News: Students


Three undergraduates awarded Goldwater Scholarships

April 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

A theory for generating and moving energy efficiently

March 10, 2020

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 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

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

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

February 20, 2020

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

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 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. 

Meet Solomon Quinn, computational and applied mathematics student

February 12, 2020

Solomon Quinn is from New York City. He holds a BS in mathematics and physics from the University of Richmond and is in his second year of pursuing a PhD in computational and applied mathematics (CAM) at the University of Chicago. 

Meet physics student, Meg Panetta

February 3, 2020

Meg Panetta is from Atlanta, Georgia. She studied physics and astrophysics at Harvard University before obtaining a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. She is now in her second year of pursuing a PhD in physics.

Adler Planetarium highlights student Andrea Bryant 

January 15, 2020

The Adler Planetarium interviewed graduate student, Andrea Bryant, as part of its Chicago's Black Women in STEAM blog series. Bryant spoke about what sparked her interest in astrophysics, her graduate experiences, her passion for music, and more. 

Meet physics student, Claire Baum

January 15, 2020

Claire Baum is from Mount Prospect, Illinois. She holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s currently in her third year of pursuing a PhD in physics at the University of Chicago.

Meet Kartik Singhal, computer science student

January 6, 2020

Kartik Singhal was born and raised in Ghaziabad, India. He holds a bachelor of technology in computer science and engineering from the National Institute of Technology Calicut and a master of science in computer science from Brown University. He also worked as a software engineer at Oracle India. He is now in his third year of pursuing a doctorate in computer science at the University of Chicago.