Mentoring: A Path to Diversity

We strive to achieve diversity in all missions of the Department and across all stages of a biologist’s career using an integrated model of research, teaching, and outreach. Weaving mentoring into all facets of our Department promotes diversity, which we believe is critical to the vitality of our scientific community. The Department has built and is continuing to build intellectual and social mentoring networks aimed at nurturing community members across all academic levels so that they can achieve their highest potential. Our research labs are rich with scientific discovery and also a place where each individual is an essential part of the mentoring community.  Our classrooms are filled with opportunity, and we encourage our graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdocs to participate in our educational mission. 


You can even join our regionally renowned team of K-12 outreach educators to go into secondary schools across western PA and convey the excitement of biological research to young students, bring high school students into your own research (, or provide high school tutoring to students from Pittsburgh City Schools (  It is our goal to inspire and enable you to find and build the mentoring connections best for you!

We strive to build links to the larger Pitt community through our involvement with the numerous organizations outside of the Department of Biological Sciences such as: