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2020 Dark Matter Masterclass

This Saturday's masterclass is cancelled. We will attempt to reschedule the event once UNF has returned to regular face-to-face operations.

What is it?

Masterclasses are international events which provide an opportunity for high-school students to experience first-hand data analysis. The Dark Matter Masterclass is a one-day event where high school and college students can learn about the latest theories and discoveries about dark matter, and what it means to be a scientist. The event will be hosted at UNF's Science Building (50) in room 1102 on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 ("π day").

The topic and objectives

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The topic of the masterclass will be Dark Matter. We know that the majority of the mass in our universe is something different from the "normal" matter we interact with in our lives. Astronomers call it "dark matter" because it does not create light like normal matter. How to explain dark matter is one of the great outstanding questions in science. During the masterclass students will learn about existing theories to explain dark matter, and the experiments that constrain our ideas of what is possible.


Tentative Schedule

9:30 -10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00 -10:15 Welcome

10:15-10:45 What is dark matter? - Chris Kelso (UNF)

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:45 Current State of Dark Matter Theory and Experiments - Pearl Sandick (Utah)

11:45 - 13:15 Lunch and Tours

13:15 - 15:30 Hands on experiments in small groups

15:30 - 16:00 Share results. Wrap-up

Who can apply and how to register?

The event is intended for interested high-school and college students.


High school students: To register, please have your teacher, parent or guardian complete this registration form


College students over the age of 18 can complete this registration form.


Please note that the number of places is limited, attendance will be on a first come first served base. You will receive a registration confirmation a few days after registering.


Registration deadline:  Wednesday, March 11, 2019