Working from its position of strength in the disciplines and reaching
beyond traditional academic boundaries to create exciting new research
collaborations, the University of Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned
to fulfill the mission of all great research universities—to
engage in activities that advance learning by extending the frontiers
of knowledge and creative endeavor.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research through
Research Opportunities Office.
Since many important inquiries are occurring at the intersection
of various disciplines, it is becoming increasingly important for
faculty researchers to work together in multidisciplinary teams
to answer the complex questions of our times.
Cutting-edge scholarship and the growth of knowledge depend upon
discussion and debate, incorporating multiple perspectives, theories,
and approaches. Pitt is ideally situated to do this kind of collaborative
research, which fosters excellence throughout our academic community.
This Web page celebrates the University of Pittsburgh’s achievements
in multidisciplinary research by highlighting 12 areas of endeavor
in which the University is a current or emerging leader.
This “Research Excellence” series was first published
in the Pitt
Chronicle between April 2003 and June 2004. While some artwork
and photographs have been added, the text remains largely as it
appeared at the time of original publication.
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Excellence in Research
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University of Pittsburgh researchers are crafting complex computer
models-ranging from water molecules and the economy to folding proteins,
nanotubes, and the cosmos-that are taking on a whole universe of questions,
literally, and positioning Pitt as a major center of computational
Philosophy at Pitt
Bridging Science and the Humanities. (PDF,
Refiguring the Humanities
Pitt's scholars of culture and thought engage the past, the present,
and the power structure-all in an effort to define who we are. (PDF,
In a fluid and confusing world, the University of Pittsburgh takes
a lead in international research. (PDF,
Pitt Researchers Investigate Aging
Clinicians, educators, and researchers link forces to break new ground.
Journey to the Center of the Mind
Neuroscience at Pitt: Asking the big questions is leading to some
very big answers. (PDF,
Scaffolds to Healing
Bioengineering research at Pitt seeks to replace tissue with tissue.
Growing Great Ideas
Pitt applies conservative business sense, hands-on education, and
University support to transform ideas-and the innovators behind them-into
commercial successes. (PDF,
Improving Teaching & Learning in Our Schools
Fusing experience with innovation, science with practice, and learning
with teaching is essential to blazing new paths in education. (PDF,
Preparing a Nation
For years, researchers at Pitt have been studying ways to improve
the nation's security and national preparedness, but in this post-September
11 world, Pitt now is helping to lead the way against terrorism and
other disasters-and changing the way we look at it all. (PDF,
From Discovery to Treatment
Pitt has the edge in developing drugs. Research attacks widespread
killers like TB, as well as rare diseases. (PDF,
From Bench to Bedside
Pitt medicine furthers a long tradition of developing clinical research
into life-sustaining therapy. (PDF,
Thinking small. (PDF,