The Astro-Particle Theory Group at the University of South Dakota studies the universe at the most fundamental level. The existence of dark matter and neutrino masses indicate that we need to revise the main framework we have for understanding fundamental particles: The Standard Model of particle physics. This situation is ripe for theoretical and experimental progress.
Our research team is interested in formulating and predicting new physics models, as well as utilizing experimental and observational sensitivity to test these. In addition to post-doctoral and graduate work, we are also looking for undergraduate involvement. For example, the creation of new computational tools, data analysis, and analytic parameter estimation for dark matter and neutrino phenomenology are all extremely useful contributions that can be done without advanced graduate course work.