Summer Student Program back again
After a two-year break due to the pandemic, 30 students from 16 countries came to GSI and FAIR this year for the Summer Student Program. They spent eight weeks on campus, learning about the experiments and research areas of GSI and FAIR and experiencing the daily work routine at an international accelerator laboratory.
Each year, the Summer Student Program offers a glimpse into research at a particle accelerator. “The program outgrew my expectations far and beyond” said Julia Świątkowska, participant from Warsaw, Poland, at the end of the eight weeks of program. “The people were amazing, my project and the extra activities were unbelievably interesting. Overall, the experience at GSI opened my mind to a whole new world of science."
All summer students worked on their own small scientific or technical project from ongoing research in a research group. The topics ranged from atomic physics and materials science to nuclear and astrophysics. Developments and tests of technical and experimental components for the FAIR accelerator facility, which is currently being built at GSI, and its future experiments were the main focus. “The program has been an incredible experience both in terms of what I have learnt and what I have experienced with people I will always consider my friends,“ said Pablo Garcia Gil from Vigo, Spain.
Many of the international students come back to Darmstadt after the Summer Student Program for a master or PhD thesis at GSI and FAIR. Already for the 40th time the Summer Student Program took place, which is organized in cooperation with the PhD school HGS-HIRe. In addition to scientific events, the program included a pedestrian rally, sports activities and self-organized ventures in the region. Accompanying lectures presented the broad research spectrum of GSI and FAIR and the scientific results achieved. (LW)