Cooper is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy. She received a B.A. (2014) in geophysics, B.A. (2014) in archaeology, and a minor in astrophysics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and a M.S. (2017) in physics from Cal State Los Angeles. Her current research focuses on the evolution galaxy clusters and the detection of cosmic rays from Antarctica. She is also a member of Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antartica, SCAR Antarctic Volcanism, and on the Council for the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), which are international collaborative research organizations. At KU, she is also in the colorguard section of the Marching Jayhawks.
Mentor: Gregory H. Rudnick, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy