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Faculty

Photo of UChicago professor Matthew Tirrell
Matthew Tirrell is the founding Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering as well as a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology.

Awards associated with current and former faculty and alumni of UChicago

  • 91 Nobel Laureates, six currently on faculty
  • 230+ American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows
  • 18 John Bates Clark Medalists (Economics)
  • 9 Fields Medalists (Mathematics)
  • 260+ Guggenheim Fellows
  • 34 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows
  • 47 National Academy of Sciences members
  • 20 National Humanities Medal winners
  • 15 National Medal of Science winners
  • 14 Presidential Medal of Freedom winners
  • 23 Pulitzer Prize winners

An academic community

The combination of a liberal arts college with a research university encourages rich faculty-student exchange in and out of the classroom. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1, and most classes are taught by faculty. Students have many opportunities to build relationships with faculty in small, discussion-based classes, during office hours, at department-sponsored lectures and events, and through dorm events organized by faculty Resident Deans. Most of our faculty call Hyde Park home, expanding the sense of academic community beyond campus to the neighborhood surrounding the University. Don’t be surprised to see your professors at the park, in line at the grocery store, or browsng at a local bookstore.