Katelin Schutz is a NASA Einstein Fellow and Pappalardo Fellow in the MIT Department of Physics. Katelin received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2019 under the supervision of Hitoshi Murayama. Her dissertation work focused on observational searches for “dark sectors,” consisting of new particles and forces that would only interact very weakly with the visible world. These searches necessarily lie at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. While primarily a theorist, Katelin has been occasionally known to get her hands dirty with data in an attempt to discover new kinds of physical phenomena. Katelin’s doctoral work was recognized by the American Physical Society, which awarded her the Sakurai Dissertation Award in theoretical particle physics, citing her highly original contributions to this area of inquiry. The ultimate goal of Katelin’s ongoing research is to recover every bit of information about what our Universe is made of by considering how astrophysical systems would be affected with the addition of new particles and forces. Katelin will join McGill University in Montreal as assistant professor in August 2021, where she will form a research group jointly in the Centre for High Energy Physics and in the McGill Space Institute.
University of California, Berkeley