News: PSD Spotlights


Meet Biophysical Sciences student, Margo MacDonald

December 18, 2020

Margo MacDonald was born and raised in Granville, Ohio. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and double majored in physics and biophysics. This is her third year pursuing a PhD in the Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences. We interviewed her via email about her experiences at UChicago.

PSD Spotlight: Joel Matos

December 16, 2020

PSD’s December spotlight is Joel Matos, Production Specialist & Graphic Designer, PSD Graphic Arts. Joel has been with UChicago for 9 years.

Meet Financial Mathematics student, Zachary Myers

November 30, 2020

Zachary Myers was born in Michigan and grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Mathematics in May. He began his studies at UChicago this Autumn Quarter as a master’s student in the Financial Mathematics program. 

PSD Spotlight: Alex Filatov

September 16, 2020

PSD’s September spotlight is Alex Filatov, PhD, Director of X-ray Diffraction Facilities, Department of Chemistry. Alex has been with UChicago for six years.

PSD Spotlight: Nita Yack

September 16, 2020

PSD’s September spotlight is Nita Yack, Manager of the Department of Computer Science. Nita has been with UChicago for 32 years.

PSD Spotlight: Vera Dragisich

August 5, 2020

PSD’s August spotlight is Vera Dragisich, PhD, Senior Lecturer & Director of Academic Programs, Department of Chemistry. Vera has been with UChicago for 27 years.

PSD Spotlight: Brent Barker

August 5, 2020

PSD’s August spotlight is Brent Barker, PhD, Teaching Support Manager, Astronomy & Astrophysics and Geophysical Sciences. Brent has been with UChicago for two years.

PSD Spotlight: Carla Strickland

June 24, 2020

PSD's July spotlight is Carla Strickland, UChicago STEM Education Digital Curriculum Developer. Carla has been with UChicago for almost twelve years.

PSD Spotlight: Sean Hernandez

June 24, 2020

PSD's July spotlight is Sean Hernandez, Assistant Director of PSD Graphics. Sean has been with UChicago for twelve years.

PSD Spotlight: Laura Rigazzi

May 22, 2020

PSD’s June spotlight is Laura Rigazzi, Associate Dean for Students of Recruitment & Admissions. Laura has been with UChicago for ten years.

PSD Spotlight: Cosmos Boekell

May 22, 2020

PSD’s June spotlight is Cosmos Boekell, Director of Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL). Cosmos has been in this position for one year, and is also an alumnus of The College, A.B. in Anthropology ‘97.

Meet astronomy and astrophysics student, Gourav Khullar

May 22, 2020

Gourav Khullar was born in Firozepur, a small town in Punjab, India. His father was a dentist in the Armed Forces, which meant he had to move to a different city or town every couple of years. Prior to coming to UChicago, he was a Master’s student at the University of Cambridge, U.K. Before that, he spent four years in New Delhi pursuing an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. This is his fifth year pursuing a PhD degree in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP). 

PSD Spotlight: Susan Hearth

April 24, 2020

PSD’s May spotlight is Susan Hearth, Divisional Administrator for the PSD Dean’s Office. Susan has been with UChicago for five years and was a high school teacher for a decade before coming to UChicago.

Meet MS-PSD student, Syrian Truong

April 21, 2020

Syrian Truong was born in Fresno, California, and mostly lived there until he transferred from community college to university. The summer before arriving to the University of Chicago, he was doing a summer research internship at the Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS) in Strasbourg, France. Prior to this, he earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and three A.S. degrees in Biology for Transfer, Mathematics for Transfer, and Physics for Transfer from Fresno City College in Fresno, California. He also held jobs during his undergrad as a busser at Hunan Chinese Restaurant, a mathematics tutor at Fresno City College’s Tutorial Center, and a research assistant at UCSB. He has been at UChicago for 1.5 years and is enrolled in the Master of Science in the Physical Sciences Division (MS-PSD) program, working on hard condensed matter theory research. He is currently staying at home in Fresno, California. We interviewed him about his experiences below.

PSD Spotlight: Natalie Lund

March 23, 2020

PSD’s April spotlight is Natalie Lund, Director of Communications for the Physical Sciences Division. Natalie has been with UChicago for eighteen months and is a young adult fiction author with Penguin Randomhouse.