In the Very Top
A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Pitt ranks in the very top cluster of U.S. public research universities, according to The Center for Measuring University Performance.
A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Pitt ranks in the very top cluster of U.S. public research universities, according to The Center for Measuring University Performance.
In 2019, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings again named Pitt among the top-five public universities in the Northeastern United States.
Pitt was one of 22 institutions with at least one subject ranked at No. 1 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. The University's philosophy program was recognized with a No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive year.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Pitt to the magazine's list of 100 best-value public colleges nationwide. The list, released in December 2017, marked the 13th consecutive year that Pitt was ranked as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.
Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization that identifies LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities, awarded Pitt a Campus Pride Index score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The Princeton Review included Pitt in the 2018 edition of its book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, a guide to the nation's academically best and more affordable colleges that also have excellent records of alumni employment. And Pitt was among the institutions profiled in The Princeton Review's Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom.
For the eighth time in nine years, Pitt was named one of the nation's top institutions for producing Fulbright students for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
In 2018, Thomson Reuters ranked Pitt 37th on its list of the world's 100 most innovative universities, based on such criteria as research output and patent filings.
College Factual has ranked Pitt as the best U.S. school to study health professions, based on graduates' earnings, strength of academic majors, and the number and quality of other closely related majors on campus, program accredications, and overall institutional quality.
Pitt has been included in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges since 2012.
Since 2014, Sierra magazine has annually named Pitt as one of America's "Cool Schools" for its sustainability activities.
In 2018, Pitt achieved a Silver STARS rating from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, became a Bike Friendly University (Bronze) and joined the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership.
Calling Pitt "a world class research university" with an "unwavering commitment to excellence," a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation report in September 2012 reaccredited the University for a 10-year period, without qualification, the maximum permissible time for an extension of accreditation.
Pitt ranks ninth nationally in federal science and engineering funding, according to a report from the National Science Foundation. Pitt ranks fifth among U.S. universities in terms of the competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health.
Pitt has been ranked as the top public university in the publication Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships, which measured schools' economic and developmental impacts on neighboring regions.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Pitt 43rd on its list of the best global research universities. The publication collected data from 1,250 universities worldwide.
Pitt consistently ranks in the top 20 among U.S. public universities in U.S. News' annual "America's Best Colleges" listing, and Pitt graduate schools and programs perennially earn high grades in U.S. News' "Best Graduate School" rankings.
U.S. News ranks Pitt's Bradford, Greensburg, and Johnstown campuses among the best baccalaureate colleges in the Northern United States.
Victory Media named Pitt a Military Friendly School, a designation that recognizes the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to ensure the success of veterans, both in the classroom and after graduation.
The American Association for Advancement of Science has appointed three Pitt professors as members of its 2018 lifetime fellowship cohort: James Woodward, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science; Jeremy Levy, a Distinguished Professor of Condensed Matter Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Adam K. Leibovich, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Stephen Badylak, professor of surgery and bioengineering and deputy director of the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, was among 148 renowned academic inventors elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors in 2018.
Marlene Cohen, an assistant professor of neuroscience, won the National Academy of Sciences 2018 Troland Research Award for her work examining how neurons in the brain process visual information.
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Robert Brandom was named a fellow fhe British Academy in 2018. He is one of only 14 philosophers outside Great Britain to have earned this honor since the Academy was founded in 1902.
Dawn Lundy Martin, director of Pitt's Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, is one of just 36 writers to earn a 2018 creative writing fellowship with the National Endowments for the Arts.
Edouard Machery, Distinguished Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, earned both The Humboldt Research Award and a $2.6 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 to study the diversity of people's conceptions of understanding, wisdom and knowledge around the world.
Mary Allias, an assistant professor at Pitt's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was recognized in 2018 as a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for exemplary achievement in service to the profession, the advancement of health care and in dedication to the community.
School of Medicine Vice Dean Ann Thompson won the 2018 Leadership Award for an individual from the Group on Women in Medicine and Science. The award is given to people and organizatons that demonstrate "significant impact for the advancement of women's roles in academic medicine and science."
Emily Elliott, an associate professor in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School's Department of Geology and Environmental Science, received the American Geophysical Union's 2018 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring.
Valerie Kinloch, the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, received the 2018 Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
David A. Vorp, associate dean for research and John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2018 in recognition of his innovate and sustained contributions in scholarship, education and volunteer service to the organization.
Steven Little, the William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor and Chair of Pitt's Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, received the Controlled Release Society's 2018 Young Investigator Award.
William Wagner, director of Pitt's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and professor of surgery, bioengineering and chemical engineering, received the 2018 Inventor of the Year award from the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association.
Rory Cooper, founding director and VA senior research career scientist of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pitt's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded the American Institute for Biomedical Engineering's 2018 Advocacy Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to humanity and the field of bioengineering.
David Beck, an assistant professor in Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies Program, was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2018 for exemplary achievement in service to the profession, the advancement of health care, and dedication to the community.
Election to the the academy, one of the highest honors in health and medicine, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Pitt's current NAM members include:
Clifton Callaway, the Ronald D. Stewart Endowed Chair in Research in Pitt's Department of Emergency Medicine and executive vice chair of emergency medicine at UPMC, elected in 2018.
Robert M. Friedlander, the Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology in Pitt's School of Medicine and chair of the UPMC Department of Neurological Surgery, 2018.
Amy Houtrow, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics, School of Medicine, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2018.
Yoel Sadovsky, director of the Magee-Womens Research Institute and professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, School of Medicine, 2013
Michael Boninger, professor and chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012
Jennifer R. Grandis, Distinguished Professor and vice chair for research, Department of Otolaryngology, 2012
Nancy E. Davidson, professor of medicine, Hillman Professor of Oncology, associate vice chancellor for cancer research, and director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Centers, 2011
Jeannette E. South-Paul, UPMC Andrew W. Mathieson Professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine, 2011
Jeremy Berg, associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning for the schools of the health sciences, 2010
Donald S. Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health, 2009
David H. Perlmutter, Vira I. Heinz Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, 2008.
David A. Lewis, professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and director of the Translational Neuroscience Program, 2007
Timothy R. Billiar, George Vance Foster Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, 2006
David Brent, professor of psychiatry, pediatrics, and epidemiology in the School of Medicine and academic chief,adolescent psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 2005
James M. Roberts, professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, 2002
Karen A. Matthews, professor of psychiatry, epidemiology, and psychology and director of the cardiovascular behavioral medicine research training program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and of the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center, 2002
Ellen Frank, professor of psychiatry and psychology, 1999
Bruce G. Buchanan, professor of computer science, philosophy, and medicine, 1997
Richard L. Simmons, distinguished service professor in the Department of Surgery, 1994
Bernard D. Goldstein, professor emeritus and former dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, 1991
Savio L-Y Woo, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center, 1991
David J. Kupfer, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and professor of neuroscience in the School of Medicine, 1990
Judith R. Lave, codirector of the Center for Research on Health Care and professor of health economics, business administration, economics, and psychiatry, 1990
Bernard Fisher, Distinguished Service Professor, 1985
NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. An Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, calls upon the NAS to provide independent advice to the government on matters related to science and technology. Pitt's current NAS members include:
Yuan Chang, Distinguished Professor and American Cancer Society Professor in the Department of Pathology, 2012
Patrick S. Moore, Distinguished Professor and American Cancer Society Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, 2012
Peter Strick, Distinguished Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, 2012
Angela M. Gronenborn, UPMC Rosalind Franklin Professor and Chair, Department of Structural Biology, 2007
Susan Amara, Thomas Detre Professor and Chair, Department of Neurobiology, and Codirector of Pitt's Center for Neuroscience, 2004
Robert D. Drennan, professor, Department of Anthropology, 2004
Founded in 1780, AAAS is an independent policy research center that conducts interdisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. AAAS Fellows currently on the Pitt faculty include:
Angela Gronenborn, Distinguished Professor of Structural Biology, School of Medicine, and professor of bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, elected in 2018
Terrance A. Hayes, professor, Department of English, 2016
James F. Woodward, Distinguished Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, 2016
Lauren B. Resnick, University Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, 2013.
Bruce A. Freeman, professor and chair, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, 2012
Peyman Givi, James T. MacLeod Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, 2012
Valerian E. Kagan, professor and vice chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, 2012
Allan R. Sampson, professor, Department of Statistics and Department of Biostatistics, 2012
Nuel D. Belnap Jr., Alan Ross Anderson Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, 2008
Mark L. Wilson, professor of philosophy, director of graduate studies, and a fellow of Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science, 2007
Anil K. Gupta, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, professor of history and philosophy of science, and a fellow of Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science, 2006
Peter L. Strick, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry and codirector of Pitt's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, 2004
Robert Brandom, Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, 2000
John S. Earman, University Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, 1993
John McDowell, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, 1992
The University of Pittsburgh History of Award Winners list is a record of Pitt undergraduate student and alumni recipients of nationally competitive awards. The University Honors College relies on Pitt students, alumni, faculty, and staff to share news of successes in national competitions. Please contact Shannon Mischler, firstname.lastname@example.org, with updates for the list.
Honors College National Scholarship Advising provides guidance and support to undergraduate students and alumni who are interested in pursuing national and international scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
Eight Pitt students have won Rhodes Scholarships, the world's oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards. The scholarship provides full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at Britain's University of Oxford.
The University's 2019 Rhodes recipient, Lia Petrose, earned degrees at Pitt in neuroscience and economics with a minor in chemistry. In 2016, she received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She plans to pursue a second bachelor's degree in computer science and philosophy at Oxford.
Established by the U.S. Congress, the Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based federal award to college juniors who wish to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the nonprofit sector, or elsewhere in public service. Twelve Pitt students have won Truman Scholarships.
The Marshall Scholarship, created by the British Parliament in honor of U.S. Army General George C. Marshall, provides access and funding at any university in the United Kingdom for two years of study toward a degree. Nine Pitt students have won the Marshall, including Anna Quider in 2007. Quider also won the Goldwater Scholarship (2005) and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2008). She earned a PhD in astronomy from the University of Cambridge and currently is the Director of Federal Relations at Northern Illinois University. Previously, she worked to improve local and global communities through international cooperation by supporting U.S. Department of State policies and programming at the intersection of science, innovation, and diplomacy.
Two Pitt students, David Palm and Clayton Magill, have won Churchill Foundation Scholarships—Palm in 2014, and Magill in 2006, the first year Pitt was invited to participate in the competition. The scholarship program provides American students full support for one year of graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences at the University of Cambridge's Churchill College. Palm earned his Master of Philosophy degree in chemistry while working to optimize a photoelectrochemical device design for efficient solar-driven water splitting for the production of hydrogen gas. He currently is a PhD student at Stanford University, and he has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
For the seventh consecutive year (2018), The Chronicle of Higher Education named Pitt a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant winners. The flagship international educational exchange program for the U.S. government, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or English teaching assistantships.
More than 120 Pitt students and alumni have received Fulbright grants since 2006, including Katherine "Nikki" Luke, who earned a master's degree in environmental governance at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom on the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in 2014. Luke is a policy analyst at the Don Vial Center on the Green Economy at UC Berkeley, examining the overlapping concerns that arise in environmental policy of job quality and creation, environmental justice, and just transition for industrial workers.
Fifty-nine Pitt students have won Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which are awarded to college sophomores and juniors who plan to be scientists, mathematicians, or engineers. Pitt's latest Goldwater Scholars are Julia Driscoll, Teja Peddada, Mariya Savinov and Swapna Subramanian (2019).
Nine Pitt students have been awarded Udall Undergraduate Scholarships for their leadership, public service, and commitment to careers related to the advancement of American Indian nations or the environment. The scholarships are awarded by the Udall Foundation, established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 and named for Congressmen Morris King Udall and Stewart Lee Udall, both of Arizona, for their exemplary public service. Ying Chen "Bailey" Lien, an aspiring physician who plans to focus her career on public health and environmental affairs, won the Udall in 2016.
In 2009, Pitt student Katherine MacCord won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, awarded to students from outside the United Kingdom for graduate-level study at the University of Cambridge. MacCord is pursuing her PhD in history and philosophy of science at Arizona State University.
The Beinecke Scholarship is awarded to juniors who demonstrate financial need and exceptional academic promise and wish to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Dennis Doyle, a Pitt junior studying studio arts and chemistry, was named a 2018 Beinecke Scholar.
Boren Awards provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests; 53 Pitt students and alumni have received Boren Awards, including eight in 2018. Viveka Mandava won the Boren Scholarship in 2012 to study Kiswahili, East African history, and international relations in Dar es Salaam, where she also interned at the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation. Currently, she works at 270 Strategies, helping clients build modern grassroots campaigns that change the world.
Pitt students and alumni, including five in 2018, have won U.S. Department of State-sponsored scholarships to study Arabic, Bengla, Hinki, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, and other critical-need foreign languages.
Joseph Kannardat, who studied economics and neuroscience at Pitt, earned the nation's first-ever Kanders Churchill Scholarship in 2017 and, as a result, he is studying public policy at the University of Cambridge.
GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, and top universities and research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering. Pitt's Jann Grovogui won the GEM Fellowship in 2015. Currently, he is a PhD student in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, and he has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
More than 80 Pitt students since 2001 have been awarded the Gilman Scholarship to participate in study-abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad, and the regions where they go, by providing awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Cadijah Walcott won the Gilman Scholarship in summer 2015 to study renewable energy systems at the Danish Institute in Copenhagen.
The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore topics related to discrimination and social resistance as well as issues affecting underrepresented groups around the world. Programs are held over the summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo, and Warsaw. Twenty Pitt students have been awarded Humanity in Action Fellowships since 2006, including Mehrgol Tiv in 2016.
Five Pitt students — most recently David Leftwich, in 2017 —have won Pickering Fellowships, which provide financial and professional support for undergraduate students preparing to enter the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service.
The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering overseas to undertake self-designed projects that will enhance their careers within the field. Ten Pitt students have received Whitaker Program grants, including Daniel Freer and Drake Pedersen in 2015. Lisa Volpatti was a Whitaker International Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where she earned a MPhil in chemistry in 2014. She is currently a PhD candidate in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
From launching the biotech industry to winning Nobel Prizes, University of Pittsburgh graduates have made their marks on the world—and changed it for the better.
Pitt graduates have excelled on stage and on the page. The following are some of the University's A&E high achievers.
Daniel Borzutzky, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry
Bebe Moore Campbell, author of three New York Times bestsellers
Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
Gene Kelly, Oscar-winning actor, choreographer, dancer, and director
Lorin Maazel, symphony conductor
Gerald Stern, poet and author
For many Pitt student-athletes, the glory doesn't stop after graduation. Pitt alumni have medaled at the Olympics, coached teams to championships, and shared their sports knowledge with fans via TV, radio, print, and the Web.
Mike Ditka, Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl-winning coach
Tony Dorsett, the first player to win a college football national championship (plus the Heisman Trophy) and the Super Bowl in back-to-back years
Roger Kingdom, two-time Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler
Billy Knight, NBA player and general manager
Dan Marino, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and TV analyst
Mark May, Outland Trophy-winning Pitt lineman, Super Bowl-winning NFL player, and ESPN analyst
Art Rooney II, President of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Trecia-Kaye Smith, triple jump world champion
John Bain "Jock" Sutherland, who coached Pitt to five national college football championships
John Woodruff, Olympic gold medal winner in the 800-meter run
Graduates of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, College of Business Administration, and other Pitt units are among the nation's leaders in business and entrepreneurship.
Bibiana Boerio, finance and strategy director for Ford's International Operations and former managing director of Jaguar Cars Ltd.
Sam Colella, venture capitalist who specializes in life-science investing
Robert Colwell, chief architect of four generations of the Pentium chip
William S. Dietrich II, business leader, investor, author, and philanthropist who gave Pitt the largest individual gift in its history, a $125 million fund
Frances Hesselbein, former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
Thomas A. Mellon, founder of the Mellon banking dynasty, and his sons Andrew W. and Richard B. Mellon, bankers, industrialists, and philanthropists who served Pitt as trustees and donors. Andrew Mellon also served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health
Kevin Sharer, board chair and CEO of Amgen Inc.
Ray Smith, retired board chair and CEO, Bell Atlantic
John Swanson, engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of ANSYS Inc.
Burt Tansky, retired president and CEO, Neiman Marcus
Thomas Usher, board chair of Marathon Oil, formerly CEO and COO of U.S. Steel
Pitt has long been an international leader in education, preparing students to be teachers, researchers, public policy experts, and administrators.
Steven Beering, president emeritus, Purdue University
Catherine DeAngelis, medical educator and editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Medical Association
Lap-Chee Tsui, Chinese-Canadian geneticist and vice chancellor and president of the University of Hong Kong
Along with teaching and research, public service is a core mission of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt students continue that legacy of service after they graduate.
C. Scott Harrison, orthopaedic surgeon who cofounded CURE International to treat disabled children
Abul Hussam, inventor of a simple, inexpensive filter that removes arsenic from drinking water and is saving lives in developing countries
Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, political activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Holmes Rolston III, "father of environmental ethics" and winner of the Templeton Prize for advancing peace, social justice, and human knowledge
Bill Strickland, founder and CEO of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, author, and MacArthur "Genuis" Fellow
Generations of Pitt alumni have informed the public as reporters, editors, broadcasters, and bloggers, including the following individuals.
Frank Bolden, pioneering African American newspaper reporter
Lynette Clemetson, director of StateImpact (a reporting project between NPR and member stations) and a former reporter for The New York Times and Newsweek
Myron Cope, award-winning sportswriter and broadcast voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Al Primo, broadcast journalist who created the "Eyewitness News" format
The following are among the national, state, and foreign leaders who earned Pitt degrees.
Ralph J. Cappy, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senator for Utah
K. Leroy Irvis, Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Mahmoud Jibril, who served as acting prime minister of the Libyan rebel government during the 2011 civil war that drove Moammar Gadhafi from power
Roscoe Robinson Jr., first African American four-star Army general
Dick Thornburgh, Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Attorney General
Pitt graduates have expanded the boundaries of knowledge, from life-saving medical breakthroughs to searches for signs of Martian life.
Herbert Boyer, genetic engineer whose research on the DNA molecule launched the biotechnology industry
Bernard Fisher, pioneering oncologist whose research fundamentally altered understanding of breast cancer
Kevin Guskiewicz, a sports medicine scholar and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow who was among the first to identify the long-term threats to athletes of multiple concussions
Philip Hench, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the hormone cortisone and its effectiveness in treating rheumatoid arthritis
Norman Horowitz, biochemical evolutionist who devised NASA experiments searching for signs of life on Mars
Paul Lauterbur, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for research that made magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) possible
Bert W. O'Malley, "father of molecular endocrinology" and National Medical of Science winner
James Theodore, pioneer in heart-lung and lung transplantation
Vladimir Zworykin, Russian-American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology
Eight Pitt buildings and renovation projects have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council since 2005: the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Gold), the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (Gold), the Swanson School of Engineering Benedum Hall Renovation Phase I (Gold), the Chevron Science Center addition (Gold), the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower 12th-floor renovation (Gold), the Mid-Campus Research Complex Nuclear Physics renovation (Silver), the Greensburg campus's Frank A. Cassell Hall (Gold), and Mark A. Nordenberg Hall (Silver).
Eight additional projects are pursuing LEED certification.
The Chevron Science Center and the Greensburg campus's Frank A. Cassell Hall were honored as part of the Master Builders' Association (MBA) of Western Pennsylvania's 2012 MBA Building Excellence Awards competition. Chevron won in the "New Construction Between $10-25 Million" category, and Cassell Hall was the winner in the "New Construction Under $10 Million" category. The MBA Building Excellence Awards are the region's most prestigious awards in the commercial construction industry.
The Chevron Annex within the Chevron Science Center won the 2012 Society for College and University Planning Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse Honor Award.
Benedum Hall (constructed in 1971) has received an Honor Award as well as a Distinguished Building Award from the Pennsylvania Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Biomedical Science Tower 3 (2003-05) has won awards from AIA/New England and AIA/Pittsburgh as well as an Award for Design from the Boston Society of Architects.
The Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (1993) won an Award for Excellence in Architectural Design from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects in addition to an Honor Award from AIA/Pittsburgh.
AIA/Pittsburgh honored Hillman Library (1965-68) with a 1996 Timeless Award for Enduring Design.
The Petersen Events Center (2002) won a 2003 Innovative Architecture & Design Honor Award.
The Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower (1990) received a Lab of the Year Award from R&D Magazine.
The 42-story Cathedral of Learning is the iconic heart of the University of Pittsburgh. A landmark listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Gothic Revival skyscraper is the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere.
Like the Cathedral, Pitt's Allegheny Observatory is designated as a landmark in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Greek Revival astronomy facility was constructed between 1900 and 1912.
Four Pitt buildings have earned Pennsylvania State Historical Designations: the Allegheny Observatory, Salk Hall, the Stephen Foster Memorial, and the William Pitt Union.
The following Pitt buildings are Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks: the Allegheny Observatory, Allen Hall, Alumni Hall, Amos Hall, Bellefield Hall, Brackenridge Hall, Bruce Hall, the Cathedral of Learning, the Chancellor's Residence, the Child Development Center, Gardner Steel Conference Center, Holland Hall, McCormick Hall, Salk Hall, the Stephen Foster Memorial, Thaw Hall, and the William Pitt Union.
Pitt's 19 varsity teams compete at the highest level of U.S. collegiate athletics. In addition to traditionally fielding competitive football and men's basketball teams, Pitt has produced dominant squads in baseball, women's basketball, gymnastics, swimming and diving, volleyball, and wrestling.
Among Pitt's 475 student-athletes, 393 earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average in 2015, including 44 who achieved a perfect 4.0. Pitt athletic programs post strong numbers in the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Ratings, with 13 of Pitt's 17 programs performing at or above the national average in 2016.
Pitt has won nine national football championships, the most of any major college program in the Eastern United States and the sixth-highest total ever. The Panthers were the first football team to wear numbered jerseys, travel by plane, and play in a game broadcast on radio. Among the many Panthers who went on to play in the NFL are Pro Football Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Chris Doleman, Tony Dorsett, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dan Marino, and Curtis Martin.
The Pitt men's basketball team has made 25 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the Final Four once, to the Elite Eight three times, and to the Sweet Sixteen seven times; the team has won 10 conference regular-season championships and four conference tournament championships. In the era preceding national tournaments, the Panthers were ranked as national champions three times. The women's basketball team has made four NCAA tournament appearances, twice advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.
Pitt students and alumni who have medaled in the Olympics include John Woodruff (gold medal, 800-meter run, 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin), Herbert Douglas Jr. (bronze, long jump, London 1948), Dick Rydze (silver, 10-meter diving, Munich 1972), and Roger Kingdom (gold, 110-meter hurdles, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988). Marisa Pedulla took fourth place in women's judo in Atlanta in 1996. Pitt Professor Savio Woo is the only engineer to win an Olympic Gold Medal—for sports medicine.