Summer swarm of students seeks science at CERN

The summer students from non Member States benefit from a 2 months training programme thanks to the CERN & Society foundation and its donors. (Image: Noemi Caraban/CERN)

Summer is upon us, and while many are preparing for their holidays, at CERN this is the busiest time of the year.

From June until August, the CERN campus will be swarming with summer students from all over the world, keen to spend this season of rest learning and working alongside scientists and fellow students. Most of them had arrived by the end of June and will spend eight to ten weeks going from lectures to workshops and getting hands-on experience with physics, computing and engineering. This year, 62 students will benefit from this unique learning opportunity thanks to a long list of generous CERN & Society donors including the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council, a US-based private foundation and the Julius Baer bank.

CERN & Society’s work does not end here. A remarkable donation by Strangeworks has made possible an exciting internship programme in entrepreneurship, taking place for the first time this year. The CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme will welcome its first interns in August. For five weeks, ten master’s-level students will delve into the world of innovation as well as technology and knowledge transfer, all fields of CERN excellence, guided by CERN experts.

In September, we will welcome the 2018 winners of the CERN Beamline for Schools competition. Two high-school teams, from India and the Philippines, will transform their scientific experiments and ideas into reality. These teams were selected from among the 195 that participated in the competition this year, representing a total of 1535 students getting engaged with science. This year’s competition was made possible thanks to a donation by the Arconic Foundation, with additional contributions from the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Amgen Inc., as well as from the Ernest Solvay Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.

We look forward to welcoming all of them to CERN! They are the future of science and we are grateful to our partners for making all this possible.

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