News: Students


Meet Kate Smith, PhD, a CQE IBM next-generation quantum workforce trainee

May 11, 2020

Kate Smith, PhD

Meet Kate Smith, PhD in Electrical Engineering, and learn how the CQE IBM postdoc program trains a next-generation quantum workforce 

PSD in the news - April 2020

April 27, 2020

PSD in white against a maroon background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for their efforts to discover how to best decontaminate N95 masks, develop probes made of DNA to track molecular secrets, and find a math bridge that extends beyond Fermat's Last Theorem.

Meet MS-PSD student, Syrian Truong

April 21, 2020

Syrian Truong

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.

UChicago community finds new ways to learn together

April 10, 2020

Eliana Melmed

UChicago community finds new ways to learn together
Faculty, students, University community connect as Spring Quarter and remote learning begins

Three undergraduates awarded Goldwater Scholarships

April 9, 2020

Spencer Dembner, Vennela Mannava and Thomas Propson

Three undergraduates awarded Goldwater Scholarships to support STEM education: third-years Spencer Dembner, Vennela Mannava and Thomas Propson honored

Five¬†awarded 2020 NSF Graduate Research¬†Fellowships

April 8, 2020

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Congratulations to UChicago PSD’s five 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients, David Zegeye and Cory Cotter in astronomy, LeeAnn Marie Sager in chemistry, and Jordan T Kemp and Amanda Mirna Farah in physics.

PSD in the News - March 2020

March 30, 2020

PSD in white against a maroon background

This month PSD researchers have been featured for the efforts of chemists to decode RNA of the new coronavirus, using AI to decode cuneiform tablets, and predicting a new state of matter.

Research by PhD Student Pranav Gokhale and EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper

March 20, 2020

Pranav Gokhale

Research by PhD Student Pranav Gokhale and EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper

A theory for generating and moving energy efficiently

March 10, 2020

LeeAnn Sager, Prof. David Mazziotti, and Shiva Safaei

Scientists Shiva Safaei, Prof. David Mazziotti, and LeeAnn Sager discuss a prediction that dual states of matter can exist in the same material—which may be useful for applications

Meet astronomy & astrophysics student Amy Tang

March 4, 2020

Amy Tang

Amy Tang was born in Shenyang, China, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She was an undergraduate physics student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. We interviewed her about her experiences below. 

Scientists seize rare chance to watch faraway star system evolve

March 4, 2020

a young planet

Adina Feinstein, a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at UChicago, talks about the difficulties of finding young planets

UChicago scientists predict new state of matter

February 25, 2020

Shiva Safaei, David Mazziotti, and LeeAnn Sager

A discovery by Chemistry Prof. David Mazziotti, Dr. Shiva Safaei, and graduate student LeeAnn Sager addresses the problem of generating and moving energy efficiently

Assoc. Prof. David Schuster and Fermilab scientist Daniel Bowring use quantum computing to explore dark matter

February 20, 2020

quantum computing experiment at Fermilab

Assoc. Prof. David Schuster and grad students Akash Dixit and Ankur Agrawal are searching for dark matter with quantum computers, one blip of light at a time

First Veteran Undergraduates on Adjusting to University Life and PSD Academics

February 18, 2020

American flag

The Maroon interviews several undergraduate veterans of military service about applying their skills to challenging academics.

Meet computer science student, Hy Truong Son

February 12, 2020

Hy Truong Son

Hy Truong Son was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. He has a BSc in computer science from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. He is now in his fourth year of pursuing a PhD in computer science at the University of Chicago and is researching machine learning applications and chemical problems.