Physics in and Through Cosmology

2023 Workshop

June 20 - June 30

The Physics Division will host its seventeenth “Physics in and Through Cosmology” workshop for high school physics teachers and students .   Tuesday June 20- Friday June23 and Monday June 26- Friday June 30 from 10 am – 1 pm. This summer the workshop will be conducted remotely with , teachers & presenters on zoom.  The workshop is designed to create a vibrant learning community that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion for Physics teachers and highly motivated high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Teachers and students together, will experience an intense overview of cutting-edge research in particle physics and cosmology, with presentations from Berkeley Lab scientists and postdocs. Topics last year included the Higgs boson and other research with the ATLAS experiment at CERN, neutrino physics, the search for dark matter, mapping the universe, measuring dark energy with supernovae, and machine learning.   Students form small groups and interview a lab scientist about the work they are doing, and they present  a short video or power point about the scientist’s research.  A highlight of the last workshop included a discussion with Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter . The workshop was in part supported by QuarkNet and organized by Tony Spadafora of the Physics Division and Laurie Kerrigan of Lick-Wilmerding  High School in San Francisco.  There is no cost to teachers or students. 

Students & teachers contact lakerrigan@lbl.gov for an application.   Or students can go directly to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdv52_ihs3Zkhx3rPi6-rYzLqOXmuRxD2JPumdNLaj-9GPNrA/viewform?usp=sf_link