Eckhardt Scholars

Eckhardt Graduate Scholars Program

2016 Eckhardt Cohort  


The Eckhardt Graduate Scholars Program is the premiere fellowship program in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) at the University of Chicago.  The program is intended to support exceptional doctoral students in the physical and mathematical sciences in launching their careers by creating an interdisciplinary community in which Scholars learn about the research frontiers across these fields from scientific leaders and from their peers. It is from the intersections between traditional fields that important new scientific questions and approaches often emerge. The program aims to provide Scholars with the collaborative environment that will help them formulate the research areas of the future.

In 2016-17, Eckhardt Scholars meet for programming that includes social events, the Eckhardt Scholars Lecture (presented this year by Wendy Freedman, the John & Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics), and a spring mini-symposium at which Eckhardt Scholars will describe their research. Scholars are joined in these events by leading faculty from across the physical sciences, providing opportunities to learn about the latest research findings and for informal mentoring.

The Eckhardt Graduate Scholarship program is due to the generosity of University of Chicago alumnus William Eckhardt (SM ’70).  Eckhardt, the chairman and CEO of Eckhardt Trading Company, holds a master's in mathematics from the University.  He drew on his background in the history of scientific methods and mathematical statistics to develop his trading program.  Eckhardt has a deep interest in science, including the study of quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology and the philosophy of time.

Director, Eckhardt Graduate Scholars Program:  Michael D. Hopkins