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Dean's Day

Annual Student Research Poster Competition

During Dean’s Day—Pitt Public Health’s annual student research competition since 1999—students present their research during multiple poster sessions. Faculty members judge presentations for prizes, students evaluate posters for Grand Rounds credit, and the Pitt Public Health community learns about our students' research. After the poster sessions scores are tabulated, Dean Burke invites the winners to give oral presentations of their work during an awards ceremony.

To compete, students must prepare and submit an abstract. All students who submit abstracts give poster presentations. All currently matriculated Pitt Public Health students are eligible to compete, with the exception of the previous year’s first place master’s and doctoral winners.


The 21st Annual Dean's Day poster sessions will be held in the Commons Area (1st floor). There will be daily sessions on April 3rd, 4th and 5th, from 9:00 - 11:00am and 1:30 - 3:30pm. 

The Awards Ceremony and Oral Presentations will be held on April 16th stay tuned for the time and location.

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Past Winners

View all of the the past Dean’s Day award winners.

Submit an abstract

The abstract deadline for posters is Friday, March 1, 2019. 

Abstract submission form 

2019 Schedule

Poster Sessions
Daily sessions from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 3, 4, and 5. 

All sessions in the Public Health Commons (1st floor). 

Awards Ceremony and Oral Presentations
April 16, Time: TBD  


Consider also submitting your abstract to the 2019 Health Disparities Poster Competition, sponsored by the Office of Health Sciences Diversity. Submission deadline is February 25.

Preparing a Poster


Check out the Dean's Day FAQs.

School-Level Awards

Doctoral level
First Place: $500
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300

Master’s level
First Place: $500
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300

Specialized awards
Herbert Rosenkranz Prize: $500
Delta Omega Poster Award: $300
Center for Public Health Practice Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice Award: $250
Catherine Cartier-Ulrich Memorial Award for Service to the Underserved: $500

*Students are eligible to win a doctor or master’s level award and a specialized award.
All awards are directly deposited into students’ University financial accounts. Should there be a $0 balance on the account, the student will receive a refund for the full amount of the award.
This event is eligible for Public Health Grand Rounds credit(s). For details visit
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