Pearl Sandick
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, College Of Science
  • Professor, Physics And Astronomy

Research Summary

Dark Matter, Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Particle Physics Phenomenology


  • BA, Mathematics, New York University
  • PhD, Physics, University of Minnesota


Pearl Sandick is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the College of Science at the University of Utah. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Theory Group at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Utah in 2011. Professor Sandick is a theoretical particle physicist studying physics beyond the Standard Model, including possible explanations for the dark matter in the Universe. In addition to her research, she’s passionate about teaching, mentoring, and science communication. She has given a TEDx talk, been interviewed on KCPW’s Cool Science Radio and NPR’s Science Friday.  She has been recognized for her teaching and mentoring work with a University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award, a University of Utah Distinguished Mentor Award, and the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women.  Sandick has also been recognized as a University of Utah Presidential Scholar.  Professor Sandick has recently served on the American Physical Society (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and as the Chair of the National Organizing Committee for the APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiPs), and chaired the APS Four Corners Section in 2021-2022.