News: Students


Computer Science student group compileHer takes hackathon virtual (and to space)

February 25, 2021

Each winter, the UChicago Computer Science student group compileHer gathers middle school girls from around the city to campus for a unique all-day hackathon experience. This year the group took their endeavor virtual (and to space).

PSD in the news - February 2021

February 24, 2021

This month, PSD community members have been featured for their work discovering new metamaterials to improve optics for telescopes, designing patterns in self-propelling liquid crystals, and meauring ceramic chips in meteorites to study the early solar system, and more. In case you missed it, review our news headlines from February 2021.

Library staff, astro faculty, and students join forces to drive new astronomical discoveries

February 23, 2021

The University of Chicago Library continues to look to the sky in an ongoing collaboration with Professor Rich Kron, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, exploring the use of data obtained from historical astronomical glass plates to drive new astronomical discovery.

Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards recognize UChicago students

February 19, 2021

The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal or, in the case of honorable mention, a certificate. Five graduate and undergraduate students from the Astronomy & Astrophysics Department won awards or honorable mentions.

McMahon lab uses new metamaterials for studying the oldest light in the universe

February 19, 2021

Experimental cosmologist and Assoc. Prof. McMahon and his students developed a new metamaterials-based antireflection coating for the silicon lenses used in cameras that capture the oldest light in the universe.

Ceramic chips inside meteorites hint at wild days of the early solar system

February 10, 2021

Ceramic chips inside meteorites hint at wild days of the early solar system. Using complex equipment in Nicolas Dauphas' Origins Lab, including a one-of-a-kind patented purification system that the team developed, Justin Hu measured the isotopes for eight different elements inside the chips.

Meet Financial Mathematics student, Mingyue Wang

February 8, 2021

Mingyue Wang grew up in Hangzhou, China. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fordham University. This is her second quarter as a student in the Financial Mathematics master’s program. She is currently taking Portfolio Theory & Risk Management, Numerical Methods of Option Pricing and Hedging, Stochastic Calculus, and Machine Learning in Finance.

With $3.75M in support, PSD Fellowship Challenge exceeds fundraising goal

February 5, 2021

The PSD Fellowship Challenge to support incoming graduate students in 2020-2021 surpassed its goal to raise a total of $3.75 million. Thank you to all our supporters!

Physics student, Grace Chesmore, led optical measurements for Simons Observatory metamaterial tiles

February 2, 2021

A Physics student in the McMahon lab, Grace Chesmore, led the optical measurements of new metamaterial tiles to improve the sensitivity of large telescopes at SimonsObservatory. This discovery may yield insights into how the universe began.

New self-assembly method creates bioelectronics out of microscopic structures

January 27, 2021

New self-assembly method creates bioelectronics out of microscopic structures. Scientists in Prof. Bozhi Tian’s lab use a “bottom-up” approach to yield highly customizable bioelectronics.

PSD in the News - December 2020 and January 2021

January 22, 2021

There were 39 news articles featuring Physical Sciences Division research and accomplishments in December and January. Scientists created the first computational model of the entire virus responsible for COVID-19, pioneered measurements of electricity in cells, and charted the evolution of U.S. energy consumption. Several valued members of PSD were memorialized, including a Nobel lareaute and a graduate student. See highlights below and read the full list.

Prof. Gladders’s undergrads discover bright lensed galaxy in the early universe

January 13, 2021

Prof. Gladders's undergrads discover bright lensed galaxy in the early universe

Yiran Fan, Financial Mathematics SM‘15 and Ph.D. student ‘beloved by all who knew him,’ 1990–2021

January 11, 2021

Yiran Fan, FinMath SM ‘15 and Ph.D. student ‘beloved by all who knew him,’ 1990–2021


Meet Biophysical Sciences student, Margo MacDonald

December 18, 2020

Margo MacDonald was born and raised in Granville, Ohio. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and double majored in physics and biophysics. This is her third year pursuing a PhD in the Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences. We interviewed her via email about her experiences at UChicago.

Jack Steinberger, Nobel-winning physicist and UChicago alum, 1921-2020

December 17, 2020

Jack Steinberger, Nobel-winning physicist and UChicago alum, 1921-2020. Steinberger, SB’42, PhD’49, was most famous for his co-discovery of a new type of ghostlike particle called the muon neutrino—a breakthrough that earned him, Leon Lederman and Melvin Schwartz the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988.