Kathryn K.S. Miknaitis
University of Washington
"For her dissertation describing a search for change in the flavor composition of neutrinos that traverse the earth by means of analysis of salt-phase data from the SUdbury Neutrino Observatory to identify day-night variations in the rate of neutrino interactions."Background:
Kathryn Miknaitis received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Bard College in 1998. She pursued her doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she worked with the Electroweak Interactions Group under professor John Wilkerson. As a graduate student, she participated in solar neutrino research as part of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory collaboration. She obtained her PhD in 2005, based on data from the second phase of the SNO experiment. After graduating, she joined the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago as a Kavli Fellow. She is currently working on the South Pole Telescope project, a new 10-meter telescope at the NSF South Pole Station that is designed for studying the Cosmic Microwave Background at fine angular scales.