The first of two virtual admitted students visits at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago took place on February 23 and 24. The two-day event gave attendees an inside look at the school and introduced them to faculty members, current students, researchers, and others. The program aimed to familiarize admitted students with Pritzker Molecular Engineering’s unique problem-based focus, collaborative model, and culture.
“We have worked hard to make sure [admitted students] can interact in multiple formats with students, faculty, and staff to learn about all PME has to offer,” said Prof. Aaron Esser-Kahn, the faculty lead for the event. “We hope students can go beyond PowerPoints and Zoom to get a sense of the passion and excitement that is infectious throughout PME.”
Admitted students also met individually with faculty members, virtually toured individual labs and the greater University of Chicago campus, and attended student-led events like a panel discussion and a social mixer.
Several events took place in a virtual conference space called Gather Town, a new format that PME adopted this year. The platform allowed admitted students to navigate around a customizable space and casually interact with current PME community members via voice and video chat.