Students

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A cohort of 150 students from the Class of 2021 will each receive up to $5,000 in student loan relief upon graduation. The students were introduced at a virtual kickoff celebration last week.
Jonathan Perlman with his Spirit of Homecoming award
The Pitt Alumni Association began a new Homecoming tradition over the weekend. The Spirit of Pitt awards celebrate the University’s values of service, spirit and social justice.
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Pitt senior Cedric Humphrey wanted to know what Joe Biden would say to young Black voters disappointed in the political system. During Thursday night’s ABC News town hall, he had a national stage to pose his question.
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In the internet age, misinformation can spread like wildfire—and, in the COVID-19 era, endanger lives. First-year student Thea Barrett is working with media organizations to help reduce its speed and reach.
A woman in her Scouts uniform behind a pile of cloth masks
Neuroscience major Lauren Nedrow made history last week as part of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts.
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From conducting self-led research on environmental justice to interviewing prominent Black Lives Matter activists Bree Newsome Bass and Darnell L. Moore for Pitt’s new anti-racism course, senior Oluchi Okafor is making their mark on vital contemporary issues.
A woman in a black graduation cap and gown posing with a statue of a panther
Samantha Cortes (EDUC ’20) says the Panthers Forward program helped make her feel more connected during her final, untraditional year at Pitt. Seniors can apply for the program, which offers networking, mentoring and up to $5,000 toward federal student loans, through Sept. 20.
Members of the Class of 2024 Oath Writing Committee on a Zoom call together
In addition to reciting the traditional Hippocratic Oath during their White Coat Ceremony, members of the School of Medicine’s Class of 2024 wrote their own class oath to acknowledge their ever-evolving responsibilities as physicians.
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Senior Sai Bhatte and a committee of undergraduate and graduate students are working to keep campus open. “You hear complaints from your friends, your peers, your professors—to be in a position to take that to someone in power and make a change is really impactful,” she said.
A woman in a black and white dress stands next to a DNC Milwaukee banner
This week, Katie Fricchione (A&S ’12) is putting her Pitt degree to work as deputy director of public engagement for the DNC. And public health graduate student Amy Raslevich shared her personal story with the likes of Nancy Pelosi during a panel on health care coverage.