Graduate Student Accolades
Mateus Martins (ENGR ’19G) is making Pittsburgh more equitable through an uncommon route — by improving the city’s streets. As a staff engineer in the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, his work is about more than ensuring Pittsburghers don’t end up in traffic jams; he wants to make the city’s roads as accommodating to cyclists and pedestrians as they are to cars.
When their government collapsed, thousands of Afghans were suddenly at risk. A Pitt team stepped in to help those desperate to escape. GSPIA students Jake Detweiler, Tahmina Ahmed and Max Degregorio began helping Afghans with their visa paperwork in early August. They were some of the first people to make up what would become the CGM Afghan Asylum Assistance Task Force.
Bioengineering PhD student Madeline Cramer received the 2021 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award from TERMIS-AM. The award recognizes Cramer’s research in the lab of Stephen Badylak, professor of surgery at Pitt and deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Anna Marie Clark, a student in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, and Alison Mahoney, a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies, are among the winners of the the 2021 Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award.
Ariana Brazier, former PhD Student in the Department of English, was one of two outstanding scholars to receive an honorable mention from the Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards for the Award in Humanities and Fine Arts. She was nominated by the University of Pittsburgh. [Photo not available]
Nikki Cristobal, a graduate student in Social and Comparative Analysis program in the School of Education, earned the graduate student award. Her work focuses on the resiliency of Indigenous Hawaiian women from Kaua’i island.
Dr. Jessica Thompson, who recently completed her Ph.D. at Pitt Public Health, received an American Public Health Association award for her dissertation research. Her "research among Appalachian women has been recognized for the ways in which it provides a framework for future action-oriented and community-specific strategies to improve cardiovascular disease prevention."
In August, Sean Sweat, a second-year MD/PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, spoke during a segment at the Smithsonian virtual forum, Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board has selected Sabrina Helbig, a first-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, to receive the Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship.
Yunxing Lu, a PhD student in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, has been named a winner of the Geothermal Rising Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Award. The $2,500 scholarship is given to five graduate students based on academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience and career goals.
Denis Newman-Griffis, a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Medicine's Department of Biomedical Informatics, has received the American Medical Informatics Association's 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation “Capturing Domain Semantics with Representation Learning: Applications to Health and Function.”
Brett Bankson came to Pittsburgh in 2017 to pursue an advanced degree and a future in academia. Four years later, he’s leaving with designs on being a “Top Chef,” and he’ll have a nationally televised exam Thursday night.
Lauren Wheeler, a student in the School of Education’s Doctor of Education program, is a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award. Selected from a field of more than 80,000 teachers statewide, she is vying for the state’s top honor against nine other finalists and is the only physical education teacher up for the award.