Call for Pittsburgh Summer Program, Deadline Approaching

The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2017 PSP1: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups, which will be held in the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh from July 10 to July 14, 2017 (

We invite applications from North American female undergraduates, LGBTQIA+ undergraduates, disabled undergraduates, undergraduates from racial and ethnic backgrounds, and other undergraduates from groups underrepresented in philosophy of science. Exceptions may be granted to undergraduates not in these groups on a case-by-case basis (can be explained in a cover letter). Past coursework in philosophy of science is not a prerequisite for application to the Summer Program.

The Summer Program will feature two daily graduate seminars and some shorter lectures about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by the internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. Visiting lecturers include Quayshawn Spencer (U. Pennsylvania, Philosophy of Biology and on Race) and Serife Tekin (Daemen College, Philosophy of Psychiatry).

*Housing, meals, and transportation costs will be covered, and all course materials provided.
Applications are due MARCH 15, and participants will be notified by April 15.

Applicants should send the following materials to (1) Cover letter describing interests in philosophy of science (including the philosophy of physics, biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, social sciences, etc.).  Please briefly indicate relevant demographic information (racial/ethnic heritage, gender, etc.). (2) CV (including College/University affiliation, major, GPA, high school, awards & recognition, any philosophy courses taken).  A faculty member should also send a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant to the same:

For further questions, please contact Edouard Machery,, the Center’s Director; or Joyce McDonald at