DHHS Physics Teacher Selected for CERN Switzerland Summer Program


DHHS Physics Teacher Alina Britchi was recently accepted into a prestigious teaching program over the summer in Switzerland to train at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which oversees the particle accelerator known as the Hadron Collider.  

CERN’s International Teacher Weeks Programme (ITW2023) is open to in-service science teachers around the world and is designed to support professional development in the field of particle physics and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between teachers of different nationalities. At this year’s summer program, Britchi will be one of 36 teachers attending, representing 26 different countries.

Britchi said it has been a dream of hers to attend this program and is thrilled to be accepted and attend this summer. This program will give her a chance to further explore her field and empower her to be a better teacher and science ambassador.  

“Elementary Particle Physics is part of our Uconn Early College Experience introductory course in Physics ,” she said. "By attending the ITW2023 programme I will be able to expand my knowledge by learning from the experts and by doing hands on activities in the field. This will further my knowledge and greatly benefit my students and my teaching, as I bring this exciting experience back to the classroom.”

The Hand Science Department recently recognized her accomplishment at a department meeting.

Alina Britchi



CERN logo