“An unmissable opportunity” — GSI/FAIR Summer Student Program
33 students from 20 countries participated in this year’s Summer Student Program at GSI and FAIR. They spent eight weeks on campus, learning about experiments and research fields of GSI and FAIR and experiencing the atmosphere at an international accelerator laboratory.
Each year, the Summer Student Program offers a glimpse into research at an accelerator laboratory. "The experience at GSI is an unmissable opportunity to meet different perspectives on physics from different cultures, which means for us to deeply understand what our goals and expectations are," says Benedetto Spadavecchia from the University of Turin.
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 physics 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. “For me, it was the first time being in such a large facility and also the first summer program abroad, “ says Raluca-Andreea Miron from the University of Bucharest. “I enjoyed working on my project and meeting remarkable researchers here at GSI, who inspired me to continue to be curious about science. I am glad to share these two months in Germany with amazing people from all over the world, who have become my friends. The summer student program at GSI is an outstanding experience for every student in STEM.”
Many of the international students come back to Darmstadt after the Summer Student Program for a master or doctoral thesis at GSI and FAIR. Already for the 41st time the Summer Student Program took place, which is organized in cooperation with the graduate 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)