• Phoenix Biology

    Explore, Engage, Enrich


    2014-2015 RSO of the Year

    2015-2016 RSO of the Year

  • Who we are: Phoenix Biology

    Phoenix Biology is a University of Chicago Registered Student Organization sponsored by the BSCD. Our mission is to help students:

    • Explore the incredible range of the biological sciences and give undergraduates a larger perspective on the fascinating science and industry shaping the future

    • Engage with other students and faculty to foster a dynamic community of peers and colleagues in the biological sciences through meaningful and lasting interactions

    • Enrich themselves academically and professionally so that they may discover and successfully pursue their career and life aspirations

  • What We Do

    Phoenix Biology offers a wide variety of events and programs that contribute to the University of Chicago's life of the mind and a sense of community among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the sciences.

    Phoenix Lecture Series

    The University of Chicago's "life of the mind" emphasizes the pursuit of cutting edge ideas and creativity in both the humanities and the sciences.


    The Phoenix Lecture series seeks to introduce the nation's leading scientific minds and ideas in the biological sciences to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Chicago.

    Research Symposium

    First held in October 2014, the event was the first to celebrate undergraduate research from all science departments at the University of Chicago. Over 250 people were in attendance.


    The 2015 Symposium took place at the new, state of the art Eckhardt Research Center in October. Internationally renowned breast cancer researcher Dr. Funmi Olopade gave the keynote address and over 60 students presented.


    The 2016 Symposium was held in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciencecs at the University of Chicago, drawing over 60 presenters and 300 attendees.

    Fireside Chats

    Undergraduates benefit greatly when they have an opportunity to closely interact with senior faculty members, even, and especially, outside the boundaries of the classroom.


    Fireside Chats present an opportunity for undergraduates to interact with their professors in an informal setting and to get to know them on a more personal level.

    Mentorship Program

    There are plenty of opportunities to be found in the biological sciences, if one knows where to look for them.


    The Phoenix Mentorship Program seeks to promote the academic and professional careers of students in the life sciences by pairing them with  supportive upperclassmen, faculty, and alumni mentors who have walked a wide variety of career paths and had a host of different academic experiences.

    Career Exploration

    You've memorized the structures of all the amino acids...now what?


    Through career exposure and networking events, Phoenix Biology offers you the chance to explore careers beyond the ever popular fields of medicine and research. Do what you want to do with your life, and discover that journey through Phoenix Biology.

    Expanding Horizons

    The classroom doesn't teach you everything there is about biology. Phoenix Biology seeks to constantly expand undergraduates' understanding of the enormous scale of biology through diverse programming.


    Examples include: career exposure events, field trips, documentary screenings, journal clubs, mixers, and more.

  • Winter Quarter 2017 Schedule

    • 2nd week: New Board Member Announcements
    • 2nd week: RSO Prospie Fair
    • 3rd week: Sciencepalooza 2017! (Whole Week)
    • 4th week: Biology Lab Night 
    • 4th week: RSO Prospie Fair
    • 4th week: Mentorship Event in BSLC 109
    • 5th week: Sciencepalooza Fair on the Quad-(4/28) at 11 AM- 2:00 PM in the Main Quad
    • 6th week: Fireside Chat with Dr. Marvin Makinen, MD-PhD - (5/3) at 5:00 pm in South Lounge of Reynolds Club
    • 7th week: Course Selection Panel
    • 8th week: Mentorship Event
    • 9th week: Master's Night with the BSCD: Jurassic World.

  • Third Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016

    October 7th, 2016

    Thank you for making the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Lecture was a massive success! This is a collaboration between UCISTEM and Phoenix Biology. The event took place on the afternoon of Friday, October 7th, in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science, and highlighted the research endeavors of over 60 University of Chicago undergraduates. Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Amie Wilkinson, Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

    Please consider joining us next year for this exciting event! Tentatively scheduled for early October 2017. A call for abstracts will be issued in August.

    Dr. Amie Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago

  • Contact Us

    Any questions? Drop us a line!

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