WIGS+ Networking Night
Please join the Women and Gender Minorities in Graduate Science (WIGS+) for our first Networking Night on Thursday, May 18, 6:00-8:00pm in the William Eckhardt Research Center in Hyde Park! The event will feature a panel of PSD faculty and industry professionals to share their personal journeys and careers – including panelists from the Polsky Center, Chicago Quantum Exchange, McKinsey, and IDEO. Following the panel, there will be a reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this interest form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Olivia Laxton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Radhika Sharma at email@example.com
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) 2023 Heritage Month Brunch
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in community on Thursday, May 18th, at 10:00am, in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC) 161. Free food and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by May 14 to attend.
Women's History Month 2023 - Exhibit and Reception: Celebrating the Women at the Root of Our Scientific Stories
The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) is excited to celebrate Women’s History Month (WHM) 2023. This year, we have invited students to recognize the women in their lives who were an integral part of their decision to pursue a career in STEM.
All students are invited to join us for the WHM 2023 Exhibit and Reception at 3:30 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2023 in William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC), where many of these student reflections will be featured as a visual exhibit. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by March 13th to attend.
Please click here to view the event photos!
Women+ Leadership Fair 2023
Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month 2023 by visiting our Divisional and Departmental Women and Gender Minorities Groups, and learning more about the work they do and how you can join! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event will take place on Thursday, March 9th, at 10:00am, in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC), room 161.
Student Leadership Fair - Winter 2023
Are you interested in learning more about different student leadership opportunities? Or maybe you’re looking to join a new group or organization with a shared interest? Come and meet representatives from Divisional and University-wide graduate student groups and organizations and learn more about how to get involved! Meet representatives from the Graduate Council, UChicagoGRAD, GRIT, WIGS+, and more! Join us on Tuesday, February 28th, at 2:00pm, in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC), room 161. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!
Black History Month (BHM) 2023 Social
Join us as we celebrate Black History Month in community on Thursday, February 2nd, at 4:00pm, in ERC 161. Free food and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here by January 29th to attend.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. (MLK) Week 2023 Trivia Night
Please join us in celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Week 2023 by bringing your friends and your knowledge of MLK's life and legacy to the MLK Week 2023 Trivia Night! You can come with a team of up to five (5) students total, or form one on the spot! There will be prizes for the winning team, and free food and refreshments for all!
Join us on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 4:00pm, in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC) 161.
If you plan on attending, please take a moment to RSVP here.
Women and Gender Minorities in Graduate Science (WIGS+) Fall Brunch
Join the Women and Gender Minorities in Graduate Science (WiGS+) for our kickoff Fall Brunch on November 17th at 11:00am. Food from Medici, free succulent plants, arts/crafts, new friends, and more! RSVP required (deadline November 7th).
We look forward to seeing you there!
International Education Week (IEW) - Movie Showing
The third week of November is International Education Week (IEW)! IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Join us in watching “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 4:00pm, in ERC 301B. Snacks and refreshments will be provided! RSVP here.
Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) Events
Please join us in celebrating NAHM with three events this month – two podcast listening parties and a movie! Snacks and refreshments will be provided at each event!
Podcast Party: "Indigenous Science with Dr. Jessica Hernandez" - is Western science always the best science? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Marcia Belsky discuss Indigenous methods to combat climate change with Indigenous scientist and author Dr. Jessica Hernandez.
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 10:30am in ERC 161. RSVP here.
Movie Showing: “She Sings to the Stars” - the endless desert. A Native American grandmother lives alone tending her corn. Her half-Mexican grandson and a white, aging magician are stranded. No water. A river of stars. Everything changes: anything is possible.
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4:00pm in ERC 301B. RSVP here.
Podcast Party: "What is Native Science?" - in this episode, the hosts look at the Indigenous knowledge and science that produced the first Thanksgiving and the ways Indigenous knowledge has been dismissed by modern Western science. Kelsey Dokis-Jensen of the Indigenous STS group at the University of Alberta joins in to talk about her research on caribou populations, which combines Indigenous knowledge and modern research methods.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 2:00pm in ERC 301B. RSVP here.
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) - Virtual Trivia
Virtual Trivia Contest – October 12
You will be able to test your knowledge of notable Hispanic and Latine scientists and their contributions to their fields. Virtual trivia will take place on October 12. The questionnaire will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm. The first ten (10) students who answer all trivia questions correctly will be eligible to win a prize!
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month - Virtual Trivia
Virtual Trivia Contest – May 12, 18, and 24
You will be able to test your knowledge of notable AAPI scientists and their contributions to their fields. Virtual trivia will take place on three days – May 12, May 18, and May 24. Each day, the questionnaire will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm. Students who answer all trivia questions correctly will be eligible to win a prize!
HLX Group: A Day in the Life with Angela Olinto
A Day in the Life of PSD Dean Angela Olinto
Presented by the Hispanic LatinX Resource Group of University of Chicago
Angela Olinto is Dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences and the Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.
Olinto received a B.S. in Physics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1981, and Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. She is best known for her contributions to the study of the structure of neutron stars, primordial inflationary theory, cosmic magnetic fields, the nature of the dark matter, and the origin of the highest-energy cosmic rays, gamma-rays, and neutrinos.
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Annual Staff Awards Ceremony
In Spring 2021, PSD members nominated staff members for the 2nd Annual Staff Awards, recognizing their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the PSD. Read about this year's ceremony and winners.
Check back to nominate a staff member in Spring 2022.
Community Conversation: Jackie Serrato, South Side Weekly
The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics EDI Community Engagement Working Group hosted reporter and "barrio" journalist Jackie Serrato of the South Side Weekly and manager of Spanish translation for the Chicago Sun-Times, on Nov. 9. Sponsored by the PSD EDI Inclusive Climate Grants.
Hispanic Heritage Month
The UChicago Hispanic LatinX Resource Group hosted a coffee tasting with Chef Ambrocio Gonzalez from the award-winning La Catedral Café in Little Village on Tuesday, Oct. 26 for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Community Conversation: South Side Segregation
The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics EDI Community Engagement Working Group hosted author and reporter Natalie Moore for "Community Coversation: South Side Segregation" on October 19. Sponsored by the PSD EDI Inclusive Climate Grants.
International Women's Day Panel moderated by Dean Angela V. Olinto
To celebrate United Nations International Women's Day on March 8, PSD EDI hosted a panel moderated by Angela V. Olinto, Dean of the Physical Sciences.
Black History Month
To commemorate Black History Month in February, the PSD hosted programs intended to amplify Black voices from our student body, community, and from South Side arts and culture. These included a GRIT and PSD student panel, a community engagement panel, and a spoken word event.
Redefining the Landscape: Women in STEM
Redefining the Landscape: Women in STEM highlighted a number of women learning, teaching, and researching at the University of Chicago PSD and PME. The exhibition and book displayed profiles of female scientists who span many generations and represent a diversity of programs and interests. They opted to recount pivotal moments, challenges surmounted, and proudest accomplishments. Embedded in their narratives are paths forged through persistence and determination.
This exhibition was on view in the ERC atrium and online Spring 2020. View event photos from the opening reception.
View the full exhibition book (PDF) here.
Out in the PSD & PME
In October 2019, the Out in the PSD & PME Exhibit and Speaker Series celebrated the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies in STEM.
The exhibit featured portraits of our community members and narratives about the often life-long process of coming out.
View the full exhibition book (PDF) here.
See our full list of EDI events.