Academics

Non-degree Visiting Student Research

We welcome students from other institutions to come to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering to conduct research with us. 

If you’re interested in becoming a non-degree visiting student researcher, familiarize yourself with our faculty and their research areas. Then, reach out to a faculty member to inquire about the possibility of joining their lab as a non-degree visitor.

After a faculty member invites you to join them as a non-degree visiting student researcher, you will be contacted by a member of the Dean of Students Office with information regarding next steps. If you have questions, contact us at pme-admissions@uchicago.edu.  

For more information on non-degree visiting student researcher status at the University of Chicago, see the University of Chicago Student Manual.

Prospective graduate non-degree visiting student researchers must be prepared to provide the following:

  • A CV (include this in your initial outreach to the faculty)
  • A personal statement describing your research interests
  • Your most recent academic transcript
  • The name of the PME faculty member who ultimately invites you to join their lab as a visiting student researcher
  • A completed PME non-degree visiting student application (obtained once a formal invitation is offered by a faculty member)

International students

To apply for a student visa, prospective international graduate non-degree visiting student researchers who are not US citizens or permanent residents must also provide the following:

  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • Proof of English-language proficiency TOEFL or IELTS test scores are acceptable, or an examination by interview may be arranged
  • Documentation of all financial support for your study at the University of Chicago. Furthermore, international visitors need to demonstrate access to funds of at least $6,570 per quarter

International visitors should review the information on the visa application process provided by the University’s Office of International Affairs, including health insurance requirements.

Prospective undergraduate non-degree visiting student researchers should review our Research Experiences for Undergraduates page. We welcome you to apply for research positions for the summer term.

Undergraduate non-degree visiting student researchers must provide the following:

  • A personal statement describing your research interests (include this in your initial outreach to the faculty)
  • Your most recent academic transcript
  • The name of the PME faculty member who is inviting you to join their lab as a visiting student researcher
  • A completed PME non-degree visiting student application (obtained once a formal invitation is offered by a faculty member)

International students

To apply for a student visa, prospective undergraduate non-degree visiting student researchers who are not US citizens or permanent residents must also provide the following:

  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • Proof of English-language proficiency TOEFL or IELTS test scores are acceptable, or an examination by interview may be arranged
  • Documentation of all financial support for your study at the University of Chicago. Furthermore, international visitors need to demonstrate access to funds of at least $6,570 per quarter

International visitors should review the information on the visa application process provided by the University’s Office of International Affairs, including health insurance requirements.

We occasionally consider exceptional high school students for summer research opportunities. Advanced students, such as those who have pursued college-level science and math, should follow the requirements outlined above for undergraduate students. Most visiting high school students are juniors or seniors. The minimum age is 14. 

All visiting students under age 18 must be accepted to work in a faculty member’s lab no later than the beginning of March.

Tuition and fees

As a non-degree visiting student researcher, you must pay tuition and fees. This includes a student services fee covering health services and other on-campus services. You are also required to either purchase health insurance through the University or provide documentation of existing coverage.