College of General Studies

Karl Gibson, BS Natural Sciences, BS Psychology, BPhil Sociology



Karl Gibson is an ambitious student pursuing three degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences through the College of General Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology through the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Sociology through the University Honors College. With three semesters on the Dean's List, and six semesters on the Dean’s Star List (receiving a 4.0 GPA), Gibson is on his way to Medical School to pursue either psychiatry or primary care medicine; he may also pursue teaching down the road.

Gibson comes from a proud Pitt family – his grandfather, grandmother, mother, aunt, and brother are all alumni, and his sister is currently a junior at Pitt. With his family’s long line of Panthers and the unparalleled research opportunities provided by Pitt, Karl knew Pitt was a perfect fit for him. His research includes working in a lab examining neurobehavioral outcomes of cardiac arrest, factors in mid and late life suicide, and he also conducted his own research examining neighborhood distress, race, and suicide. His findings were accepted for publication.

Gibson has been recognized for his academic excellence through being nominated for the Avery Award, received the Brackenridge Research Fellowship, and the CGS Success and Determination Scholarship. He will graduate Summa Cum Laude and was the CGS Emma Locke Memorial Award Nominee for 2016.

In addition to his impressive list of academic achievements, we asked Karl for anything he’d like to share to fellow students. He advises to not let illness or any adversity prevent you from completing the education or experiences you want from Pitt. Dealing with his own health issues from a car accident, there were several semesters he needed to take off for surgeries. Being a nontraditional student has made him stronger, and he has gained a richer education because of it.