by Iqra Ejaz. Published: 26 August 2012


Iqra Ejaz - CERN summer student from GIK Institue, Pakistan

God Particle found, ISS-AMS Astronauts visited. Could any summer be better than this one to be at CERN? Of course not! I was expecting my summer at CERN to be exciting, but it turned out to be a marvel.

I am from Pakistan, doing my undergraduate studies in Electronic Engineering at GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. The opportunity of being a CERN Summer Student is a great honour to me and I feel immense pride in representing my country and my institute at CERN Summer School’12.

Working at a place which gathers scientists and researchers from all over the world is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Talks of Nobel Laureates, the visits to the detectors, the workshops, the diverse lecture programme led by highly qualified instructors, the CERN Summer Programme has much more than this to offer us.


"CERN Summer Student Program has intensified my urge of getting equipped with the ever widening and ever developing field of research in the field of Electronics Engineering. It has increased my quest to work in the field of research. "

They say ‘imagine spending your summer with people you’ve only read about’. Summer studentship at CERN gave me this wondrous opportunity to make friends from all parts of the globe. I got to know of the cultures, the foods, and the music of various regions of the world. The fun-oriented activities arranged by the summer students have proved a great pursuit for me. This helped us exchange our interests and share our experiences with each other.


Presenting my ALICE project during Summer Students' Special session

As a summer student, I was affiliated with ALICE. My project was a part of ITS Upgrade titled as “Single Event Upset (SEU) Test in Tower Jazz 180 nm CMOS Imaging Sensor Technology”. My supervisors Luciano Musa and Costanza Cavicchioli were very cooperative and assisted me a lot through my difficulties working on it. Working on my work project with a talented team was a hands-on learning experience. It broadened my vision of research in Electronic Engineering. Yes! CERN doesn’t intrigue only the physicists. It has much to offer us, the engineers! The sensors, the readout chips, the control of detectors, it’s all fascinating electronics. And I feel groomed working in a multi-disciplinary environment like CERN. CERN Summer Student Program has intensified my urge of getting equipped with the ever widening and ever developing field of research in the field of Electronics Engineering. It has increased my quest to work in the field of research.


"The CERN experience has revealed to me new avenues of my interests and has encouraged me more than ever to do research in the field of Science and Engineering. And I look forward to motivating my friends in Pakistan to be a part of CERN."

During my stay at CERN, I have utilized my weekends in exploring Europe. I visited Paris, Bern, Interlaken, Barcelona, Munich, Pfander, Rome, Venice, Pisa and many other places. In a nutshell, I availed my eight weekends splendidly. I must admit Europe is worth-seeing with lots to offer, from scenic beauty to architectural sites.


Iqra Ejaz at poster session with other ALICE summer students

And here it comes, the last week at CERN. I leave this great place with loads of memories, thanking CERN for giving me this enriching personal experience. The CERN experience has revealed to me new avenues of my interests and has encouraged me more than ever to do research in the field of Science and Engineering. And I look forward to motivating my friends in Pakistan to be a part of CERN.

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