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.
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
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
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
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.