Skip to main content

Sumeet Kulkarni


I'm a PhD student at the University of Mississippi and an aspiring science writer. As an astrophysicist working for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), I am keen on listening to, rather observing the universe. When the densest objects in the universe such as black holes and neutron stars collide in pairs, they emit tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves. LIGO detects these waves which are in the same frequencies as audible sound waves, and provide us with a wealth of information about the nature and structure of coalescing neutron stars and black holes.

Throughout graduate school, I have been passionate about increasing the public engagement of science through various media. I love showcasing simple physics demos for schoolkids at the LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston, Louisiana, as well as outreach events such as the University of Mississippi physics department's annual Halloween Spooky Physics Night. I co-host a science cafe for the local community in Oxford, MS, and produce a podcast called ""Ssippin' Science"" to broadcast our cafe talks to a broader audience. I have also been a proud member of graduate-student driven scicomm communities such as ComSciCon (I co-organized Comscicon-Atlanta, the southeastern USA chapter in 2021), and the Astrobites collaboration.

As a writer,  I love covering broad areas of science, and over the past two years I have reported discoveries in fields ranging from Astrophysics to Zoology in outlets like Scientific American, Astrobites, the LIGO Magazine, India Bioscience, and The Wire.  This summer, I am thrilled to extend my science writing journey to the west coast and work as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.


Brown, south-asian man in mid-twenties wearing glasses and with curly hair, drinking coffee out of a mug

The University of Mississippi

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: The Los Angeles Times