News: Students


DSI Summer Lab returns in-person with 49 students from across the U.S.

June 22, 2022

the logo for the UChicago Data Science Institute Summer Lab in maroon and yellow

After two years of remote participation, the 2022 DSI Summer Lab will bring 49 high school, undergraduate, and master’s students to Chicago for a ten-week immersion into data science research.

Undergrads begin summer quantum research with support from Moore Foundation, Chicago region universities, national labs

June 14, 2022

Undergrads visiting a quantum research lab

An inaugural cohort of a dozen students will join quantum research labs around the Midwest this June, planting the seeds for a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce.

Physics student Katrina Miller writes about the unwritten laws of physics for Black women

June 8, 2022

UChicago graduate women physicists Andrea Bryant, LaNijah Flagg, Katrina Miller, and Ayanna Matthews in the machine shop at UChicago

Physics graduate student Katrina Miller traces histories of Black women physicists and astrophysicists in the PSD, in a personal essay for Wired Magazine. She writes, “I just wanted to be a scientist, not a trailblazer. But in my field, people like me are anomalies—and we face constant scrutiny for our race and gender.”

PSD recognizes nine students with a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 7, 2022

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The Physical Sciences Division has selected nine graduate students to receive a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year.  

PSD in the News - May 2022

June 2, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to capture the first image of the Milky Way's massive black hole, map the digital divide affecting connectivity across the country, and use computer simulations to understand the world's deadliest viruses.

Students earn 2022 Nathan Sugarman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Research

June 1, 2022

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Students in the College, Zihni Baykara and Macallan Maedke, and graduate students, Kaeli Hughes and Rostom Mbarek have been honored by the Enrico Fermi Institute with Nathan Sugarman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Research. 

PSD graduate students earn Booth and Physical Sciences Prizes for Teaching

May 27, 2022

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A graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Ian Bongalonta, has been named a winner of the 2022 Wayne C. Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching, awarded annually to graduate students for outstanding instruction of undergraduates. Additionally, three graduate students have been awarded the Physical Sciences Teaching Prize for 2021-22: Sandrine Legault, Colin Lynch, and Sarah Litwin of the Department of Chemistry.

New study lays out hidden backstory behind deadly Pacific Northwest heat wave

May 17, 2022

Air temperature anomaly map, western half of US during a heat wave

By reviewing large-scale weather conditions and formations before the June 2021 Pacific Northwest heat wave, University of Chicago scientists, including College student first author, Emily Neal, discovered that a cyclone spawned an “anticyclone,” which combined to produce and then trap heat near the surface of the region.

Shut the Sash: Behavior awareness program impacts campus sustainability

May 5, 2022

James Passolano

The UChicago PSD has expanded a program dedicated to addressing energy use reduction throughout all facilities that have chemical fume hoods. The behavior of lowering the sash after the experiment ends, and especially when the lab closes for the night, has proven to be a tipping point on energy usage that has launched a major culture shift in the PSD. 

Computer simulations hold the key to understanding some of the world’s deadliest viruses

May 3, 2022

Greg Voth

Using complex “multiscale” computer simulations modeling viruses, Prof. Greg Voth and his team modeled the properties in the disassembly process that causes the capsid surrounding an HIV virus to rupture as well as how SARS-CoV-2 binds and enters cells. 

A new technique to delete single atoms can speed up molecule design

May 2, 2022

Asst. Prof. Mark Levin (left) and Ph.D. student Jisoo Woo at work in the laboratory at the University of Chicago.

A new technique published by University of Chicago chemists and the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. allows scientists to quickly and easily produce new molecules of interest, to accelerate discovery by reducing the time and energy that goes into molecule design process.

Two PSD students awarded DOE Office of Science funds for graduate research

May 2, 2022

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Grace Chesmore, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics, and Celeste Keith, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will conduct research at Fermi National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.

PSD in the News - April 2022

April 28, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to find axion particles with new detector designs, advocate for paleobiology and evolutionary biology, and lead the S4 collaboration to design the next generation of telescopes detecting the light of the Cosmic Microwave Background.

Meet physics student, Elise Hinkle

April 21, 2022

Elise Hinkle

Elise Hinkle was born and brought up in Sudbury, Massachusetts. This is her second year at UChicago pursuing graduate studies in physics and working with Professor Ed Blucher. She is a member of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) Collaboration.

Two PSD undergraduates earn 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholarships

April 19, 2022

Bernadette Miao, double majoring in chemistry and biological chemistry, and Wilson Turner, double majoring in molecular engineering and chemistry

Two PSD undergraduate students, Bernadette Miao and Wilson Turner, have received Barry Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually based on academic merit and undergraduate research in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.