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Naperville North Alumna at CERN

Cari Cesarotti, an upcoming senior in physics at Cornell University, was selected as one of only 15 U.S. undergraduate students to research at CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

We caught up with her on Skype to learn about her experience.

“It’s really this amazing experience because you get to really live the life. You get very much thrown into it, you get to talk to people who are figuring out things at the same time. And for a lot of people I think it’s one of the first times you’re a part of the discovery process and not just being taught it,” said Cesarotti.

She’s been working on an experiment called NA62 conducting a dark matter search to better understand its properties.

My work in specific this summer is trying to find a signal of this dark matter, so find some sort of what that we can understand, we can look at our detector information and see what came out of the experiment and say ‘yep that’s dark matter,’ which is much easier said than done,” said Cesarotti.

Cari will be in Switzerland until mid-August before she heads back for her senior year at Cornell.

She also hopes to continue on to grad school to study physics phenomenology.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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