# ELLA BANYAS

I'm a fourth-year graduate student in condensed matter theory. I like thinking about materials design challenges and fundamental limits on material performance. Condensed matter physics is an incredibly broad field, and there's still so much of it that I haven't explored -- so I would love to dive into something new and learn alongside a mentee if they're interested!

## JAMES REED WATSON

I'm Reed, a sixth year PhD student in physics. I am engaged in research in high energy experimental particle physics. In particular, I am interested in dark matter, neutrinos, and astrophysics. I'm looking forward to working with you, and possibly alongside you!

## EMIL ALBRYCHIEWICZ

Hi! I’m Emil, a first year grad student in high energy theory. I am interested in quantum field theory, string theory, condensed matter theory. On more applicable side I study how Physics helps to fight fires. I am open to explore new topics too!

## JOSEPH SLIVKA

I am Joseph, a second-year PhD student and have expansive interests in computational and experimental physics. I am currently looking to apply topological data analysis to biophysics and soft-matter experiment, but I have done research in theoretical astrophysics and applied PDEs. Always excited to talk about interdisciplinary physics or just life plans and goals. I can't wait to do some cool physics with all of you!

## BETHANY SUTER

My name is Bethany and I’m a second year PhD student in physics. I’m interested in high energy particle physics, quantum field theory, gravity (GR or quantum gravity), and cosmology, all from a primarily theoretical perspective. I would love to work and learn with you over the course of the next term!

## MENTORS

### YASEMIN KIRIŞÇIOĞLU

I'm Yasemin Kirişçioğlu, a second year PhD student in Physics. I'm currently involved in biophysics and soft condensed matter research. I'm really excited to be part of the DRP, and looking forward to meeting mentees

### KENNY VETTER

I am interested in experimental high energy physics, particularly physics beyond the Standard Model in the lepton sector. I am currently working on the CUORE experiment which is looking for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay. My work currently focuses on signal processing and spectral analysis.

### JACQUELYN HO

My name is Jacqie and I am a second year physics PhD student. My research is in AMO experiment, specifically on cavity QED. I'd like to work with anyone interested in getting to know AMO as a field, from atomic physics theory to recent experimental progress.

## HAOXING DU

I'm a second-year PhD student in physics. Right now, I'm most interested in the foundations of quantum theory, and more broadly, quantum information theory. I would be thrilled if you want to explore some foundational topics together (e.g. interpretations of quantum theory, characterizing nonclassicality, understanding nonlocality and contextuality, quantum causal models, quantum thermodynamics, etc) but I'm also happy to work with you on any quantum information related topic.

## CHAO JU

I'm a third year PhD student in physics. I'm interested in quantum field theory, quantum information, and quantum gravity.

## ANDRÉS FRANCO VALIENTE

I'm a second year physics PhD student in high energy theory. I have several interests in mathematical physics, theoretical physics and physics education. My research is in non-equilibrium quantum field theory and superstring theory. If you're looking for a theoretically inclined PDRP, i'm your guy.

## MATTHEW SELF

I am a second year PhD student in high energy theory, with interests and background in cosmology (both observation and theory), mathematical relativity, and quantum gravity. I'm excited to work with and learn alongside you this upcoming semester!

## JUANCA MARTINEZ

I'm Juanca, a second-year Ph.D. student in Physics. Currently, my research interest is High Energy Physics, particularly in dark matter, neutrino phenomenology, and leptogenesis. I'm excited to explore with you the still-open questions in the field.

## EZRA LESSER

I am a fourth-year PhD student in high-energy experimental nuclear physics. My interests are in jet substructure, in particular understanding how the hot, dense quark-gluon plasma created in heavy-ion collisions modifies fundamental physics interactions. I’m also interested in hadronization, which due to its non-perturbative nature has evaded much first-principles theoretical understanding. The field of nuclear physics is an exciting, open, and growing horizon for studying many still-open questions at the edge of QCD.

## GWEN HANLEY

I'm a fourth-year graduate student who studies planetary science, specifically Mars, and space physics (which is just a fancy term for plasma physics in space). I would also be interested in working with students who are interested in heliophysics, atmospheric science, or astrophysics, but that would be less familiar ground for me!

## BEN FOSTER

I'm a fourth-year PhD student in the physics department. I'm interested in dynamical systems theory with a focus on problems of pattern formation, particularly those arising from fluid dynamics and elasticity theory.

## ISAAC HARRIS

I am a third year physics PhD doing experimental condensed matter physics. I am interested in spintronics, from both application and basic science perspectives. I look forward to mentoring students who want to learn about this exciting field!

## TOMO SOEJIMA

I'm a fourth-year PhD student studying condensed matter theory. I mainly study computational methods for two dimensional quantum systems, but I'm interested in anything about statistical mechanics and materials science.

Please reach out if you want to learn anything in those fields!

## ALEX SMITH

I'm Alex, and I study condensed matter physics. My work is computational and my group uses density functional theory and other computational methods to study the electronic structure of solids (and sometimes molecules). I primarily work on studying the properties of metal-organic frameworks that are used for carbon capture, but I also look at other systems that are used for oxygen capture and mercury separation in water. Outside of small molecule adsorption, I also look at metal-organic frameworks with interesting electronic and magnetic properties. I look forward to working with students interested in solid state physics and/or computational methods in condensed matter physics!

## ZACK WEINSTEIN

I'm a third year physics PhD student studying condensed matter physics. I have broad personal interests, but I'm particularly interested in many body physics, nonequilibrium dynamics, and quantum information. I would be happy to mentor on a topic I'm already familiar with, or to learn something completely new!

## NICHOLAS HUANG

I'm a seventh year graduate student studying cosmology. I work on data from a microwave telescope at the South Pole. My scientific interests are in large scale structure (the distribution of matter in the universe), and reionization. That being said, I'd be happy to learn more about anything in cosmology, or some of the statistical tools we commonly use (for example, Bayesian statistics, and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods).

## HANNAH WEAVER

I'm a fifth year grad student in physics and I study dynamics in materials (currently low-dimensional TMDCs) using ultrafast microscopy. If you're also interested in optics, spectroscopy, imaging, semiconductor physics, or excited state dynamics in materials, I would be excited to learn more with you!

## JONATHON KRUPPE

I'm a third year student working at the interface of quantum, condensed matter, and statistical physics. I do experiments and simulations to probe phase transition physics, non-equilibrium dynamics, and disorder driven phenomena in quantum many-body systems. I have super broad interests, and much of the concepts underlying my research come up in fields as disparate as magnetism, soft matter, and even computer science! Together, we can read background theory on any related subject, and use that theory to understand a specific problem in the literature!

## ASHWIN SINGH

My name is Ashwin, and I'm a third year PhD student studying experimental atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. AMO is so interesting to me because experiments in the field have implications in all sorts of other fields, like quantum computing, metrology, probing the standard model, and chemistry. I look forward to meeting physics students interested in the area (or even students who aren't, I'm open to learning new fields!)

## ALEX LIEBMAN-PELAEZ

I am a third year grad student with interests in condensed matter experiment. I get particularly excited about ordering and pattern formation in solids, excited state dynamics, and photon probes (scattering, spectroscopy, etc). I love reading and discussing topics in solid state, chemical, and statistical physics!

## KARTHIK SIVA

I'm a fifth-year PhD student doing condensed matter physics and quantum information theory. I am particularly interested in tensor networks, open quantum systems, and more recently in cQED. I'd be happy to mentor anyone interested in these topics or something more general in these fields.

## MADELINE BERNSTEIN

I'm a third year PhD student working in experimental atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. Specifically, I work on the alpha experiment, which is a precision measurement of the fine structure constant. I'm widely interested in all things AMO & standard model, and I'm especially excited about how these intersect in what's called "tabletop" particle physics (EDM searches, precision measurements, dark matter searches, etc..)

## NEIL GLIKIN

I'm a sixth year PhD student working in AMO experiment. Specifically, I trap individual, isolated atomic ions, which are nearly ideal quantum systems and can be manipulated with well-controlled electromagnetic fields such as lasers. I have a not-too-strict jumble of subjects that I'm interested in, some of which are quantum optics, quantum information and quantum computation, quantum control, decoherence, and the creation of weird quantum states (of atoms or light) as well as the technology that's used to do so. I would be very excited to explore topics within or even loosely related to any of these subjects with you!

## NICK CHOKSI

I'm a third year grad student working on problems in theoretical astrophysics. My research has dabbled in the formation and evolution of planets, stellar clusters, and supermassive black holes. I'm happy to explore these (or any other topic in astrophysics) with students!

## MARIO D'ANDREA

I am a third year physics PhD student studying theoretical high energy physics. I am interested in quantum field theory, particle phenomenology, and problems in the foundations of physics. I also enjoy teaching and am interested in physics pedagogy. I am open to reading about a range of topics, so just ask!

## VYASSA BARATHAM

I'm a 6th year PhD student interested in particle physics, field theory, and renormalization. In the past, I have mentored DRP projects on quantum computing and security, introductory QFT, and links between field theory and stat mech. Whatever we study, I like to slow down and cement our understanding in the fundamentals, which often means breaking down problems much further than the standard textbook treatment.

My doctoral research is a study of the use of computational simulation in neuroscience.

## ADAM FRIM

I am a fourth-year PhD student working in stochastic thermodynamics and nonequilibrium physics with application in mesoscopic physics and (in principle) biological settings. I am happy to mentor (and hopefully learn more!) about any field in classical or quantum statistical physics and thermodynamics.

## THOMAS SCHUSTER

I'm a sixth-year PhD student working at the intersection of quantum information, condensed matter, and AMO physics, with a particular focus on topological phases and information scrambling. I'm happy to mentor on any topic related to many-body physics or quantum information!

## VINCENT SU

I’m a fifth year graduate student working in high energy theory. My interests are in the intersection of quantum computation, quantum information, and quantum gravity, but I’m open to teaching and/or learning about a wide variety of topics.

## NICK SHERMAN

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D student working in condensed matter theory. My research focuses on computational methods to study quantum dynamics in one-dimensional systems, and examining how hydrodynamics emerges from the underlying quantum systems. I have also studied anyons in two-dimensional systems, which are particles that are neither fermions nor bosons, and have the ability to perform quantum computations. My experience is mostly with numerical approaches to studying many-body physics, but I'm happy to mentor on any subject in condensed matter physics!

## AASHRITA MANGU

I'm a fifth year graduate student in physics and I work in experimental cosmology. In my research, I help build, characterize, and deploy telescopes in the Atacama Desert in Chile to study the early universe, particularly the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). If you're interested in any cosmological and astrophysical sciences or the technology that goes into building them, I'd be excited to learn more with you!

## PHILIPP KEMPSKI

I’m a 5th year grad student in the astronomy department. I work on astrophysical fluid dynamics and plasma physics, primarily in the context of galaxy evolution and accretion of gas onto black holes. I look forward to exploring any topic in theoretical astrophysics with interested students!

## MATTHEW TAO

I'm a second year physics PhD student interested mainly in plasma and AMO physics research. I also have interests in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer phenomena, and nonlinear dynamics (usually fun reading!). I'm happy to explore any reading topic though!

## NOAH SAILER

I'm a third-year PhD student studying cosmological theory and phenomenology. I'm particularly interested in using observations of large-scale structure (e.g. the cosmic microwave background, galaxy/21-cm clustering, gravitational lensing, etc.) to constrain (or measure!) the sum of the neutrino masses, the evolution of dark energy, and dark matter interactions. Please reach out if you'd like to explore anything related to cosmology!

## MATAN GRINBERG

I'm a first-year PhD student in physics. I am currently doing research in theoretical high-energy physics and in particular, quantum field theory, AdS/CFT, and quantum gravity.

## LEANDER HELD

My name is Leander, I am a first year PhD student in physics who is interested in experimental condensed matter physics and chemistry, though I have also done work in computational materials science. Specifically, I like to focus my energy on the design and analysis of exotic matter, as well as the understanding behind unconventional magnetism and superconductivity.

That being said, I love learning about new topics regardless of the field and look forward to

sharing my curiosity with you!

## JACK ROTH

Hi! I’m Jack, a second-year grad student in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. I’m primarily interested in using tabletop experimental methods to explore fundamental physics (in other words, exploring physics using experiments small enough to fit in a single lab!), but I enjoy learning about tangential subjects as well (i.e. precision spectroscopy, methods of quantum control, quantum computing and simulation, etc.)

## IVAN BURBANO

Hi! I am a second year PhD student in physics interested in mathematical/theoretical physics. My research is focused on exploring different aspects of the path integral that may provide a better understanding of quantum gravity. Some examples of possible topics I imagine mentoring are anything related to path integrals, geometric quantization, Chern-Simons theory, matrix models, perturbative algebraic QFT, topics in pure math (geometry, homological algebra, factorization algebras, …) …. I am excited to learn physics and math with you!

## CHITRAANG MURDIA

I am Chitraang "Chi" Murdia, a fourth-year grad student at BCTP. I work on Quantum Information and Quantum Gravity. Currently, I'm trying to learn more about string theory, but I am broadly interested in anything quantum or gravity (or both).

## MARY KATE PASHA

My name is Mary Kate and I am a first year PhD student working in experimental AMO. I am especially interested in quantum information science, but I am happy to branch out and learn more about any topic! I am looking forward to exploring some cool physics over the next semester!

## EMMA BERGER

Hi! I'm Emma and I'm a 3rd year PhD student doing condensed matter experiment. I do ultrafast optical and x-ray measurements to study strongly correlated materials, phase transitions, and topological defects in quantum materials where traditional 'band theory' of solids breaks down. I look forward to talking about any and all of condensed matter, ultrafast science, and related topics with you!

## KAI KLOCKE

I'm a second year physics PhD student interested primarily in condensed matter theory. I mainly study topological phases of matter and how to probe fractionalized excitations (particularly anyons in Kitaev spin liquids). I'm also interested in non-equilibrium dynamics in driven Rydberg gases. I would be happy to explore any of these topics (or something else in condensed matter or AMO) with you!