News: Students


NASA to launch UChicago undergraduates’ satellite

May 13, 2024

Members of the UChicago PULSE-A leadership team.

A team of UChicago undergraduates is building a communications satellite smaller than a paper towel roll that will be launched into orbit courtesy of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. 

PULSE-A was designed and will be built by a group of 53 University of Chicago undergraduates from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Physics Department, the Computer Science Department, and the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. 

UChicago scientists use machine learning to turn cell snapshots dynamic

May 13, 2024

cancer cells

Researchers from the University of Chicago have developed a new method to use machine learning to turn static snapshots of cells into better pictures of how cells and genes change dynamically over time.

Physical Sciences Division Launches New Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program

May 2, 2024

student in blue labcoat works at bench

New certificate program will give recent UChicago graduates a competitive edge in medical school admissions.

DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Selects 86 Outstanding U.S. Graduate Students

April 26, 2024

Gabriel Yusuke Hoshino

Congratulations to Gabriel Yusuke Hoshino, a Physics PhD student in David Miller's group, for being selected to the DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program for Experimental Research in High Energy Physics at Fermilab.

Through world-class training and access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources at DOE National Laboratories, SCGSR prepares graduate students to enter jobs of critical importance to the DOE mission and secures our national position at the forefront of discovery and innovation.

Sarah King uses art competition to enhance student understanding

April 11, 2024

4-panel comic strip: Finding small bits in waves with Tiny, the older than time animal

For the past two years, Chemistry Assistant Professor Sarah King has organized an open art contest in her CHEM 122 class. At the end of the quarter, several students are selected to present a visual project before the class that breaks down complex chemistry principles into creative works of art. By incorporating elements of creativity and communication, the competition serves multiple purposes in King’s pedagogical approach.

Non-unital noise adds a new wrinkle to the quantum supremacy debate

April 11, 2024

Bill Fefferman

CS PhD Student Soumik Ghosh and Assistant Professor Bill Fefferman find that random circuit sampling problems that incorporate non-unital noise do not anticoncentrate, breaking every easiness and hardness result to date.

Winners of the 2024 UChicago Science as Art competition announced

April 11, 2024

black and white graphical computer program simulation of a discrete dynamical system of the plane

The University of Chicago has announced the winners of its 2024 “Science as Art” contest, which highlights images of innovative scientific research from the UChicago community.

The contest drew more than 60 entries from undergraduates, graduate students, staff, alumni, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members, showcasing everything from fossils to fly anatomy. Together, these images display the pursuit of knowledge in a new light, underscoring the beauty of intellectual exploration.

The grand-prize winner is “Peculiar Dynamics” by Computer Science PhD student Sam Everett!

2024 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 11, 2024

NSF logo

Congratulations to the nine PSD graduate students who have been awarded 2024 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships! The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

University of Chicago astronomy students prepare for trip of a lifetime for solar eclipse

April 5, 2024

Prof. Josh Frieman

Josh Frieman will lead around 50 astronomy students south to Carbondale to be in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse.

Meet Pouya Mahdi Gholami, Computer Science

April 3, 2024

Pouya Mahdi Gholami

Pouya Mahdi Gholami, a fourth-year PhD student in Computer Science, studies adaptive operation and intelligence on energy-limited edge devices.

New method better describes the “in-between” stages of chemical reactions

March 27, 2024

Researchers from the Chemistry Department in the Physical Sciences Division have developed a computational approach to accurately describe transient states for many chemical reactions.

U. of C. contest seeks astronomy art from South Side students

February 2, 2024

An astronaut meets a celestial whale in a painting from the 2023 South Side Science Art Contest

Hyde Park Herald article highlights an art contest held by UChicago astronomy and astrophysics department with the aim of connecting more South Side elementary students to the cosmos.

Meet Alice Luna, Astronomy and Astrophysics

January 31, 2024

Alice Luna

Currently a third-year PhD student in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Alice Luna has been analyzing spectroscopic data from telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory to study the metallicity distributions of ultra-faint dwarf galaxies that provide archaeological access to the first stars and galaxies.

AI poisoning tool Nightshade received 250,000 downloads in 5 days

January 30, 2024

AI-generated image of a computer tower and monitor smoking

In a Venture Beat article, CS Prof. Ben Zhao comments on the fact that his lab's tool "Nightshade" has received 250,000 downloads in the five days since its release, saying that "the response is simply beyond anything we imagined."

Exploring 3D Paintbrush: An AI that colors with words

January 26, 2024

Selection of objects with 3D paintbrush details added

Using Cascaded Score Distillation, Dale Decatur and the 3DL lab create 3D Paintbrush: a tool that makes high-resolution 3D edits in localized regions of 3D objects.