There are many facets to the outreach program at the Soudan Underground Laboratory, currently host to the MINOS neutrino oscillation experiment and the Cryogenic Dark Matter experiment, plus a number of smaller experiments in the Low Background Counting Facility. The main focus is on twice daily public tours, operated in coordination with the Soudan Underground State Park and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who also operate undergound tours of the historical iron mining area. Another important component is the undergraduate interns and high school teachers who lead the tours. They also participate in the operation and/or analysis of the experiments hosted at the mine.
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Around the year 2000, a summer program led by interns began to be supported primarily through the University of Minnesota and through the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to universities involved in the MINOS experiment. Recently the outreach program’s main support has been formally consolidated into a single NSF grant, though opportunities and partnerships that provide other forms of support are important and enhance the activities at the lab.
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