Newly admitted students get an up-close look at Pritzker Molecular Engineering

Newly admitted students to the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering arrived on campus in late February for a full itinerary of social events, presentations, lively discussions, and guided tours designed to get them excited about joining the first school of molecular engineering in the country. The first of two Admitted Students Weekends did not disappoint.

In remarks to the incoming class, inaugural Dean Matthew Tirrell emphasized the importance of the Pritzker Molecular Engineering’s overarching mission and the novel educational paradigm embraced by the school.

“Our goal at PME is to provide our students the tools they need to be a force for positive change,” said Tirrell. “You’ll be part of a dynamic community of students, postdocs, and faculty working to push the boundaries of engineering and explore innovative solutions to the many challenges facing the world today.”

During the visit, attendees learned about PME’s distinct research ecosystem, its unique partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, and the school’s robust mentorship and career programs. Students also engaged in discussions with Pritzker Molecular Engineering’s expert faculty members during group presentations and in one-on-one meetings.

The weekend also included tours of the impressive UChicago campus and PME facilities, including the Pritzker Nanofabrication Laboratory, and a tour of STAGE Lab, a full-scale laboratory at PME devoted to collaborations among scientists and artists. Students also met with PME’s Dean of Students Office to hear about available support and resources and attended a mentorship and career discussion to learn about programs that will aid in translating their research into careers after graduation.

Both afternoons ended with social events during which admitted and current students had the opportunity to mingle and participate in team-building games.

PME will host a second Admitted Students’ Weekend March 15-17, and will welcome its full cohort of new students to campus full-time in Fall 2023.