by Virginia Greco. Published: 20 August 2018

Seven of the fifteen ALICE summer students. From left to right: Kaede Kamano, Sivahami Uthayakumaar, Daniel Noel, Thomas Honig, Zuzana Moravcova, Francesca Ercolessi, Gaëtan Breton. [Photo: Virginia Greco]


While most workplaces become quite empty during summer time, this is a very busy period for CERN, which is peacefully invaded by bunches of undergraduate and graduate students that profit from the University break to get some work experience on the field.

Since many decades, CERN organizes an official Summer Student Programme to allow future physicists, engineers and computer scientists from all over the world to receive a tailored training and be exposed to “real world” science activities. Their schedule is quite busy, filled up with classes, laboratories and experimental work.

The lectures cover an ample range of topics, spanning theoretical physics, accelerator and detector technology, electronics and computing. Visits to the accelerator and experimental areas are also included in the programme, as well as workshops and a poster session, in which the students present the project they are working on. They are also required to submit a short report on their activities at CERN at the end of their stay.

Fifteen summer students coming from all over the world joined the ALICE experiment this year. They arrived in June to spend eight to ten weeks at CERN and have been assigned to different supervisors. They have been selected on the basis of their background and interests, as well as on the availability of projects they could develop.

Get to know some of them in this video:

[Video: Virginia Greco]