Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (UCISTEM) helps students explore, prepare for, and obtain careers or professional school placements in these fields. Students have access to cutting-edge research and faculty members across the STEM fields and are able to explore the intersection of these fields across academic and industry. All majors and minors may join UCISTEM and students have the opportunity to participate in an elective workshop curriculum and experiential learning options such as treks, research opportunities, internships, externships, and innovation competitions. Opportunities for mentorship, alumni networking, and one-on-one advising are readily available and students may participate in research projects within the Biological Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Division and Institute for Molecular Engineering as well as three National Laboratories; Argonne National Laboratory, FermiLab and Marine Biological Lab.  Regardless of students’ interests and career goals, UCISTEM provides unparalleled resources across all of these innovative fields.

One-on-One Advising 

Students can count on having as many appointments as they need during their time on campus. Appointments can be utilized to review resumes, cover letters, or research materials as well as help students find available summer opportunities. To make an appointment with a UCISTEM adviser, please log in to UChicago Handshake.

Programming

Stay up to date with the latest programming by joining the UCISTEM listhost. Log in to your UChicago Handshake account, and select: UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Workshops and Guest Speakers 

UCISTEM brings in alumni and partners to expose students to the breadth of opportunities available and provides a forum for students to explore paths, dive into the latest industry trends, and meet potential mentors.  Paths explored have included materials science, neuroscience, technology virtualization, digital innovation, space visualization, patent law, museum design, policy and ethics, molecular engineering, cyber security, medical affairs, science outreach to the public, architecture, and molecular gastronomy.

UCISTEM Engineering & Laboratory Science Graduate School Fair 

The fair provides resources and networking opportunities to undergraduates who would like to learn more about the different engineering and laboratory science graduate programs, the application process, timeline and requirements for success.  Students from all majors, including physics, chemistry, computer science, biological sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, and economics attend to explore graduate school programs and opportunities in engineering and the lab sciences.

UChicago Research Symposium and Lecture

UCISTEM hosts this annual event each fall in partnership with an RSO (2014 partner was Phoenix Biology) and faculty members.  The symposium is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their research endeavors to the University community and promotes interdisciplinary, intellectual discourse among a variety of students, staff, and faculty.  

Internship and Shadowing Opportunities 

The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, unique to the University of Chicago, offers paid, substantive internships around the world exclusively to undergraduates. Through the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program, students have the opportunity to shadow and learn from alumni in their field of interest. Past Metcalf and ABG opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math have included Argonne National Laboratory, Google, Kew Botanical Gardens, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Adler Planetarium, BioEnterprise, Facebook, the US Department of Agriculture, and many more.

Support the Program

UCISTEM could not succeed without the support of alumni and experienced professionals. If you are an employer or practitioner in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, consider getting involved in the following ways: career exploration events, treks, hosting an extern or intern, anddonating to the program. If you are interested in any of these options or have ideas of your own, please contact Tara Ford, Program Director of UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, at taraford@uchicago.edu.