UChicago College Researchers on Urban Environment (CRUE)


The CRUE serves as the official committee for student engagement in activities, events and programming, communications and research projects for the program and its partners. The CRUE will be responsible for the operation and management of PGE's two student-led working groups: the Environmental, Food and Agriculture (EAF) working group, and the Frizzell Speaker & Learning Series.

The CRUE creates engagements for students with the program’s faculty, staff, campus and community partners, and guest speakers, and provide students a voice in environmental programs, research and activities on campus. Students in the CRUE receive priority for funded research assistantships/internships with PGE affiliated faculty. The CRUE manages all activities for the existing Frizzell Series and EAF student groups.

In summary, the CRUE is responsible for:

  • Planning, partnerships, communication and implementation for the Frizzell Series speakers and activities
  • Project development and management for the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group, including outreach and collaboration with campus and community partners
  • Curation and management of events and seminars with PGE affiliated faculty, campus partners and guest speakers.
  • Communication support through regular website updates, blog posts, social media and alumni profiles
  • Priority for funded research assistantships with faculty and internships with community partners

CRUE Members, 2020-21

    Paige Brann is a third year majoring in Sociology and English Literature. She is interested in rural sociology and the way literature portrays rural stories. She has previously worked in communications, and when she's not working Paige enjoys scrolling through Twitter and listening to NPR shows.

    Shopnavo Biswas is a third year working on reducing the energy consumption of campus labs as part of Environmental Frontiers. He is majoring in math, physics, and economics, with a minor in history. His interests lie in the application of quantitative methods to real-world challenges such as climate change. He is also a member of the UChicago varsity cross country and track & field teams and a member of the UChicago vexillological association.

    Eugen Craciunescu is a third year undergraduate student from Durham, North Carolina. Eugen is a Public Policy Studies major with a minor in Environmental and Urban Studies, with a particular interest in equitable and community-led urban planning in Chicago. He is currently working as a research associate at the University's Urbanism Lab, where he assists with research on the built environment and its impact on social and economic life. Besides academics and research, his interests include carpentry, gardening, and cooking.

    Lynn is a fourth year student majoring in Public Policy and Anthropology. Lynn works as a Research Assistant for Professor Emily Talen's Urbanism Lab and was also the Global Cities Research Intern for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her greatest urban passions are all things related to public spaces, but she is especially interested in public memorializations, protests, and historic preservation. She hopes to have a city planning career in the future.

    Javier Gaughan is a 4th year studying environmental science and urban planning, currently doing research on urbanism and working on events promotion for the Chicago Studies program. When Javier is not working he enjoys watching Sci-fi movies and listening to electronic music.

    Aishwarya is a third-year Computational and Applied Mathematics major and Environmental and Urban Studies minor. She is interested in the intersections of data science and sustainable policy and innovation. In her free time, she is involved in music groups on campus.

    Ruby Rorty is a third-year majoring in Economics and Environmental & Urban Studies. She has worked as a communications intern with the Program on the Global Environment and as a research assistant on the Environmental Frontiers water project. Her primary research interest is in the economic and health costs of plastic pollution. She is also the head editor of the Viewpoints section at The Chicago Maroon and mentors sustainability research at the Paul Douglas Institute. In her free time, she explores the outdoors and works on youth conservation with the Wild Hometown Movement.

    Peyton is a second-year student from New Hampshire. She is studying environmental science and economics. This past summer, she researched with the American Energy Society to forward innovation in the energy sector. On campus, she is a member of the Varsity Women's Lacrosse team, the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative, and the Environmental Research Group.

    Chloe is a second year double majoring in math and history, with a minor in education & society. Chloe's main role is working with Chicago Studies, in particular the "Today in Chicago History" Instagram column.


Upcoming Events

Hosted by CRUE

Data in Dialogue: Intro to R for Urban Environmental Data

March 12, 12-1pm

Hosted by the UChicago College Researchers on Urban Environment (CRUE) and Chicago Studies, and led by Nico Marchio (Research Data Scientist, Mansueto Institute), sign up now for this introductory webinar to learn how to analyze, interpret, and visualize city of Chicago census data.