My name is Ky Putnam and I’m a first year graduate student at CU Boulder. My research interests fall within the realm of observational cosmology, though I am still exploring which avenue (data analysis, instrumentation, simulation) is right for me. I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in physics where I conducted research in theoretical nuclear physics, quantifying uncertainty in local chiral nuclear interactions under Rodrigo Navarro Pérez. As my senior thesis I explored optical metrics for classifying relaxed galaxy clusters as a continuation of an REU with the X-ray Astronomy and Observational Cosmology research group at Stanford University under Steve Allen.
Advisor: Jack Burns
2023 NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Thomas B. Day Award for Excellence in Physics, Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student, San Diego State University
Summa Cum Laude, San Diego State University