The University of Chicago


One of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since our 1890 founding. Today, UChicago draws inspired scholars to Hyde Park and the University’s international centers, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

A UChicago education empowers individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the undergraduate College broaden their perspectives on world issues in the rigorous Core curriculumGraduate programs through our five divisions, six professional schools, and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal Arts and Professional Studies transform scholars into leaders.

With a commitment to free and open inquiry, UChicago scholars take an interdisciplinary approach to research that spans arts to engineeringmedicine to education. Our scholars lead the country in scientific and technological innovations, often in partnership with our affiliated laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Located in one of the world’s greatest cities, UChicago is enriched by and invested in the community. The University is the second-largest private employer in Chicago. We partner with the local South Side community on innovative initiatives with local benefits and replicable outcomes for urban universities everywhere.

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Dr. Zimmer

Dr. Robert J. Zimmer

Robert J. Zimmer is the President of the University of Chicago.

Prior to becoming President, Zimmer was a faculty member in the Mathematics Department and UChicago administrator, serving as Chairman of the Mathematics Department, Deputy Provost, and Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory. He also was Provost at Brown University from 2002-2006, returning to Chicago in 2006 to become President of the University.

As President, he serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory; Chair of the Board of Directors of Fermi Research Alliance LLC, the operator of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory. He was a member of the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation, from 2011 to 2016 and also served on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science from 2008 to 2010. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Zimmer is the author of two books and more than 80 mathematical research articles.

He earned his A.B. from Brandeis and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard, and has honorary degrees from Tsinghua University and Colby College.