Who We Are


The University of Pittsburgh is one of the 10 public research universities in the United States that partners with SEISMIC.  

When joining the SEISMIC Collaboration, each SEISMIC Institution committed to

  • Bringing together a local community of education researchers and practitioners motivated to explore and improve equity and inclusion in foundational STEM courses, led by an institutional PI and supported by an administrative patron.
  • Hosting 6 or more SEISMIC-related speakers on their campus each year, as part of our Speaker Exchange Program. 
  • Getting research access to student data so their institution can participate in our parallel data analysis. Note, we do not share institutional data across SEISMIC, we share code to run parallel analyses and then share results across SEISMIC.
  • Connecting their existing STEM reform efforts to the larger SEISMIC project. It is hoped that these connections will both support and enhance local reform projects.
  • Paying the travel costs for four local team members to attend our annual collaboration meetings.





Join Our Team!

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If you are currently affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh– as a faculty and/or student member– please reach out to your colleagues below for more information regarding how to join. 





Our Week Of SEISMIC!


Since Spring of 2022, SEISMIC has hosted several local, in-person SEISMIC events on each SEISMIC campus.  The University of Pittsburgh’s Week of SEISMIC took place January 16-20, 2023. 





Upcoming Events 


The University of Pittsburgh hosts many seminars, talks, and events in general related to the work of SEISMIC. These opportunities are often highlight in the monthly newsletters that are sent to SEISMIC members. The link below gives you a detailed list of all opportunities available to members and non-members. 



Below you will find members of SEISMIC leadership that are University of Pittsburgh faculty and/or staff. Working Group members can use the Participants Database (password-protected) to find more members. 

Chandralekha Singh

Local SEISMIC PI for University of Pittsburgh



Chris Schunn 

Measurement Working Group 


Dan Wetzel

Measurement Working Group and Experiments Working Group


SEISMIC Voices- University of Pittsburgh  

Read the full statements here.  



Sonja Cwik

Ph.D. Student | Department of Physics & Astronomy

My research focuses on using quantitative and qualitative tools to understand the experiences of minority students in introductory physics courses to make the classroom more equitable and inclusive. Recently, I’ve been investigating learning environment factors that correlate with a students’ physics identity and grade in the course…”


Franchesca Inay

Undergraduate student studying neuroscience and on the pre-med track

“As a SEISMIC Scholar, I’m able to pursue my passions for both advocacy and science through meaningful research as well as seminars that broaden my intellectual horizons. My project, led by Dr. D’Souza, seeks to map the institutional diversity resources in STEM undergraduate education at Indiana University…”


Chandralekha Singh, PhD

Distinguished Professor | Department of Physics & Astronomy; Director | Discipline-based Science Education Research Center

It has been a true privilege to be part of the SEISMIC collaboration from the time of its founding in 2019. The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) has benefited from the collaboration in many ways. We have been part of various working groups, e.g., working group 1 which focuses on measurement. Sarah Castle from Michigan State presented this collaborative work at the 2021 AERA Conference with a presentation titled “Equity in the STEM landscape: A multi-institutional approach to mapping systemic advantages within STEM courses”. This group is in the process of preparing a manuscript for publication in a journal…”


University of Pittsburgh in the Spotlight