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UCD School of Physics: International Particle Physics Masterclasses for Secondary Students

How would you like to get your hands on real LHC data and analyse it to find W & Z bosons, and look for evidence of the Higgs? UCD School of Physics is offering you the chance!

Each year about 8000 secondary school students in 31 countries worldwide come to one of 120 nearby universities or research centres for one day in order to unravel the mysteries of particle physics.

Following the resounding success of last year when students from 35 schools nationwide came to UCD for a day of hands-on-learning about particle physics, we invite you to apply for a place on our International Particle Physics Masterclass in 2014.

UCD School of Physics, will provide students with state-of-the-art computing facilities, specialised software, expert guidance and real data direct from the ATLAS experiment at CERN in order to allow them to study W and Z boson events by observing their decay products and apply this knowledge to search for the Higgs boson.

This activity is open to secondary school students with an interest in studying physics at University level. No advanced experience is required, though an interest in particle physics and the recent results from CERN is an advantage. This is an excellent oppurtunity for students who are considering entering a Physics focused third level education path.

The UCD School of Physics International Masterclass 2014 will be held on the 21st of March. The activities will start at 9:30am and finish at 4:00pm. The day will consist of practical lectures, hands-on data analysis, and an international video conference to compare your results live with students in other countries.  (If you can’t make it on the 21st March, similar activities will be running at Maynooth NUI and Trinity College Dublin.)

If you would like to participate at the UCD School of Physics Particle Physics Masterclass, please complete the application form. If you, your guardian or teacher have a question please email lenka.kertisova@ucd.ie with the subject line 'PARTICLE PHYSICS MASTERCLASS' or call 01 7162230.

Please be advised this event is free of charge. Please note that the masterclass is open to 5th and 6th year Leaving Certificate students, with a keen interest in Physics. Transition Year students are happily invited to apply but priority weighting will be given to students sitting the Leaving Certificate.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday, the 23rdof February, 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted in early March.