Graduate students sharpen their skills at CMS Data Analysis School

Graduate students convened for one week at Fermilab for the fifth annual CMS Data Analysis School, hosted by the LHC Physics Center. Photo: Reidar Hahn

As the LHC accelerator is cooling down in Geneva, Switzerland, for the upcoming 2015 run, students have been warming up for the analysis of the new data that will come out of the CMS experiment.

From Jan. 12-16, about 50 graduate students from across the United States came to Fermilab to attend the fifth annual CMS Data Analysis School, hosted by the LHC Physics Center. They were coached by 55 CMS experts in hands-on sessions.

School attendees came to learn particle physics data analysis techniques, strengthen their skills in analysis and interact with CMS scientists to learn more about conducting the experiment.

They will contribute to the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider when it turns on again in March after a two-year shutdown.