News: Students


Albert Madansky, AB’52, SM’55, PhD’58, renowned statistician with an ‘endless curiosity’ for business, 1934–2022

January 27, 2023

Albert Madansky

Remembering Albert Madansky, Statistics AB’52, SM’55, PhD’58, and longtime UChicago Booth professor who studied subjects ranging from nuclear war to behavioral science and pastrami.

PSD in the News - January 2023

January 26, 2023

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to determine why the Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Nothern Hemisphere, explain how the HIV virus replicates itself, and gather and analyze data on the funding, location, and research status for more than 230 GMO crop varieties in Africa.

Geophysical Sciences student selected for Illinois Space Grant Consortium fellowship

January 25, 2023

Alya Al-Kibbi

Alya Al-Kibbi, a first-year graduate student in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences studying planetary science, has been awarded a graduate fellowship from The Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC).

High school students find their place in computing through wearables workshop

January 13, 2023

Pedro Lopes stands with high school students holding wearable computer devices they made in his workshop

Sixteen high school students expanded their view of what computer science is by participating in a “Make Your Own Wearables From Scratch” workshop hosted by the University of Chicago.

Meet astronomy and astrophysics student, Mandy Chen

January 5, 2023

Mandy Chen

Mandy Chen was born and raised in Guizhou Province, Southwest China. Before coming to UChicago she was studying at the University of Hong Kong, where she got bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and astronomy. This is her fifth year as a PhD student in astronomy and astrophysics. Her research focuses on observations of the diffuse circumgalactic medium—the outermost envelopes of galaxies.

UChicago launches Polsky Deep Tech Ventures to support startups bringing science, tech to market

January 5, 2023

Illustration of computer chips, quantum devices, and binary code

UChicago unveiled Polsky Deep Tech Ventures, a new $20m initiative offering accelerators, entrepreneurial training, and funding dedicated to supporting startups that bring world-changing science and technology to market.

PIT-UN grant supports DSI Community Data Fellows Program

January 4, 2023

Students discuss the potential of data science with community organizations at the annual Scope-a-thon event hosted by UChicago’s South Side Civic student group.

UChicago has received a grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) to create the Community Data Fellows program, which pairs local, community-based nonprofit organizations with UChicago graduate students (Fellows) who possess skills in technology and policy analysis.


Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2022-2023

December 21, 2022

Photos of Yanzeng Li and Alexander Strang against a light blue background

Two postdocs, Yanzeng Li and Alexander Strang, have been named recipients of the 2022-2023 Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Yuji Suzuki, SM’70, a longtime supporter and former Council member of the Physical Sciences Division, established the Yuji and Lorraine Suzuki Postdoctoral Research Fund in 2016 to recognize outstanding postdoctoral researchers. The award provides a salary top-off.

Chemistry student Elizabeth Kelley honored with the 2023 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

December 16, 2022

Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, was honored with the 2023 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning.

UChicago receives $10 million for new Pritzker Plant Biology Center

November 30, 2022

Guanqun Wang and Haoxuan Li in a greenhouse

A $10m gift to UChicago from the Margot and Tom Pritzker Foundation will establish the Pritzker Plant Biology Center on the University’s Hyde Park campus. It will be led by Prof. Chuan He, Dept. of Chemistry, and will bolster efforts in investigating pathways promoting plant growth and crop yields to combat global problems like food supply, drought, and climate change.

PSD in the News - November 2022

November 29, 2022

PSD against a white and turquoise background

This month PSD reserachers were featured in the news for their efforts to create an 'artificial photosynthesis' system, advance nanoparticle research to fight cancer, and describe cloudy atmospheres on explanets with the James Webb Space telescope.

Meet astronomy and astrophysics student, Madison Brady

November 25, 2022

Madison Brady

Madison Brady was born in a rural town in Northeastern Ohio, an hour’s drive out of Cleveland. She lived there until she attended Caltech in Pasadena, CA, for undergrad, earning a BS in astrophysics. She is in her third year as a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. She is primarily interested in studying rocky planets around very small nearby stars (M dwarfs), which provide us with key information on the formation, composition, and evolution of planets like Earth.

Meet 3 LGBTQ+ scientists putting pride in STEM

November 21, 2022

Jas Brooks, Computer Science Student, and two other LGBTQ+ scientists in The Advocate

University of Chicago computer science Ph.D. student Jas Brooks was interviewed by The Advocate for Pride in STEM Day, Nov. 18, for being a successful LGBTQ+ person in STEM.

Nine PSD members named Highly Cited Researchers

November 15, 2022

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The Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate™ identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Ten PSD members made the 2022 list.

A slime mold turns your smartwatch into a living Tamagotchi

November 10, 2022

A wrist and hand sporting an experimental device called at Slime Mold Smart Watch, with a close up of living slime housed in the watch.

What if your ‘90’s Tamagotchi pet wasn’t digital? What if your devices were really alive, at least a little bit, and you had to care for them in order for them to work? These are the questions grad student Jasmine Lu and Assoc. Prof. Pedro Lopes of UChicago Computer Science set out to answer with their Slime Mold Smart Watch.