Olivia Seidel

Ph.D. Student
The University of Texas at Arlington

Maharishi International University, BS in Physics

I am a graduate student at the University of Texas At Arlington. Before I joined UTA, I worked as an undergraduate researcher on a NASA Ames/CU Boulder project called DAPPER. There, I helped develop a satellite that will be sent to the moon to study 21cm cosmology from the Dark Ages. I also received a CERN REU internship as an undergrad. My graduate work is in particle physics, where I enjoy doing research at the cutting edge of science. My research group is focused on studying the neutrino through developing novel particle detection experiments, in particular, an experiment called DUNE. Neutrinos could hold the answers to fundamental questions like, “Why does matter exist?”, and “How are Black Holes formed?”. Seeking the answers to these questions drives me to learn and contribute more to physics. Coming from a first generation/low income background, I am also passionate about helping others navigate their way through early career development.

Get to know Olivia Seidel

What are you most proud of in your work or life?

Opportunities where I have been able to help others or the world around me leave me feeling the most proud in life. In my work, I am proud of any small contributions I can make towards understanding fundamental questions about nature.

What are your passions and hobbies?

Reading, hiking, dancing, rock climbing, and trying new things

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

“Failure is the only opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”