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Pittsburgh Summer Program 1:
A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

July 10 to July 14, 2017


Who should apply?

  • Undergraduates only
  • Women
  • Underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • Students with disabilities
  • Open to North American students only

Exceptions may be granted to undergraduates not in these groups on a case-by-case basis (please explain your situation in your cover letter). Past coursework in philosophy of science is not a prerequisite for application to the Summer Program.

What is it?

The Summer Program will feature two daily graduate seminars and some shorter lectures about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by the internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. Visiting lecturers include Quayshawn Spencer (U. Pennsylvania, Philosophy of Biology and on Race) and Serife Tekin (Daemen College, Philosophy of Psychiatry).


Housing, meals, and transportation costs will be covered, and all course materials provided.


Applications are due March 15, and participants will be notified by April 15.

How to apply

Send the following three documents (Word or PDF) to cjo13@pitt.edu

  • CV (including College/University affiliation, major, GPA, high school, awards & recognition, any philosophy courses taken).
  • Cover letter describing your interests in philosophy of science (including the philosophy of physics, biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, social sciences, etc.). Please briefly indicate relevant demographic information (racial/ethnic heritage, gender, etc.).
  • A faculty member should also send separately a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant to the same email address: cjo13@pitt.edu.


For further questions, please contact Edouard Machery (machery@pitt.edu), the Center’s Director, or Joyce McDonald (pittcntr@pitt.edu).

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