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Colfax students attend Nobel Conference

Nine Colfax High School students, along with science teacher Mark Mosey, had the opportunity to attend Nobel Conference 49, held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN recently. Students included Matt Shaw, Hunter Lieffort, Zach Meyer, Katy Toycen, Equality Wilson, Schyler Manning, Katie Snyder, Allie Yingst and Heidi Lieffort.

Snyder explained what the group heard and learned about during the conference.

“We were able to hear three distinguished scientists speak,” she said. “Frank Wilczec lectured on geometry and how it is involved in everything in our universe. Tara Shears spoke on subatomic particles which she learns about through her research at CERN, which is a very large proton collider in Switzerland. And Alex Filipenko spoke on galaxies and the universe on a larger scale. After each of the lectures, a panel of scientists questioned each other and discussed the topics of each one.”

Snyder believes it was a worth while experience for herself and the other students.

“I was so glad to be a part of this experience,” she said. “Not only did I learn a lot but I was also inspired to continue in my pursuit of a career in the science field. We had a great group that traveled to the conference and I know they enjoyed it as much as I did. I hope I can attend another conference in the future,” she added.