Programs & Events

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

Image with same text as to the left of it, and images of geometric shapes, as well as a silhouette of a person's head and brain.

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!

May 12 Trivia

May 18 Trivia

May 24 Trivia

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.

Register for Zoom link

Annual Staff Awards Ceremony

PSD staff members clap at a Zoom 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.

Read about the 2020 winners.

Check back to nominate a staff member in Spring 2022.

Community Conversation: Jackie Serrato, South Side Weekly

Jackie Serrato

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

Text against coffee beans in a border: UChicago Hispanic LatinX Resource Group invites all campus members to a coffee tasting on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5-6 PM.

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

Natalie Moore

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

International Women's Day March 8 written in lavender against a magenta and purple blended background

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

Black History Month PSD 2021

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

Women In STEM exhibit portraits with green and pink geometric background

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

Out in the PSD & PME Logo: Celebrating voices of LGBTQ+ People and allies in STEM

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.

Women in STEM reception
Women in STEM reception
Women in STEM reception
Women in STEM reception
Exhibit reception launch
Out in PSD & PME
Out in PSD & PME
OUT in the PSD reception
Out in PSD & PME
Out in the PSD reception
Out in PSD & PME
Out in the PSD reception
Out in PSD & PME