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Teaching in the QuarkNet program

Helping Develop America's Technical Workforce

The University of New Mexico is the 48th member of QuarkNet!

QuarkNet is an educational program funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Its aim is to improve science education in high schools by establishing a nation-wide network through which high school science teachers gain experience conducting particle physics research side-by-side with university researchers. Teachers who have research experience often share that experience with students in a way that excites the students about science and gets them involved in classroom investigations of science. The program is administered by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab, near Chicago, Illinois).

QuarkNet at UNM

The University of New Mexico QuarkNet site is led by Sally Seidel and the physics teachers at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque. The physics teachers are working with their students to set up a cosmic ray detector on their campus.

Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Albuquerque's Teachers

This program is open to all Albuquerque-area high school and middle school teachers interested in gaining research experience.

Opportunities exist for teachers to conduct stipend-supported research at UNM during summers and to travel to Fermilab for training in data analysis.

Bringing Cutting Edge Research Opportunities to Albuquerque High School Students

Opportunities are open for high school students to visit research laboratories at UNM for research experiences.

Learn more about financial stipends and travel support for teachers. Teachers and students: please contact Sally Seidel for information about how to get involved.