Summer students
Group photos and portraits of Summer Students 2019 (Image: CERN)


The Non-Member State Summer Student Programme represents a unique opportunity for students from around the world to spend their summer getting involved in some of the world’s biggest scientific experiments at CERN in Geneva.

For 8 weeks, summer students gather on-site at CERN and participate in the day-to-day work of research teams under the guidance of CERN staff. The Programme targets advanced undergraduate and early stage graduate students of physics, computing and engineering - particularly from developing countries. Participating students receive scientific training, attend lectures and work on laboratory-based projects alongside CERN experts and fellow students.

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Get to know our STUDENTS


Bougatf Nidhal


Computer scientist from Tunisia, Bougatf never expected his summer to be this good! Thanks to the scholarship he was able to work at CERN during the summer and get invaluable training in his field. In his words, “This experience has made me dream bigger on a professional and personal level”. Bougatf is also a professional handball player.


Manar Amer


Born in Palestine, Manar is a young particle physics student with the dream to obtain a doctorate degree in accelerator physics. “I want to take the knowledge I acquired here back home, for the benefit of my country”. While at CERN she also became much more daring and tried paragliding for the first time. Quite an inspiring role model for her 5 siblings!


Juan Carlos Badilla


Juan is a Physics bachelor’s student from Costa Rica. He waited three years to be eligible to become a Summer Student at CERN, and when he was finally selected, he could not believe his luck. Juan especially liked being in the middle of a true melting pot, as he built close relationships with many students from all over the world. His favourite animal is the tapir


Gulfairuz Serikbayeva


Gulf has a passion for nuclear medicine, and at CERN she had the opportunity to work closely with medical applications. She wants to be a pioneer of this field back home, in Kazakhstan, proving that a girl can also be a successful physicist. Gulf recently discovered coding and at CERN she participated in her very first hackathon.