pioneer Graham Hatfull is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Gardner Middlebrook Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the study of tuberculosis and related diseases.

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Graduate student awarded for her doctoral dissertation research

Alex Silver, a graduate student studying cognitive psychology in Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), received one of two 2022-23 Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Awards from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS).

Lorraine Blatt

PhD candidate wins National Academy of Education fellowship

Lorraine Blatt, who is studying developmental psychology in Pitt's Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), was named a 2023 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation fellow.

Ho wins the 2023 Kerry Stoner Award

Ken Ho, associate professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, won the 2023 Kerry Stoner Award, which honors a Pittsburgh person annually for their work with HIV.

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Pitt is supporting these 35 undergrads in their summer research

Thirty-five undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh will receive $4,000 each and other support for their summer research as 2023 Brackenridge fellows.

Marci Lee Nilsen

Nilsen earns $3 million grant to study the impact of head and neck cancer treatment

Pitt Nursing and Medicine assistant professor Marci Lee Nilsen earned a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the effects of head and neck cancer treatment.

Rory Cooper

Cooper wins a Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Rory Cooper, distinguished professor in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was presented with a Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

4 incoming Pitt students are 2023 Stamps scholars

Four Pennsylvania high school seniors are among the winners of the 2023 Stamps Scholarship, which supports around 250 students each year who excel academically and are focused on leadership and community service.

Alison Linares Mendoza

Pitt student earned a Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship

Alison Linares Mendoza, an industrial engineering student, earned the Franklin D. Harris Scholarship, making her the first Pitt woman to receive a scholarship from the Vertical Flight Foundation.

Meyer Pitt’s first Berlin Prize recipient

English Professor Michael Meyer won a 2023-24 Berlin Prize Fellowship — and became the first Pitt faculty member to receive the award.

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15 Pitt students named Gilman scholars

The Gilman scholarship supports undergraduates receiving Federal Pell Grants with up to $5,000 as they study abroad.

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10 Pitt students and alums named 2023-24 Fulbright winners

Ten Pitt students and alumni have joined an esteemed group of scholars who have received one of the world's most lauded and prestigious awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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2 Pitt people earned a Heinz History Makers Award

The Heinz History Center will recognize one current and one former Pitt faculty member at its annual History Makers Award Dinner, which honors individuals in Western Pennsylvania who have profoundly contributed to the region’s innovative history and collective heritage.

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8 faculty won Pitt’s 2023 Innovation in Education Awards

The Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence recognized eight full-time and part-time faculty for projects that enhance teaching at the University and foster new instructional techniques to advance student learning. 


4 Pitt students earned Boren Awards to study language abroad

The awards, funded by the U.S. Department of State, give up to $25,000 for language-focused study abroad programs, particularly in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Swahili.

Anna Li

Li named Pitt’s first-ever recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Anna Li is the University’s first-ever recipient of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, an annual award that provides $90,000 over two years to immigrants and first-generation students pursuing graduate education.

Bopaya Bidanda

Bidanda wins dual Fulbright award

Bopaya Bidanda received the prestigious 2023-24 Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award.

Grace Fleury

Pitt student wins Goldwater Scholarship

Grace Fleury, a junior Pitt chemistry major, is now a Goldwater Scholar, which is the most prestigious scholarship aimed at STEM students and covers a year of tuition, books, fees and room and board.

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6 Pitt graduate students won NSF research fellowships

Six University of Pittsburgh graduate students won research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Adam Lowenstein

Lowenstein named a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow

Adam Lowenstein, a professor of English and film and media studies at Pitt, is among the latest class of Guggenheim Fellows.

Doctoral student wins CCRRJ Student Scholar Award

Doctoral student Bianca De Bellis has been selected as part of the inaugural cohort of Student Scholars for the Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice. 

Yu-Ru Lin

Lin receives a Foundational Integrity Research award from Meta Platforms

Yu-Ru Lin, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Computing and Information, earned a Foundational Integrity Research award.

Ryan MacElroy

Undergraduate student wins the 2023 George Washington Prize

Ryan MacElroy, a senior majoring in chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, was the recipient of this year’s Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania’s George Washington Prize.