As part of a world-class research university, students have access to research and internship opportunities, as well as national and international conferences, speakers, and workshops that enrich the classroom experience. Students benefit from UChicago's more than 140 institutes and centers.
The University of Chicago is one of only two universities in the nation to manage two national labs—Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. Other research institutes include the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics (linking physical and biological sciences) at the new Gordon Center for Integrative Science, the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, and the Urban Education Institute. Other centers include the Human Rights Program, the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, and the Enrico Fermi Institute.
The past decade has seen a boom in construction of new campus science buildings, all designed to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research across the sciences.
The Gwen and Jules Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery provides lab space for the Division of the Biological Sciences, the Cancer Research Center, and the Institute for Pediatric Molecular Sciences, exclusively devoted to improving children’s health through team-based research on how genes influence disease. The institute introduces an entirely new model of research that harnesses genomics, biophysics, physiology, and clinical studies to develop more effective treatments for pediatric diseases.
The Biological Sciences Learning Center is the unique, high-tech “one-room schoolhouse” for teaching and research in biology, housing classrooms, labs, offices, and educational facilities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in all levels of biology and medicine.