Rochester QuarkNet/CMS Masterclass 2017 Report

On April 7, 2017, the University of Rochester Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted a CMS masterclass that was attended by approximately 40 high-school students from Canandaigua and Gates-Chilli, NY. The host was Prof. Garcia-Bellido who gave an introductory talk on particle physics, the LHC, CMS, and the masterclass objectives of identifying events originating from W, Z, or Higgs boson production. The students spent around an hour and a half analyzing the events, and then a video conference was held with Fermilab, the Quarknet mentors, and another highschool in Virginia, with a discussion about general physics questions and the result of each of the groups. While at the University, the students also toured several labs for Optics, Condensed Matter and Astronomy.