A wide range of education and outreach opportunties are available on campus and in the Chicago area for faculty and students in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. From early childhood enrichment at local preschools to lectures at libraries and community centers for older adults, department members are active in sharing the excitement of discovery with the public.

The Department enables a number of education and outreach programs and opportunities, however the core of the efforts are concentrated in several programs.

  • Space Explorers – A multifaceted, multi-year commitment to inner city, minority, precollege students that includes interactions with the the Department and KICP community, laboratory experiences, and residential science institutes.
  • Adler Planetarium - Our close partnership with Adler Planetarium facilitates many opportunities for education and outreach.
  • The Brinson Lecture is held every spring to present cutting-edge science in an event that is free and open to the public.
  • Chicago-area Opportunities - Within the Chicago area, opportunities for public outreach abound.


Groups interested in hosting an outreach speaker from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics may contact Jennifer Smith, Department Administrator, at (773) 834-0393.