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Quarknet Summer Program on Particle Physics and Cosmology for High School Students

12 Feb 2019 7:09 PM | Anonymous


The Physics Department of Rutgers University is currently accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 9th Annual Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology. In this program, students will learn about the most important fundamental open questions being addressed in physics today. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in fundamental particle physics by analyzing actual data from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland using the analysis tools used by research physicists.  In addition, students will get hands-on experience at collecting cosmic ray data and designing and carrying out their own cosmic ray experiments using particle detectors. Participating students will be expected to prepare and give a presentation with a group of fellow students at the conclusion of the program.

Graduates from previous years have highly praised the program and have found it to be of great help in deciding on areas of study in college.  Participation in this program also helps to demonstrate a strong interest in science when applying for college admission.

The program will consist of engaging activities, fun demonstrations, interesting guest lecturers, tours of different labs at Rutgers, one special trip, and opportunities to work with other highly motivated students from around New Jersey. 

The program will require students to spend about 20 hours on pre-workshop preparation using materials and activities that will be provided.

The program will meet weekdays (Monday through Friday) for two weeks at Rutgers University, Piscataway Campus, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day from Monday, July 8, 2018 to Friday, July 19, 2018. 

This program is sponsored by QuarkNet, an organized outreach program of the US high energy physics community, supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Office of High Energy Physics, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.  The program is also supported by the Physics Department of Rutgers University.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2019

The program is free for the students.

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