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30 years of Summer Student Program



This week the annual Summer Student Program started at GSI. During the next weeks 42 students from 18 countries from Europe and Asia will get the opportunity to experience the technologies used here. From 6th August until 27th September they will join different GSI research groups.

For 30 years now, the Summer Student Program gives undergraduates from all over the world the opportunity to get in touch and to learn about GSI facilities and technologies. Peter Hassenbach, administrative director of GSI, and Jörn Knoll, programme organizer, welcomed the participants at the GSI guesthouse. The Summer Student Program is organized by the graduate school HGS-HIRe (Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research) and GSI.

“It is great to get the opportunity to work in such a progressive country as Germany”, says Sofya Bareaeva from the Dubna International University of Nature, Society, and Man in Russia. She is one of the participants of this year's Summer Student Program. At GSI she will join a research group investigating structures of exotic nuclei. „Working here gives me a chance to learn about my own field of research as well as getting to know new technologies.“

During his eight-week stay, Efim Rozenbaum will also join one of the GSI research groups. At home he is working on hydrogen-like ions and their reaction in laser fields. Together with GSI researchers he will study atomic physics with highly charged ions. „It is important to perform experiments in order to understand the subject“, says the student of the Saint Petersburg State University. „I have come here to see how foreign physicists work.“

Sergiy Trotsenko is Efim Rozenbaum's tutor. He will guide Rozenbaum through his project: „The participants can experience how we work. This international cooperation is important. Perhaps, they will eventually become a part of one of our research groups at GSI or FAIR.“ 

Besides motivating the participants for their scientific projects, Peter Hassenbach invited the students to get to know to the city of Darmstadt and the surrounding area. The students are provided with bicycles to explore the region.

42 international students take part in this year's summer student program.
First scientific exchanges between tutors and students.
Foto: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung