Things to Know

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. To view in your web browser, visit

From the Dean

School and University Updates

Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a Promising MPH Student

The deadline for applying for the Russell Rule Rycheck Award, a $500 award for MPH students committed to the practice of public health, is December 4. Funds can be used for books, coursework, travel, or professional development.     

William T. Green Award in Public Health Studies

The deadline for applying for the William T. Green Jr. Award, a $750 award to support research and special projects for currently enrolled Pitt Public Health students, is December 4. Funds can be used for direct research costs, books, travel, or professional memberships.  

What's happening at HSLS

Helena M. VonVille, the Health Sciences Library System liaison to Pitt Public Health, shares updates and tips for researchers and the entire school community.  

Updated Academic Calendar for Spring 2020 released

An updated spring 2020 academic calender was released earlier this week. The Flex@Pitt model will still be used so that the University can provide instruction no matter what trajectory the COVID-19 pandemic takes during these months. Major changes to the schedule include a later start to the term, the elimination of spring break, and the addition of two student self-care days.  

COVID-19 updates

Summary guidelines for Pitt Public Health during "Guarded" posture

With the Oakland campus' first day in the “Guarded” operational risk posture on Monday 10/19, school leadership summarizes guidelines.   

More COVID-19 news, announcements, and resources

Career Services

Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship Program Information Sessions

Attend a virtual info session to learn more about this year-long, direct service, interdisciplinary, paid fellowship program. Fellows experience the benefits and challenges of working with disadvantaged populations in southwest PA. This year's sessions will take place between Nov 8th and Jan 12th and include special areas of focus, including health and science. Register in advance.  

The Office of Evaluation Sciences Seeks Fellows for 2021

OES is a team of applied researchers that works to build insights from the social and behavioral sciences into federal programs. Applications are being sought for Fellows, more junior Associate Fellows, and Health Fellows with expertise in health policy. The year-long fellowships begin in fall 2021.  

Job Openings at the Breathe Chicago Center

The Breathe Chicago Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducts research in COVID-19 and chronic lung disease. The center is looking to fill positions for Clinical Research Coordinators and a Visiting Clinical Research Data Manager.  

ORISE GO App for Internship, Fellowship and Research Opportunities

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education recently released an app that offers students, recent grads and postdocs a tool to search and apply for hundreds of STEM internships, fellowships and research opportunities at national labs and facilities across the United States, including opportunities with the CDC, FDA, NIH, and other governmental agencies.  

Opportunities at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

On Nov 6th, join analysts from the Health Care team at the GAO to learn about the agency’s mission, paid internship and employment opportunities, and life as an analyst at one of the best places to work in the federal government (top 5 mid-sized agencies). The Health Care team has an exciting portfolio of issues including the effectiveness of federal health care programs and responses to public health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Teaching Tips

How to use the chat box for student engagement

Balancing the various elements at play in a Zoom class may feel more like a juggling act. Learn some takeaways from an unlikely source regarding how to engage your students via the chat box.  

View more teaching tips

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Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these upcoming dates:

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  • 9/22
  • 10/6
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