UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (UCISTEM) helps students explore, prepare for, and obtain careers or professional school placements in STEM fields. Students have access to cutting-edge research and faculty members across STEM fields and are able to explore the intersection of these fields across academics 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 Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering as well as three world-class research laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, FermiLab, and Marine Biological Laboratory. Regardless of students’ interests and career goals, UCISTEM provides unparalleled resources across all of these innovative fields.
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.
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Workshops and Guest Speakers
UCISTEM invites 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.
Graduate School Resources
UCISTEM provides a number of resources to students interested in applying to graduate programs in STEM fields, for those students just beginning graduate school exploration to those undergoing the application process. UCISTEM offers a number of programs focused on application preparation, funding opportunities, and networking strategies. UCISTEM also offers a practice GRE test during Winter Quarter. In addition, admissions representatives from numerous top graduate programs host information sessions through UCISTEM throughout the year, providing students with the opportunity to further engage with specific schools.
Internship and Job 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 Job Shadowing Program, students have the opportunity to shadow and learn from alumni in their field of interest. Past Metcalf and job shadowing opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math have included Argonne National Laboratory, Google, Kew Botanical Gardens, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Adler Planetarium, BioEnterprise, Voltaic Systems, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Facebook, the US Department of Agriculture, and many more.
UCISTEM Engineering Fellows
UCISTEM Engineering Fellows is a selective, three-year program to provide tailored career programming for students from across all majors interested in pursuing engineering careers. Selected students will have access to specialized career advising, trainings in both technical and soft skills, and engineering-oriented treks. Exclusive Engineering Fellows programming will be offered by experts from academia, key industry partners, and national laboratories and research institutions. We welcome students with interest in a broad range of engineering areas, including chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, quantum engineering, water-energy engineering, and more. The UCISTEM Engineering Fellows application will open in spring quarter, 2020. All 1st year students are eligible to apply; there is no major requirement. Selected students will be notified of their admittance into the program during summer 2020 and will begin participating in selective programming during fall quarter of their second year.
UChicago Undergraduate Research Symposium and Lecture
UCISTEM hosts this annual event each fall in partnership with a student committee 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. More information about this annual event can be found here!
Graduate School Exploration and Preparation Seminar
The Graduate School Exploration and Preparation Seminar provides resources and networking opportunities to undergraduates who are considering graduate programs. Students will learn detailed information from admissions representatives regarding the application process, timeline, and requirements for success. Additional programs will be offered on grant writing and applying for undergraduate research opportunities. Students from all majors are encouraged to attend!
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: taking part in career exploration events or treks, hosting an extern or intern, and donating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.