News: Students


UChicago scientists reveal new clues into how Earth got its oxygen

October 23, 2020

In a new study published Oct. 23 in Science, UChicago graduate student Andy Heard, Prof. Dauphas and their colleagues used a pioneering technique to uncover new information about the role of oceanic iron in the rise of Earth’s atmosphere. The findings reveal more about Earth’s history, and can even shed light on the search for habitable planets in other star systems.

UChicago scientists teach a neural net to find baby star flares

October 23, 2020

Scientists with the University of Chicago and the University of New South Wales taught a type of artificial intelligence called a neural network to detect the telltale light patterns of a stellar flare, then asked it to check the light curves of thousands of young stars; it found more than 23,000 flares.

From outdoor art to laboratory COVID-19 research, a look at UChicago’s Autumn Quarter

October 13, 2020

From outdoor art to laboratory COVID-19 research, a look at UChicago’s Autumn Quarter

Welcoming the largest class of graduate students in PSD history

September 25, 2020

Meet nine members of the incoming class and get behind the PSD Fellowship Challenge to support an unprecendented year for admissions. We are raising $3.6M to impact each student's graduate education.

Five UChicago CS Students Named in 2021 Class of Seibel Scholars

September 23, 2020

Five UChicago CS Students Named in 2021 Class of Seibel Scholars

PSD in the News: July – September 2020

September 23, 2020

This summer the Physical Sciences Division announced several institutional advancements, like the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation, major NSF support for materials science research, and exciting developments with CMB collaborations. Read the full list of articles for July, August, and September.

Radix Trading gift to support 20 PhD students

September 16, 2020

A $400,000 gift from local company Radix Trading, LLC will support PhD students. Radix’s contribution is part of the PSD Fellowship Challenge and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous challenge donor. Together, this $800,000 in gifts will name the Radix Trading Fellows—a cohort of 20 students for the 2020-21 academic year.

Conference highlights graduate research opportunities for women in mathematical sciences

September 8, 2020

The Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) conference exists to create a space for women, who are historically underrepresented in mathematical fields, to network and learn about graduate research opportunities, graduate program admissions, and career options after they complete a degree. 

UChicago joins APS-IDEA network for community transformation

September 2, 2020

The University of Chicago named as member of APS-IDEA network, a consortium of physics departments, laboratories, and research collaborations committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)

Meet mathematics student, Sarah Reitzes

August 21, 2020

Sarah Reitzes grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Prior to coming to University of Chicago, she was an undergraduate student at Tufts University in Boston. This is her fifth year pursuing a PhD degree in the Department of Mathematics at UChicago. Her research is in logic, in particular computability theory and reverse math.

Meet astronomy & astrophysics student, Maya Fishbach

August 17, 2020

Maya Fishbach was born in Tel Aviv, Israel but has called Chicago home since she was nine years old. She earned a BS in math and physics at Yale University before returning to pursue her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. She defended her thesis in May, 2020 and will be a NASA Hubble Fellowship Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in the fall. 

UChicago announces plans to resume on-campus classes and operations

July 1, 2020

UChicago announces plans to resume on-campus classes and operations. New policies, shared commitment to public health aim to keep University community safe

PSD in the News - June 2020

June 26, 2020

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to find evidence of the elusive Axion Particle, develop UV light disinfection arrays for N95 masks, and identify that a mysterious interstellar visitor was a dark hydrogen iceberg.

NASA’s TESS, Spitzer missions discover a world orbiting a unique young star near us

June 25, 2020

NASA’s TESS, Spitzer missions discover a world orbiting a unique young star near us

Jesus Alvarez, Clare Keenan, and Aaron Slipper awarded teaching prizes

June 24, 2020

Three PSD students have been awarded the Physical Sciences Teaching Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Awardees include Jesus Alvarez and Clare Keenan of the Department of Chemistry and Aaron Slipper of the Department of Mathematics.