News: Students


Colin Scheibner Receives Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 10, 2022

Colin Scheibner, a graduate student of Professor Vincenzo Vitelli, has received a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship in the PSD for the 2022-2023 academic year.  This award, one of the University of Chicago’s highest honors, is given in recognition of Colin's record of achievement and professional promise.

Grace Chesmore one of two students awarded DOE Office of Science funds

May 4, 2022

Grace Chesmore, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics, and Celeste Keith, a fourth-year PhD 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.

Meet Elise Hinkle

April 23, 2022

Elise Hinkle is in her second year at UChicago pursuing graduate studies in physics and working with Professor Ed Blucher, and is a member of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) Collaboration. We interviewed Elise about her experiences below.

Margot Young Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 10, 2022

Undergraduate student Margot Young has recieved an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a five-year fellowship providing three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000, in addition to a $12000 educational allowance to the institution.

Argonne and DOE programs guide physics student Buduka Ogonor’s pathway into scientific career

March 13, 2022

As a child, Buduka Ogonor would look out at the night sky and wonder about the physics behind neutron stars and black holes. Today, as a fourth-year student in the College at UChicago, Ogonor has continued to explore his fascination with physics through two programs at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Fifth-year Physics Student Savannah Gowen Wins MRSEC Science Slam

March 13, 2022

Award-winning film presentation by Savannah Gowen demonstrates how training materials can be used to induce desired properties.


Welcome to our Incoming Grad students!

September 17, 2021

The UChicago Physics Department welcomes this year's incoming graduate students. 

Kaeli Hughes awarded 2021 Price Prize in Cosmology and Astrophysics

September 9, 2021

The Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize recognizes research excellence and exceptional promise in areas related to CCAPP initiatives. Two recipients are hosted by CCAPP for a week, during which they give a Price Prize seminar on their research, establish long-term collaborative relationships, and receive a $2,000 honorarium.
Kaeli Hughes' research focuses on the radio detection of astrophysical neutrinos above 10 PeV.

Graduate Student Ihar Lobach: Using Fluctuations to Measure Beam Properties

April 1, 2021

Scientists planning future particle accelerators and synchrotron light sources strive for tighter, more powerful electron beams. But as beams get narrower, it becomes harder to measure important properties. Now, Ihar Lobach of the University of Chicago and colleagues have demonstrated a new way to measure a beam’s vertical emittance more precisely than existing methods.

See also from Fermilab


Pilot Tutoring Program Funded by the College Innovation Fund

September 30, 2020

The Department of Physics will be launching a pilot tutoring program beginning the second week of the quarter. The program, which is funded by the College Innovation Fund, will focus on fundamental math and physics skills needed for introductory physics.

General and Physics GRE policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle

June 21, 2020

General and Physics GRE not accepted for 2020 UChicago Physics graduate school applications.

Daine Danielson Receives Hertz Foundation Fellowship

May 29, 2020

Graduate student Daine Danielson has been awarded the 2020 Hertz Foundation Fellowship, which supports five years of graduate research as well as lifelong professional support, including mentoring and networking within a connected, influential community of Hertz Scholars. Danielson's research explores the phenomenology of fundamental particles and fields, developing novel applications toward nuclear security and nonproliferation, and deepening our understanding of the natural world.

Congratulations Amanda, Jordan, Henry, Owen, and Adam!

May 1, 2020

Congrats NSF Fellows

Congrats to our current and incoming graduate students for receiving NSF Graduate Student Fellowships and honorable mentions!


Congratulations to Daine Danielson

September 24, 2019

First-year graduate student Daine Danielson has been awarded the 2019 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award by the US Department of Energy for his work on, "Directionally Accelerated Detection of a Second, Unknown Reactor with Antineutrinos for Mid-Field Nonproliferation Monitoring."

Congratulations to Tali Khain

September 17, 2019

First-year graduate student Tali Khain has been awarded an APS Apker Award for outstanding achievement by an undergraduate student. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. She ours now!