Current PhD Students

Disability Accommodations

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering aims to support a diverse and inclusive learning and research community. The Pritzker Molecular Engineering Dean of Students team partners with the University's office of Student Disability Services (SDS) to promote access to facilities and activities across campus for all students. We work with students, faculty, and campus partners to help coordinate accommodations where needed and to identify appropriate resources.  The goal is for our students to be able to fully engage in the academic life of the University.

Students seeking services should take the following steps to begin the accommodations process as soon as they are admitted to the PME:

  1. Complete and submit the online Student Disability Services Request Form.
  2. Submit current and comprehensive disability documentation for your disability/disabilities. Review the SDS guidelines for disability documentation before requesting documentation from your health care professional. Disability documentation may not be needed for visible disabilities where the access need is obvious. Disability documentation can be uploaded with your Request for Accommodations Form in the AIM Student Portal.
  3. Meet with a SDS staff member to discuss the impact of your disability and potential accommodations and services to mitigate access barriers caused by your disability. The SDS staff will review your request and consult with campus partners as needed to determine whether or what accommodations would be appropriate.  As graduate students, you will receive an Accommodation Determination Letter that states the approved accommodations. Copies are shared with the area Dean of Students (or a designee) who will assist with the implementation of accommodations.
  4. The disability process is an interactive one. Contact SDS if your condition changes or if you would like to discuss other accommodation options.

If you have questions about obtaining accommodations, or have already received accommodations and have questions about their implementation or scope, please contact Associate Dean of Students David Taylor, the PME's disability services liaison.

In addition to Student Disability Services, the University of Chicago also offers health care through the UChicago Student Wellness. Services include physician and nurse practitioner appointments, nutritional counseling, physician-on-call, sports medicine, and more. UChicago Student Wellness provides students with a range of mental health services. Based on the student's individual needs and concerns, the intake counselor will recommend appropriate services including counseling, medication management, support groups, ADHD services, and academic skills assessment.

The PME's research and administrative home is the Eckhardt Research Center. Anyone in need of a quiet, accessible space can find one in the first-year study room on the first floor of the ERC.

Be reminded that the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). For additional information regarding the University of Chicago’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, please click here.

PME students, current or prospective, who have questions or concerns about navigating the disability accommodations process at the University of Chicago should contact David Taylor or Rovana Popoff.