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Pittsburgh Summer Program 2:
A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups, July 16 to July 20, 2018

Call for Applications

The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce a call for applications for PSP2:  A Summer Program for Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy of Science, which will be held in the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh from July 16 to July 20, 2018.

Who is it for?

  • Undergraduates from North America
  • Women
  • Underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • Students with disabilities
  • First-generation undergraduates
  • Other undergraduates from groups underrepresented in philosophy of science

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 about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (e.g., physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by 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.

For further details, visit the page for PSP1, where you'll find last year's course descriptions, schedule, etc.

Housing, meals, and transportation costs (US travel only) will be covered, and all course materials provided. Applications are due March 1, 2018, and participants will be notified by April 1, 2018.

How to apply

To apply, please send the following materials to cjo13@pitt.edu:

  • Cover letter describing your interests in philosophy of science (including the philosophy of physics, biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, social sciences, etc.) and your post-graduation plans.  Please briefly indicate relevant demographic information (racial/ethnic heritage, gender, etc.).
  • CV (including College/University affiliation, major, GPA, high school, awards        and recognition, any philosophy courses taken).

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).


For those participants in the PSP2 program and other similar programs aimed at increasing diversity, the University of Pittsburgh will waive the application fee to the graduate programs in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (www.hps.pitt.edu/graduate/admissions.php), and in the Department of Philosophy (www.philosophy.pitt.edu/application-instructions).

Sponsored with generous support from The Office of The Provost, University of Pittsburgh




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