Each year, the department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology makes two to three awards of $1,000 each in unrestricted funds to incoming masters degree students based on academic merit and promise. Suitable candidates are identified by a thorough review of their undergraduate grades, test scores, and letters of recommendation with the goal of enhancing student diversity in the department. The scholarships are made possible by the generous support of alumni and friends through the Bob Yee Fund, established in memory of the department&tsquo;s longest-serving faculty member, Robert B. Yee.
By supporting this fund, you will continue Yee's life-long commitment to developing the next generation of scientists and public health practitioners. Contributions support tuition, travel, or other educational expenses for master’s students in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.
Support the Bob Yee Fund
To give online, click the button above and enter “Bob Yee Fund in IDM” in the “other” box when prompted on page 2.
Or, mail your gift to University of Pittsburgh,Graduate School of Public Health, Attn: Matt Hiser, director of development, 130 DeSoto Street, 1100 Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. Make checks payable to “University of Pittsburgh” and be sure to include a note that your gift is to be designated to the “Bob Yee Fund in IDM”.
Thanks to the alumni and others who have donated to the Bob Yee Scholarship Fund. The establishment of this fund is one of the greatest highlights of my career. As a result, we have been able to provide some financial support to a few of the master’s students, especially ones pursuing a career in public health. We may some day be able to support all of the master’s students. To reach this goal, I hope all of you will become sustaining donors by contributing $25 annually to the fund. Once again, thank you. I miss the good old days working with all of you. I remember each and every one of you.
—Bob Yee, from the IDM newsletter, Dec. 2013
A three-time graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (BS, MS, PhD), the late Robert B. Yee joined the Department of Epidemiology and Microbiology in 1952 (only four years after the founding of the school), marking the start of his distinguished 50-year career of teaching, mentoring, and important research on pathogenic bacteria. Over the next decades, under the mentorship of Monto Ho, Yee became the heart of what is now the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. Though he nominally retired in 1989, Yee continued to serve as an advisor and a “godfather” both to the department and to the school for nearly thirty additional years as professor emeritus.
“Bob was the consummate gentleman, the first to say hello both to faculty and especially to students. He made us all feel like family here in the department,” says current chair of the department, Charles Rinaldo. “He was totally dedicated to the graduate students in the school and tried to encourage them.”
Yee was the proud recipient of Pitt’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and of Pitt Public Health’s Gloninger Service Award (1997).
Cheyenne Annarumo awarded 2018-19 Bob Yee Scholarship
Kelsey Simon awarded 2018-19 Bob Yee Scholarship
Subramanian Thothathri awarded 2018-19 Bob Yee Scholarship
Byron Chuan awarded 2017-18 Bob Yee Scholarship
Saniya Sabnis awarded 2017-18 Bob Yee Scholarship
Jessica Salerno awarded 2017-18 Bob Yee Scholarship