Ashhad Azam: working with GEMs

by Ashhad Azam. Published: 15 August 2014

I am Ashhad, a student of Physics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. I like travelling, reading books, watching movies, playing cricket and of course eating lots of food (especially if it is free). I am more of a quiet guy who likes to spend time with his family and just a bunch of friends. Given my financial background, every good thing seemed far off during my school years. In fact I could never think of attending LUMS, one of the most prestigious universities of Pakistan not to mention coming to CERN.

William Bergan: working with ALICE TOF

by William Bergan. Published: 15 August 2014

My name is William Bergan and I am an undergraduate studying physics at the College of William and Mary in the US. I had heard about the CERN summer student programme while talking with friends at college and looking through lists of summer physics programmes and decided to apply. I had selected ALICE as one of my preferred experiments because most of my previous experience had been on a neutrino physics experiment (MINERvA) and I wanted to try something new. I had heard a bit about the quark-gluon plasma and wanted to learn more.

CERN: a new homeplace for Mohamad Tahawi

by Mohamad Tahawi. Published: 15 August 2014

A couple of years ago, I couldn't imagine that one day I would be at CERN. It all started in the end of 2013. I met a former CERN summer student through an online course we were taking together. During our studying sessions we used to have breaks and talk about different things. At some point she mentioned that she was studying high energy physics and I surprised her with tons of questions.

Nada Ezzelarab

by Nada Ezzelarab. Published: 15 August 2014

I discovered my interest in nuclear physics and high-energy particle physics during my studies at my university. I became familiar with CERN's activities and applied to join the Egyptian Center for Theoretical Physics (ECTP), which is part of the ALICE collaboration. I started working to earn the master's degree in this field. Therefore being accepted to CERN's summer students programme was a great step to improve my skills

My project is mainly about light flavours. I used tools such as C++, Root, Pythia8 and AliRoot to extract the physics from the data.

Stefano Calleja: a passion for embedded systems

by Stefano Calleja. Published: 15 August 2014

Whilst following my now completed B.Sc. (Hons) in Microelectronics and Embedded Systems at the University of Malta a couple of years ago, I was made aware of the CERN Summer Student Programme through some friends of mine. After hearing about their great experience, I felt it would indeed be a special opportunity to apply for. Being accepted was, beyond any doubt, the start of a truly enriching journey.

Usman Amin Fiaz: working on readout electronics for HMPID

by Usman Amin Fiaz. Published: 18 August 2014

I am Usman Amin Fiaz, an undergraduate student of Electrical Engineering (final year) at Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, Pakistan. My dream of visiting CERN started back in 2012, following the discovery of the Higgs boson. Then I read more about the largest particle accelerator facility in the world and the finest place for people to work. Last year I had the chance to interact with people from CERN but I wasn't able to come and work in such a wonderful environment for research and innovation.

CERN Summer Studentship - First Step into Research

by Matthias Gazzari. Published: 18 August 2014

The first time I heard of CERN was during my school time when I was participating in the Saturday Morning Physics lectures at the university of Mainz. During these lectures I got a first tiny glimpse of what particle physics and CERN are all about. Visiting CERN in the course of this programme and later on in a private capacity, I realized more and more that I wanted to join CERN in the process of discovering the unknown and pushing the frontiers of science and technology.