Academic Accolades


Waldeck earns $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research

Waldeck, a professor in Pitt’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, earned a $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) from the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

Joseph Samosky

Samosky recognized as ESWP Higher Educator of the Year

Samosky, associate professor of bioengineering, received the Higher Educator of the Year Award from The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP).

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4 Pitt students named 2023 Critical Language scholars

Four University of Pittsburgh students have been named 2023 Critical Language scholars, an immersive summer opportunity for American college students to make rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency. Each will spend 8-10 weeks abroad.

Pitt researchers earn EPA grant to study the health impacts of increased rainfall

Three Pitt faculty members are on a team that earned an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to study the health impacts of increased rainfall among residents in predominantly Black, low-income neighborhoods.

Michael Baker

Pitt student awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Michael Baker earned a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will fund his studies toward a Master of Philosophy degree in clinical neurosciences from the University of Cambridge in England.

Santucci appointed to President Biden’s Intelligence Advisory Board

 President Biden announced the appointment of Julia Santucci, GSPIA Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.  

Beckman, Bilec earn $750,000 grant to study circular economies

Eric Beckman and Melissa Bilec, professors in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, will be co-principal investigators on a study of circular economies that earned a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Ruth Mostern

Mostern wins book prize from the Association for Asian Studies

Ruth Mostern, professor in Pitt’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, won a book prize from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) for her history of China’s Yellow River.

Pitt Law student named a 2023 Presidential Management Fellow

Kaleigh Dryden, a third-year student in Pitt’s School of Law, was named a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program.

Jennifer Lingler

Lingler earned $2.1 million to study patient reactions to Alzheimer’s diagnoses

Jennifer Lingler, vice chair for research in Pitt’s School of Nursing, will lead a study to advance understanding of real-world patient and family member reactions to biomarker-informed Alzheimer’s disease diagnoses.


Cui, Pearlman inducted to National Academy of Inventors

University of Pittsburgh Professor of Bioengineering Tracy Cui and Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Science and Technology Jonathan Pearlman, have been named Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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Pitt named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students for 2022-23

This year’s Fulbright scholars include two Pitt doctoral students, one undergraduate student and six recent graduates.

Chan elected to Association of University Cardiologists

Stephen Chan, a professor in Pitt’s School of Medicine, was elected for induction into the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC).


Two faculty named AAAS Fellows

Donna Huryn and Wen Xie, two faculty members in Pitt's School of Pharmacy, have been elected 2022 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

McCabe signs contracts for two new books for young readers

Nancy McCabe, Director of Writing Program and Professor of Writing in the Division of Communication and the Arts at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, signed contracts for two new books for young readers.

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Four win grants from Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

Two University of Pittsburgh teams were each awarded $300,000 grants from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation.

Lucas Berenbrok

Berenbrok wins Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award

The Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute named Lucas A. Berenbrok, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, the 2023 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award.

Rory Cooper

Cooper makes the National Inventors Hall of Fame

With the honor, the Pitt professor and wheelchair technology innovator joins the likes of Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs. Learn more about the award.

Thuy D. Bui

Bui earns the 2022 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award

The Pitt School of Medicine professor was recognized for her dedication to underserved and vulnerable populations in health care.

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Schikorra Receives Humboldt Research Fellowship

This highly selective fellowship is among Germany's most prestigious awards an international researcher can receive.

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2 faculty are National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Innovations in gene therapy and vaccine development earned the pair a combined 45 patents—and now, one of the highest honors for academic inventors.

Anjali Vats

Vats named a 2022 Soros Equality Fellow

The Open Society Foundations has named Anjali Vats, associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, a 2022 Soros Equality Fellows. 

Alex Firestine

Pitt’s first Mitchell Scholar

Alex Firestine, a senior in the David C. Frederick Honors College and College of Business Administration, has been named a 2024 George J. Mitchell Scholar — the first in Pitt history.

Gwen Sowa

Sowa elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation has earned one of the highest honors in health care.  

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Wipf honored for creative organic chemistry

Wipf won the 2023 Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

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Two Pitt physicists honored by the American Physical Society

Chandralekha Singh received an award for removing barriers to marginalized groups in physics, and Vittorio Paolono was named an APS Fellow.  

Evan Schneider

Schneider earns a Packard Fellowship for galaxy modeling

Assistant Professor Evan Schneider, whose research focuses on the digital modeling of galaxies, was among 20 early career professors nationwide to be named a Packard Fellow. 

Mitali Ray

Ray named a National Institutes of Health MOSAIC Scholar

Mitali Ray, a postdoctoral associate doing research in Pitt's schools of Nursing and Public Health, has been named an NIH MOSAIC (Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and and Academic Independent Careers) Scholar.

Edouard Machery

Machery elected president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology

His work tackles the philosophical issues raised by cognitive science.

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

Brick Murtazashvili named IHS distinguished fellow

Professor  Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili has been named a Distinguished Fellow for work in Peace and International Cooperation at the Institute for Humane Studies.