Katharine Schutz

Hertz Fellow: Katharine Schutz

University of California, Berkeley

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2014 - present

Katelin Schutz is a graduate student in the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics. She graduated with a degree in physics from MIT in 2014 and has just completed her third year of graduate school. Her research interests lie at the intersection of astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology. While Katelin is primarily a theorist, she has been occasionally known to get her hands dirty with the data. She is broadly interested in using our universe in novel ways to understand and detect exotic new physics. In the process, she has studied a wide variety of topics including the inflationary origins of our universe, the formation of large-scale cosmological structures, supermassive black holes, and the composition of dark matter. Most recently, Katelin has proposed two new ideas for detecting dark matter: one method involves using the superfluid properties of liquid helium to search for dark matter below the nuclear mass scale, while the other involves using pulsars as astrophysical clocks for detecting primordial black hole dark matter through relativistic time delays. Currently she is working on using data from the Gaia satellite to map out the local dark matter distribution in the Milky Way.