University of Wisconsin-Madison

The IceCube Masterclass

Your first day as a real researcher


The first edition of the IceCube Masterclass program will take place on May 21, 2014.

The IceCube Masterclass program, starting in 2014 at select locations around the world, invites our young students—our future scientists—to learn about particle astrophysics by doing real research.

IceCube is an amazing experiment. It is the largest detector ever built, is taking data in the harshest place on Earth, and has observed the highest energy neutrinos ever. Cool, right?



IceCube is a team. A few hundred scientists, with the help of engineers, drillers, IT experts and many other technical staff, have made this project possible. Will you join us?


Participate! You will analyze actual IceCube data: signals from tiny particles, called neutrinos, that have traveled through the Universe over astronomical distances, bringing us information about extreme objects such as black holes or gamma-ray bursts.


What is an IceCube masterclass?

  • An opportunity to get out of school and meet IceCube researchers
  • An opportunity to learn more about our Universe
  • An opportunity to work with international partners

You can participate in an IceCube masterclass if

  • You are a high school student interested in science, and
  • You live near one of the hosting IceCube research centers
    • Universität Mainz, Germany
    • University of Delaware in Newark, US
    • Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    • WIPAC at University of Wisconsin—Madison, US *
      * Madison's IceCube MasterClass is no longer accepting participants for 2014. Let us know if you are interested in learning about the 2015 edition.

The IceCube Masterclass program is inspired by the International Masterclasses program, started in 2005 by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group and supported in the USA by QuarkNet