Eckhardt Scholars

Eckhardt Graduate Scholars Program

 2017 Eckhardt Cohort

The Eckhardt Graduate Scholars Program is the premier 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.

Eckhardt Scholars participate in quarterly professional development workshops focused on the the extra-academic skills required for scientific leadership. The 2017-18 theme is science communication, with interactive workshops on addressing audiences, presenting scientific research to non-scientists, and establishing an online presence. Additionally, Eckhardt Scholars are invited to quarterly research talks with faculty from across the division, all of whom excel in the area's theme. The 2016-17 talks included Wendy Freedman and Sid Nagel.

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 Foote