Pitt named in Princeton Review best college compilation

Scanning the Night Sky: Pitt part of worldwide effort to discover new planets

Physics and Astronomy Welcomes New Graduate Students

Brittany Coopersmith announced winner of Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session

This Summer the Physics and Astronomy Department held a joint poster session with Chemistry regarding undergraduate research. Four students from various physics and astronomy departments to include Temple University, University of Pittsburgh, and Franklin & Marshall College spent eight weeks within the Physics and Astronomy department as research fellows. On August 2nd under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Dytman, Brittany Coopersmith was named the Winning Recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. On behalf of the Physics and Astronomy Department, we wish Brittany the best with her continued success. 

Alllegheny Observatory work putting back missing pieces

Drs. Richard Maurer and Paul White receive Physics & Astronomy Department Distinguished Alumni Award

The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Pittsburgh celebrated the achievements and service of two esteemed alumni, Dr. Richard Maurer (PhD '70) and Dr. Paul L. White (MS '64), through honoring them as recipients of the inaugural Physics and Astronomy Department Distinguished Alumni Award.

In recognition of their esteemed work, the recipients were invited to a luncheon with current graduate and upper-class undergraduate students, given a tour of the department to include visiting labs and various other facilities, followed by a formal dinner and award ceremony at the Physics and Astronomy Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala held at the Allegheny Observatory on Saturday April 2, 2016.

Though Dr. White was unable to attend, Dr. Maurer discussed his work during the luncheon with Physics and Astronomy students, discussing his experience as a Physics and Astronomy student and later his work NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory regarding such projects as the New Horizons mission where his team's spacecraft design caught the first glimpses of Pluto last summer. Alumnus like Dr. Maurer and Dr. White, serve as an inspiration for students and others within the Physics and Astronomy community.



Emily Crabb Named 2016 Emma Locke Award Winner

Sandhya Rao Named Lambda Sigma Professor of the Month

Congratulations to Sandhya Rao on being named the Lambda Sigma Professor of the Month for March. Each month the Lambda Sigma Honor Society votes for a professor that has helped the members reach their academic success.

Fernando Salviatto Zago Wins Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award

Congratulations to graduate student Fernando Salviatto Zago on being named a 2016 Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award winner.

The A & S GSO Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Awards acknowledge excellence in graduate student teaching across the Arts & Sciences. Awards are presented to students nominated by faculty, fellow graduate students, and undergraduates, in each of the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Humanities. This award is named after Elizabeth Baranger, former faculty member in the department and Dean and, later, Vice-Provost of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Prestigious Chinese Government Award

Congratulations to Zhen Liu, PhD 2015 (Tao Han), on receiving the 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad is a scholarship set up by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments. Established in 2003, this award is developed to encourage research excellence and to recognize the achievements among Chinese students abroad. Thirty-six Chinese students selected from all disciplines in the ten-state jurisdiction are receiving the awards

Aaron Miller Receives 2016 DAAD RISE

Congratulations to undergraduate student Aaron Miller, junior physics major, on being one of five Pitt students to receive the nationally competitive 2016 DAAD RISE (German Academic Exchange Service Research Internships in Science & Engineering). Aaron will work at Max Planck Society on “Augmented Reality System for Controlling Swarms of Robots” for a period of two to three months this summer. Congratulations Aaron!

Emily Crabb is awarded the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Congratulations to undergraduate student Emily Crabb who was recently announced as a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Awardee. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.


Congratulations Emily!

David Snoke Chosen as a 2016 Outstanding Referee

The American Physical Society (APS) has named David Snoke one of the 146 Outstanding Referees for exceptional help in assessing manuscripts for publication in the Physical Review journals.

The selection this year was made from 30 years of records on over 69,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts, including more than 37,200 that were submitted in 2015.

The 2016 honorees come from 27 different counties. The Outstanding Referees program annually recognizes approximately 150 of the currently active referees. Like Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award.

Sergey Frolov Named 2016 Cottrell Scholar!

Sergey Frolov was one of two-dozen top early career academic scientists named as 2016 Cottrell Scholars.

The designation comes with a $100,000 award for research and teaching. The Cottrell Scholar (CS) program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy by providing these significant discretionary awards.

Outstanding candidates are admitted to the ranks of Cottrell Scholars through a stringent peer-review process based on their innovative research proposals and education programs. Sergey’s proposal is Experimental Investigation of One-Dimensional Topological Phases.