South Side Science Festival

Thank you for another successful South Side Science Festival

The 2nd Annual South Side Science Festival on September 30, 2023, was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and helped organize this year’s festival. We look forward to another day of science, inspiration, and fun next year!

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About the South Side Science Festival

Created in 2022, the South Side Science Festival brings the South Side and UChicago communities together for a day of fun outdoor science exploration, inspiring exchanges with faculty and student researchers, live experiments and demonstrations, food, and music.


Each year, the public can meet some of the scientists conducting top research on the South Side; talk to grad students about why they chose science; and fire up imaginations around the possibilities of STEM.

Faculty Organizers

S3F was created and organized by University of Chicago faculty members, along with the help of countless students and staff volunteers.

John Anderson, PhD

John Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry


John’s research centers on transition metal chemistry, blending organic chemistry, spectroscopy, materials chemistry, and biology to understand the interplay between natural and synthetic (man-made) systems.

Hannes Bernien, PhD

Hannes Bernien, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering


Hannes studies quantum physics and quantum information processing to develop new ways of engineering large, complex quantum systems.

Sarah King, PhD

Sarah King, PhD

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Sarah’s research centers on investigating materials at their most fundamental units, watching bonds and electrons moving in real space and time on the nanoscale, so that we can create next generation electronic, catalytic, and optical devices.

Maanasa Raghavan, PhD

Maanasa Raghavan, PhD

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Human Genetics


Maanasa’s research spans population genetics, anthropology, archaeology, and medical genetics. Her team asks questions about how demographic, cultural, and environmental factors shape the genetics of present-day humans.

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