Opportunities for QuarkNet Teachers

QuarkNet teachers develop professionally through special activities and by leading students in authentic scientific investigations. Here are some of the opportunities available:


A QuarkNet center begins with two lead teachers who hold paid seven-week summer research internships. The next year, these teachers help their mentors design and facilitate a 2-3 week research-like experience for a group of around eight associate teachers who join the center. In subsequent years, centers may propose summer research projects for a teacher to lead a small team of high school students under the supervision of the mentor.

Researcher @ Fermilab

Researcher @ Fermilab

Data Camp

Each summer at Fermilab, 24 teachers attend an in-depth week of activities focused around analysis of authentic particle physics experimental data. Teachers start with analysis of large datasets from the CMS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider and go on to try out classroom activities that support student analysis of the data. Teaching and Learning fellows facilitate Data Camp helping teachers bring activities from the Data Portfolio to their classrooms. 

Data Camp Teachers taking elevator down to MINOS cavern @ Fermilab 2015

Data Camp Participants in front of bubble chamber @ Fermilab 2017


QuarkNet fellows and staff offer workshops at QuarkNet center meetings upon request. These popular workshops help teachers learn by exploring investigations they can bring to their classrooms. 

  • In Cosmic Ray e-Lab workshops, teachers assemble a cosmic ray detector and use it with the e-Lab to collect, upload and analyze data. Teachers and their students can collaborate on cosmic ray studies worldwide. 
  • In CMS e-Lab workshops, teachers use the e-Lab, learning to guide their students through long-term investigations with mutli-facted analyses of large amounts of authentic data from the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.
  • In LIGO e-Lab workshops, teachers try out the e-Lab, learning to guide their students through long-term investigations with mutli-facted analyses of large amounts of seismic data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory.  
  • In LHC Data workshops, teachers work with student activities in the Data Portfolio. These activities of increasing sophistication culminate in the ATLAS or CMS masterclass and explorations beyond.

Teachers in Q&A session with COStateU faculty member Norm Buchanan 2017

KS teachers set up table-top interferometer 2016


Fellows are teachers selected to help lead QuarkNet by facilitating workshops, developing activities, and advising staff. There are four fellows groups.

  • Cosmic Ray fellows help manage the cosmic ray program, provide assistance to teachers and students seeking help in using detectors or the Cosmic Ray e-Lab, and facilitate Cosmic Ray e-Lab workshops.
  • Leadership fellows extend the reach of the staff in working with QuarkNet centers. They help to strengthen centers and provide teachers and mentors another pathway to stay in contact with the program.
  • LHC fellows help manage, develop, and orient users for International Masterclasses as well as facilitate LHC Data, CMS e-Lab, and LIGO e-Lab workshops. 
  • Teaching and Learning fellows organize and facilitate Data Camp and are responsible for the maintenance and development of the Data Portfolio.

QuarkNet fellows meeting 2016

QuarkNet fellows meeting 2017