News: Awards


“NSF awards $52M to upgrade Simons Observatory in Chile to explore origins of universe”, UChicago News

May 9, 2023

Improvements include upgraded receiver, solar panels to power the observatory and data processing pipeline.

Congratulations to Dr. Celeste Keith!

April 24, 2023

Congratulations to Celeste Keith for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on "OBSERVATIONAL CONSEQUENCES OF HAWKING RADIATION FROM PRIMORDIAL BLACK HOLES".

A Cosmic Merger of Science And Art for South Side Students: The South Side Science Art Contest

April 13, 2023

In early 2023, the Community Engagement Working Group in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics organized the South Side Science Art Contest, open to children K-12 who attend schools on the South Side of Chicago. Work on this initiative had started in the Autumn Quarter of 2022, following a successful proposal by the group to the PSD's Inclusive Climate Grant, a fund that supports initiatives that increase diversity or positively impact that division’s culture.

“Prof. Wendy Freedman to present Ryerson Lecture on ‘Our Expanding Universe’ “, UChicago News

April 5, 2023

Prof. Wendy Freedman, a leading astronomer who has made fundamental measurements of our universe, will deliver the 2023 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture on May 15 at the Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.

Adina Feinstein won a NASA Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2023

April 5, 2023

Adina Feinstein (Ph.D. 2023) won a NASA Astrophysics Postdoctoral Sagan Fellowship for 2023.

Congratulations Diego Garza and Congratulations Aster Taylor

April 5, 2023

Diego Garza (Physics, Astrophysics, 2023) and Aster Taylor (Astrophysics, 2023) won the  NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Robert Rosner named a 2022 AAAS fellow

February 28, 2023

Robert Rosneris a theoretical physicist who since 1987 has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the Harris School of Public Policy. 

“Six University of Chicago researchers named 2023 Sloan Fellows”, UChicago News

February 15, 2023

Irina Zhuravleva, a Clare Boothe Luce assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, has earned a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship.

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has selected Richard G. Kron’s collaborative research project for 2023–2024

February 14, 2023

“Capturing the Stars: Women’s Networks and the Advancement of Science at Yerkes Observatory, 1895–1940”, Richard G. Kron (Astronomy and Physics), Kristine Palmieri (Institute on the Formation of Knowledge), Andrea Twiss-Brooks (The University of Chicago Library), Emily Kern (History).

Prof. Michael Gladders is the 2022-2023 recipient of the Marian and Stuart Rice Research Award

February 8, 2023

Prof. Michael Gladders is the 2022-2023 recipient of the Marian and Stuart Rice Research Award, a U. Chicago Physical Sciences Divisional honor that provides funding for intellectually exciting and innovative research ventures that enables new directions of research.

“Robert Rosner, 2023 APS President, Takes the Helm”, APS News

January 28, 2023

Robert Rosner likes big questions.
How could nuclear power help humanity in a warming climate? How can physicists better explain their work to the public? And why are magnetic fields… well, everywhere? “The nerve of them, being so ubiquitous,” he says.


Congratulations to Prof. Leslie Rogers!

December 9, 2022

Assistant Professor  Leslie Rogers has been awarded the J. and J. Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowship in the College for 2022-2023.

Congratulations to Prof. Daniel Fabrycky!

December 5, 2022

Dan Fabrycky has been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College.

“Student uses NASA data to reveal new details on planets in other solar systems”, UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

November 7, 2022

Study by Jared Siegel, UChicago ’22, sets upper limits on the masses of 50 exoplanets.

Congratulations to Harper Learmonth!

November 7, 2022

Harper Learmonth has been selected as a 2022-2023 Quad Faculty Research Grant recipient to serve as an undergraduate research assistant with Professor Rogers.