News: Students


Adina Feinstein will receive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 7, 2022

Adina’s dissertation is on a multi-wavelength investigation of young stellar and planetary systems, supervised by Jacob Bean.

Rebecca Diesing will receive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

June 7, 2022

Rebecca’s dissertation is on the acceleration and astrophysical impact of galactic cosmic rays, supervised by Damiano Caprioli.

Congratulations to Dr. Huanqing Chen

May 27, 2022

Congratulations to Huanqing Chen for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on “Probing Cosmic Reionization with Quasar Proximity Zones” (PhD Advisor: Nick Gnedin)

Rostom Mbarek won a Nathan Sugarman Award

May 26, 2022

Congratulations to Rostom Mbarek, graduate student, for winning a 2022 Nathan Sugarman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research.

Congratulations to Megan Mansfield

May 18, 2022

Megan Mansfield won a  2021 IAU PhD Prize

Congratulations to our students received the NSF GSRFs Awards

April 14, 2022

Graduate student Alice Burington, undergraduate student Nick Corso, undergraduate student  Viraj Manwadkar, and undergraduate student Jared Siegel  received the NSF GSRFs Award.


Black holes have tantrums, and scientists have finally captured the resulting gamma rays

November 18, 2021

Congratulations to Emily Gilbert

October 5, 2021

Emily Gilbert has received the NASA/GSPC Robert H. Goddard Award - Science.

Congratulations to Zhuowen Zhang

September 21, 2021

Zhuowen Zhang has received the Prize for the Best Poster at the Fermilab Users Meeting in August, on DES galaxy cluster research.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Neil

September 15, 2021

Congratulations to Andrew Neil for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "Constraining Exoplanet Composition Demographics with  Large-scale Surveys" (PhD Advisor: Leslie Rogers).

Congratulation to Astrophysics Class of 2021!

June 17, 2021

Students’ final year of undergraduate study is filled with opportunities to make fond memories while preparing for life after their time at the College.

Congratulations to Gourav Khullar

May 4, 2021

Gourav Khullar, graduate student,  has been awarded a Physical Sciences Teaching Prize for 2020-2021.

PSD climate grants foster belonging while socially distanced

April 14, 2021

A safe space for EDI in A&A: Back in 2017, a group of graduate students and postdocs from the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics created IDEA, or Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Astronomy.

Jazmine Jefferson has been awarded a 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 6, 2021

Jazmine Jefferson is a second year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

“Aging stars provide a new cosmological yardstick”, by Nora Bailey, PSD News

March 1, 2021

Astrophysicist and University of Chicago graduate student Abigail Lee is the lead author on a new paper that analyzed observations of light from a nearby galaxy to validate the JAGB method for measuring cosmological distances. This novel technique will allow future independent distance measurements that can help answer one of the biggest outstanding questions in cosmology: how fast is the universe expanding?