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Registration Open for Fall Cohort of Pitt's Racial Equity Consciousness Institute

A seven-session series of immersive, learner-oriented engagement modules take a multifaceted approach to contemplating race and racism, focally anti-Blackness. The institute engages participants through the referential and constructive framework to analyze the complexity and pervasiveness of racism, and reflect on what they can do, individually and collectively, to advance racial equity in their communities. First-come, first-served and open to ... 

Street Medicine student organization seeking members and officers

Introducing Pitt Public Health's newest student organization: Street Medicine! Street Medicine is a student club seeking to raise awareness and provide outreach to homeless, unsheltered patients. If you are interested in joining this club, or applying for one of the available officer positions, email Nicole Alindogan.  

Volunteer Opportunity: Ultrasound Research Laboratory

Help train new technicians on the lab's carotid ultrasound machines October 4-6. Just lie quietly for up to one hour while an ultrasound probe that produces sound waves is placed on your neck. This will produce a picture of what your carotid artery looks like on the inside. Receive a $10 VinCent card at the end of testing!   

Remaining EPCC course deadlines for 2022

Materials for new spring 2022 and summer 2022 courses are due October 1, 2021. New fall 2022 courses will be due October 28, 2021. Check out the EPCC webpage for more details.  

Two student-led journals seeking submissions: Pitt Pulse and Pitt Policy Journal

Join this creative health and science magaznie at Pitt by writing articles, creating infographics, graphic design, podcast production, and more! In addition, GSPIA's Pitt Policy Journal is looking for research papers up to 5,000 words, policy briefs, and short-form articles on any topic related to public policy and international affairs from any discipline - accepting for next issue until December 17!   

Underrepresented in the Health Sciences Mixer

Calling all underrepresented students interested in networking with staff, faculty, and fellow students working to promote the welfare and interests of students underrepresented in the health sciences. Learn about and join student organizations in the health sciences! September 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  

PittCoVax Center seeks student ambassadors, other faculty and student engagement as they prepare to add flu shots and COVID boosters

There are opportunities for both student and faculty engagement via the student ambassador program, course/clinical work, and volunteering for the upcoming flu vaccination days.   

T32 Training Grant: Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Epidemiology Training Program

The CVD Training Program is now accepting applications for one postdoctoral position. The program seeks to recruit a highly talented postdoctoral fellow (PhD, MD and equivalent) for a 2-3 year fellowship. The program emphasizes the quality collection of subclinical vascular measures, CVD biomarkers, and CVD outcomes data and how they can be used to understand the process of atherosclerosis and CVD with the goal to be independent CVD epidemiologi... 

Student Affairs is looking for peer recruiters

If you have a passion for public health and would like to help others discover Pitt Public Health, we have a great opportunity for you.   

The Information Marketplace Series

All students are invited to join us Fridays from September 10-October 1 in the first floor commons for an introduction to student organizations, certificate programs, and both school and University resources. We hope to see you there!   

Explore Our Neighborhood Series Update!

We have October event updates! On October 22 at 2:30 p.m. (new date and adjusted time!) we'll take a fall foliage walk in nearby Schenley Park to soak in the changing fall foliage of Western Pennsylvania. Low-impact/all abilities welcome!   

Career Services

Pitt Fall Virtual Career Fairs

Meet with representatives from local, regional, and national nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies. The fair will take place from 12-4pm over multiple days (Sept 23th for Liberal Arts, Sciences, & Business and Oct 1st for Computing & Information). View a list of employers on Handshake. Register in advance for   one-on-one meetings and group sessions with employers.  

Academic Career Success Virtual Conference

On 9/25 & 10/2, Beyond the Professoriate will host its 3rd annual Academic Career Success Conference for grad students and postdocs. Experts will offer tool and resources to help you advance your career despite Covid-19, learn effective presentation, writing, and time management skills, and build leadership and mentorship skills to help you in any career path. Registration is free for all Pitt students.   

Job, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

This section appears in every edition of Things to Know and summarizes opportunities from alumni/faculty/staff/employers, jobs recently posted in Handshake, and upcoming fellowship and internship deadlines.  

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) - Application Opens 9/28

This prestigious leadership program recruits master’s and doctoral students for two-year paid fellowships with the Federal government. The 2022 application will be open from Sept 28th - Oct 12th. A final info session will be held on 9/23 followed by a general Q&A on 9/27. Applicants are encouraged to review the  PMF Applicant Handbook  under "Resources" before applying.  

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States - Focus on the Caribbean

Join the Caribbean community and international partners for four days of immersion in the science of climate change and health in the Caribbean, identifying knowledge gaps, posing solutions, resource sharing, and empowerment, as we work together to address the critical public health issue of climate change.   

Registration Open for TransPride Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Conference

Over 70 workshops and counting led by folks across the U.S. and Canada, presented by the Central Outreach Wellness Center. Taking place virtually October 14-16.   

Call for Applications: Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

Funding for aspiring PhDs in support of research that is innovative and addresses urgent social policy issues. Awards are for $7,500 with additional funds and awards available. Doctoral students must be U.S. citizens or residents and must have dissertation proposals approved by their committees to be eligible to apply for this year's awards by December 1. Read more from the Horowitz Foundation...  

William T. Green Jr. Award ion Public Health Studies

If you're looking for some extra funds to support things like research costs, books, travel, or professional memberships, consider applying for this award by December 6. All degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for this award designed to support special student projects and honoring alumnus Bill Green (MMPH '01).   

Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a Promising MPH Student

Defray costs of things like travel to a conference, membership in a professional organization, textbooks, courses in public speaking or scientific writing, or other opportunities that would enhance your training as a public health practitioner with the Rycheck Award. Apply by December 6!   

Call for Applications: Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice

If you’re working or studying in an area related to public health practice and with a faculty member with an association with the Center for Public Health Practice, apply for a $2,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of opportunities to enhance your training as a public health practitioner.    

Professional Development

Call for Applications: Health Justice Scholars Program

Inviting anyone with interests or pursuing projects in health equity and justice including health equity research, policy, and practice in areas such as chronic disease, violence prevention, maternal and infant health, mental health, or interventions focused on Black, Latinx, and communities of color to apply for the second cohort of this Center for Health Equity-led program. Apply by October 1!    

Faculty Focus

New Benefits Offering through

The Office of Human Resources has partnered with for new family care benefits including a variety of providers and options to assist with needs such as after-school care, caring for a child who is home sick, caring for children whie you are working from home, caring for aging parents, and more. Open to full-time staff, full-time faculty, and full-time postdoc and associates.   

Teaching Tips

Resources for bringing active learning strategies into your classroom

Active learning gets students involved in their learning, creates an atmosphere for student engagement and metacognition in the learning process. Use these resources to learn more about bringing active learning into your classroom.  

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