Physics Recruitment

2023 Open House Schedule

The 2023 Physics Department Graduate Student Open House will take place on March 2, 3, and 4. All information and updates about the schedule will be posted here. Travel and reimbursement information are found at the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Putri Kusumo.

Travel Information | Reimbursement Information

Thursday, March 2

During Day 1 prospective students will have the opportunity to attend one of our weekly Physics Department Tea-time gathering and Colloquia.

At the end of the colloquium, students will have the opportunity to interact with speaker, Wendy Freedman, and ask questions about the seminar.

Thursday, March 2nd:
— 3:00 – 3:30 pm CST: Department Tea-time with faculty and current students (KPTC 206)
— 3:30 – 5:30 pm CST: Department Colloquium in KPTC 106 (Maria Goeppert-Mayer Lecture Hall) and Colloquium Reception in the (KPTC 206)
— 6:30 – 8:30 pm CST: Prospective Graduate Student Reception at the home of Professors Young-Kee Kim and Sidney Nagel (4913 S. Kimbark Ave.)


Friday, March 3 

During Day 2 the prospective students will be introduced to our program. They will be presented our research activities and they will speak with faculty members (based on the provided desiderata). When possible, meetings will be one-on-one. When this is not possible up to three students might be accommodated in the same slot to satisfy potential concurring requests.

  • 8:30am – 9:30 am CST: Welcome Breakfast at Quad Club, introduction by Department Chair Peter Littlewood with Director of Graduate Studies Zosia Krusberg,
  • 10:00am – 10:30 am CST: Concurrent Group Research Overviews
    • General Relativity, Particle Theory and String Theory (MCP 3rd floor Atrium)
    • AMO, Hard Condensed Matter Theory and Quantum Theory (MCP 440)
    • Biophysics and Soft Matter Physics (GCIS E123)
    • AMO, Hard Condensed Matter and Quantum Experiment (GCIS W301)
    • Astro Particle Physics and Cosmology (ERC 401
    • Accelerator Physics, Dark Matter and Particle Physics Experiment (MCP 215)
  • 10:30am – 4:30pm CST: one-on-one faculty meetings (30 minute each)
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm CST: Lunch at the Gordon Center for Integrative Science (GCIS 3rd floor Atrium)
  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm CST: Reception and poster session with students, postdocs, and faculty (GCIS 3rd floor Atrium)
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm CST: Boarding shuttles to downtown Chicago on Ellis Ave (outside of GCIS)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm CST: Dinner for prospective graduate students and invited faculty at Eataly downtown Chicago

Saturday, March 4

The Department of Physics is committed to creating a positive, respectful environment of shared inquiry and learning for all members of our community.  We concur with the President and Provost’s statement on diversity (Feb 2020), which emphasizes that “we must be an intellectual community where all scholars feel welcome, heard, and encouraged to do their best work.”

10:00am – 12:00pm CST: You are invited to an optional brunch at Quad Club. This brunch will be hosted by the Women and Gender Minorities in Physics Group (WAGMiP). This event will be led by our current graduate student Lauren Weiss and our faculty guest, Stephanie Palmer


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