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Available Expert - High School students explore the topics of galaxies and dark matter

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Queen’s University PhD Candidate, Particle Astrophysics Research Group, Benjamin Tam is available to talk about a national outreach event happening virtually this weekend in Kingston.

 Hundreds of high school students from across Canada are expected to attend the two-day online session about astrophysics, a branch of space science, on February 20-21, from 1-4pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to seek scientific and career advice from Canadian’s leading astronomers and undergraduate researchers. Students who complete the workshop will be granted a certificate awarded from Queen's University and the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, indicating their advanced scientific experience.

 “We hope the event will show that science is fun and isn’t as hard as is often portrayed,” says Tam. “The students will interact closely with volunteer scientists that are diverse in both career stage and backgrounds. They will use data from real space observatories to perform cutting edge science. We want to normalize the idea that anybody can be a scientist.”

The event is jointly run by the Innovation, Diversity, Exploration and Advancement in Science (IDEAS) initiative led by graduate students within  the Department of Physics at Queen’s, which aims to promote STEM in underrepresented groups.  They have partnered with "Let's Talk Science,, a national group with similar goals. 

 Although the symposium caters to students in grades 11 and 12, anyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Register here.



To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown ( 343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  


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