Sam McDermott

Associate Fellow, KICP
Schramm Fellow, Fermilab

Sam McDermott


Ph.D., Michigan, 2014


I am the Schramm Fellow in the theoretical astrophysics group on the 6th floor at Fermilab. I defended my graduate thesis at the University of Michigan as the student of Kathryn M. Zurek in April of 2014. For my final year in grad school, I was a theory student fellow at Fermilab, working with Dan Hooper and the particle group. I went on to a postdoc at the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University on Long Island. For undergrad I attended the University of Pennsylvania, where I was a member of the student radio station, WQHS.

I am primarily interested in dark matter: I have studied direct detection, indirect detection, model building, cosmological and astrophysical constraints, the Galactic center GeV excess, and Supernova 1987A. These interests have led me to study finite temperature field theory, image processing techniques, some materials science, and particle physics model building.