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A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University.

School and University Updates

Pitt Day of Giving – February 28

Support what makes Pitt Public Health special to you on February 28 (Pitt’s Founder's Day)! In last year's Day of Giving, Pitt Public Health was one of the top five schools by participation among Pitt's 16 schools, colleges, and regional campuses. We were proud to see faculty, staff, students, and friends rally to support the school’s mission of preventing disease and promoting health and health equity for everyone. Gifts of all sizes count towa... 

Graduation information session for students

Join Jonah McAllister-Erickson from the University Library System while he demonstrates the use of the template and upload of the file in D-Scholarship. Graduation requirements and submission of the necessary paperwork will also be covered. The information session will be held on Thursday, February 28 from 1-2:30pm in Room A521 Public Health.  

June and August 2019 graduation deadlines available

Apply for June and August 2019 graduation (term 2197) with no fee. The final deadline to apply for June is May 31. The final deadline to apply for August is July 22. Fees apply in a tiered structure between April 18 and May 31 for June and between May 23 and July 22 for August.  

WANTED: IPDEU committee members and faculty facilitators

The Interprofessional Dedicated Education Unit’s goal is to provide formal training in interprofessional practice to students and practicing clinicians. IPDEU is searching for faculty and graduate students who can assist with the ongoing development of the project including recruiting and training IPIs, developing the curriculum, recruiting and scheduling Pitt student and faculty participation, and evaluating outcomes. Don’t miss out on thi... 

Spotlight on Women Leaders at Pitt

Do you know a woman faculty, staff, or student at Pitt who contributes to the University community as an excellent mentor, role model, or leader? If so, nominate them for the Spotlight on Women Leaders program, established by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns. The Spotlight on Women Leaders recognizes women who have made an impact personally and professionally, and seeks to inspire other women to leadership roles. The group's ... 

Feeling overwhelmed? These University wellness resources may help

Pitt provides its students with a wide variety of self-care and parenting resources. The University Counseling Center is committed to promoting the overall health of all students by offering several different mental health services. Consistent with its efforts to be inclusive and to support a healthy academic-personal life balance, Pitt helps graduate and professional students who are parents to accomplish their educational goals while fulfillin... 

Registration for Allies Network Training now open!

Pitt's Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development is coming to Pitt Public Health for an Allies Network Training session. Join the Allies Network to support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allied, and asexual (LGBTQIA) members of our campus community.  

Three Minute Thesis competition comes to Pitt

PhD students: Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to effectively explain your research in three minutes or less! The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. See if you qualify for a chance to win cash prizes!      

New online process for publishing doctoral dissertations

Prior to graduating, doctoral students must set up an online account with ProQuest to manage the future online availability of their dissertation.  Be sure to share a copy of your “ETD Submission Details” e-mail with Joanne Pegher as part of your graduation paperwork.  

Call for abstracts - 2019 Health Disparities Poster Competition

Students: submit your abstract by Monday, Feb. 25. $100 prizes will be awarded in four categories: master's, doctoral, postdoctoral, and first professional.  

Student volunteers needed for Accepted Applicants Day

Do you love introducing people to Pitt Public Health? Do you need volunteer hours for a scholarship/award? Volunteer your time during Accepted Applicants Day on Friday, March 29. Current students are needed for panel discussions, registration, pre-event prep, and more. Contact Renee Hill for more information.  

Career Services

Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast: Last Chance to Register

It’s not too late to register for the Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast on Friday, February 22! Meet with alumni from all departments to learn about a variety of career paths, seek job advice, and make connections that can benefit you now and in the future. RSVP in Pitt Bridges under Events.  

Upcoming Workshops and Info Sessions

Preparing for a job interview? Attend our “Interviewing Essentials” workshop on Tuesday, March 5 (9-10am, A521PH). Interested in taking a year for national service? Join Beci Russell from National Health Corps Pittsburgh to learn about opportunities to serve post-graduation (March 6, 12-1pm, 1154PH). RSVP on Pitt Bridges.  

Never a Spectator Campus Event: Apply by Feb 22

Students will join regional visionaries for an intimate evening and dinner reception devoted to sharing a vision for public service, inspiring action, and developing the pipeline of leadership needed to foster sustainable growth and regional transformation in Pittsburgh. The event will take place on February 28, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at the University Club.  

Grants, Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

2019 John G. Bowman Faculty Grants for Research Abroad

This year the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs are offering grants of $2,000 each to Pitt faculty members to enhance the quality of their teaching or to develop new courses. Application deadline: March 15, 2019. For additional information and to apply visit .  

Travel Stipend Opportunity for Modeling the World's Systems 2019

$2,000 travel stipends to support graduate student participation in Modeling the World's Systems in Washington, D.C. May 13-15.   

Partnerships of Distinction Award from SVC for Engagement

Recognizing outstanding partnerships that are exemplars of community engagement at Pitt. Up to five awardees may be chosen with each award consisting of a $2,000 grant to support partnership activities. Apply by February 4. This year's award will be conferred during the University's Community-Engagement Scholarship Forum on March 29.   

Faculty Focus

Evidence-Based Teaching Practice Workshop Series #2: How does student knowledge organization affect learning?

Looking for practical advice to improve your teaching? Interested in research-based theory on how students learn? Join fellow Pitt Public Health instructors for the second session of a seven part workshop series.  

The Global Salon: PittGlobal announces new series for faculty

The Year of Pitt Global's new salon series will bring together faculty from across the University to build relationships and share proposed or ongoing research. The salons are organized around the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in five themes: people,  prosperity, planet, peace, and partnership. Sessions take place from noon-1:30 starting on February 19 and run through April 9.   

Learn how to help students develop critical thinking skills

What exactly do we mean when we say we want students to be critical thinkers? Join Dr. Marie Norman for a lunch hour seminar session as part of the School of Dental Medicine's Teaching and Learning Seminar Series. In this workshop, we will define what we mean by critical thinking skills, identify helpful models of critical thinking and intellectual development, and discuss practical teaching strategies to help students build critical thinking sk... 

Promotion Dossier Workshop

Learn more about preparing your promotion dossier and the FAPTC review process, hear about the experiences of two associate professors, and ask your questions during the open discussion.   

Planning Committee for Dean's Search

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee is recruiting faculty, staff, and students for a planning committee to guide efforts in the upcoming dean search. The committee will begin by organizing the election and selection of our representatives for the search committee and by compiling an initial list of potential dean candidates. Contact Catherine Haggerty to indicate interest.  

Teaching Tips

Mid-term evaluations: How to give them and why you should

Mid-term evaluations are a great tool for getting constructive feedback from students before it is too late to make adjustments to improve teaching effectiveness. Learn how to implement mid-term evaluations in six easy steps!  

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Monday 2/25 - University of Pittsburgh Deadline

2019 Health Disparities Poster Competition - Call for Abstracts

Pitt graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and first professional students in the Biomedical and Behavioral sciences are invited to submit abstracts electronically by Monday, February 25 to $100 prizes will be awarded in each category.  


Monday 2/25 - Center for Health Equity Deadline

Call for Abstracts - Health Disparities Poster Competition

Graduate and professional students and postdocs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are invited to submit work related to disparities based upon race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters. Present your work and expand your scientific, professional s...

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