News: Awards


Joshua Frieman named Fellow of the American Astronomical Society

February 5, 2021

Citation: "Joshua Frieman (Fermilab / University of Chicago): For significant theoretical work on inflationary cosmology and dark energy and for pioneering contributions to optical survey science."

Joel Fuentes was selected as 2020–21 Radix Trading Fellow

January 5, 2021

His work involves exploiting superheated liquid techniques in sensitive bubble chambers for direct dark matter detection experiments.

Ti-Lin Chou was selected as 2020–21 Radix Trading Fellow

January 5, 2021

He studies cosmology, where he analyzes the faint microwave signal coming from the beginning of our universe to help answer questions in fundamental physics.

Gourav Khullar was selected as 2020–21 Radix Trading Fellow

January 5, 2021

As a sixth year PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Gourav studies the formation and evolution of galaxies in distant galaxy clusters, using data from ground- and space-based telescopes.


Prof. John E. Carlstrom named 2020 AAAS Fellow

December 2, 2020

John E. Carlstrom, Chair and the Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, is a leading figure in the study of the cosmic microwave background—the light left over from the first few moments of the universe, has been named a 2020 AAAS Fellow.

Two $5 million gifts to support Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, name directorship for Prof. David N. Schramm

September 29, 2020

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) has secured $10 million in new funding through two gifts: a $5 million gift from an anonymous alumnus and his wife and a match of $5 million from The Kavli Foundation. The first gift will name the directorship of the Institute in memory of Prof. David N. Schramm, a legendary professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Paolo Privitera won a Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

June 9, 2020

“Finding who you are, what you do best and what you enjoy doing will bring you in the right direction—in research, and more broadly, in life,” says Prof. Paolo Privitera. “For this reason, I do not rush the students to focus on a single big project when they start working with me.”

2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics: Andrew Fabian, Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy

May 27, 2020

Professor Andrew Fabian from Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy has been awarded the 2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, one of the world's most prestigious science prizes. 

Nora Shipp has been selected to receive a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

May 20, 2020

Nora’s dissertation research is on the discovery and modeling of Milky Way stellar streams, supervised by Alex Drlica-Wagner.

Karthik Ramanathan has won a 2020 Sugarman Award

May 17, 2020

Congratulations to Karthik Ramanathan on receiving a 2020 Sugarman Award!

Philip Mansfield has won a 2020 Sugarman Award

May 17, 2020

Congratulations to Phil Mansfield on receiving the 2020 Sugarman Award!

Paolo Privitera has been selected as a winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

April 21, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Paolo Privitera


Congratulations to Phil Mansfield

December 4, 2019

Phil Mansfield has been appoined as  the James Cronin Graduate Student Fellow.

Bjorn Scholz has received the APS’s 2020 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award

November 19, 2019

Citation: "For central contribution to the first measurement of Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering."

Prof. Joshua Frieman awarded $1 million by DOE Office of Science

October 18, 2019

The Department of Energy has awarded Fermilab and University of Chicago scientist Josh Frieman $1 million over three years as part of the inaugural Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellowship program.