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104 Davey Laboratory, Box 68
Pennsylvania State university
University Park, PA 16802
Email: cody [ DOT ] messick [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu


  1. University of Washington: Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Physics with Honors in Physics + Minor in Mathematics


  1. Born in Vancouver, WA (not Canada).
  2. Started college wanting to major in theatre acting.
  3. Attended Clark Community College, where I took my first physics class.
  4. Transferred to University of Washington in Seattle to complete a Bachelor's degree.
  5. Tutored math (Calculus, Linear Algebra, and everything below) at Clark for six months, then tutored all levels of physics at University of Washington for two year, and currently tutor physics privately at Penn State.
  6. Started PhD work at Penn State in summer of 2013.
  7. Joined AMON July, 2013 
  8. Joined Penn State LIGO Group May, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Jan 2016 - Mar 2016: LIGO Visiting Scientist
  • Nov 2015: David C. Duncan Graduate Fellowship in Physics
  • Nov 2014: David C. Duncan Graduate Fellowship in Physics
  • August 2013 - May 2014: Verne M. Willaman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Science
  • June 2013: Graduation from University of Washington with Honors in Physics

Selected Publications

  • Abbott, B. P., et al. "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger." Physical Review Letters 116.6 (2016): 061102.
  • Abbott, B. P., et al. "GW150914: First results from the search for binary black hole coalescence with Advanced LIGO." Physical Review D 93.12 (2016): 122003.
  • Abbott, B. P., et al. "GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence" Physical Review Letters 116.24 (2016): 241103.

See more at my Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests

  • Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
  • Compact Binary Systems
  • Multimessenger Astrophysics
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