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Friends, BBQs and the Universe

By Joshua Beirer

As a physicist in my early career, I felt incredibly happy when I was informed last March that I was selected as a future participant of the highly selective and renowned Summer Student Programme at CERN. At that time, I already had worked within the ATLAS Collaboration for the scope of my Bachelor’s thesis, but I had never actually worked in situ.

The best of my CERN Summer Student's experience

By Gaia Grosso

My name is Gaia and I have joined the CMS collaboration for three months as Summer Student at CERN. I completed my Bachelor in Physics in 2017 at the University of Padua and I am now attending a Master in Physics at the same institution. I had a great opportunity to take part in research work related to the use of machine learning to develop new statistical tools for detecting signals in particle physics.

An Incredible Summer at CERN

by Kathryn Coldham

This summer, I had the extraordinary opportunity of being a CERN Summer Student. I was ecstatic when my CERN Summer School application had been accepted; I could not wait to contribute to cutting-edge research, attend the world-class Summer Student lectures, visit various CERN sites and meet people from around the world!

For the placement I worked alongside CERN intern Agustina Quesada, supervised by Dave Barney, EP-CMX group leader.  

The CMS detector is now wheelchair accessible

One of 2014’s important milestones at the CMS experimental site was the successful installation of a lift for providing wheelchair access to the deep-underground detector cavern.

The CMS experimental site, located in the French commune of Cessy, hosts one of CERN’s major scientific instruments and is a popular visit point.

“We estimate around 50,000 visitors will have been to the CMS experimental cavern during the current shutdown (December 2012 – March 2015),” says Austin Ball, CMS Technical Coordinator.

CMS open for Virtual Visits, from your school, science festival or exhibition centre

“Welcome to the CMS Experiment. We are 100 metres underground and I will now pass by the eye scanner to take you for a virtual tour and show you our massive scientific machine,” said CMS physicist, Abdollah Mohammadi, to 200 enthralled students sitting in the hall in the Sharif University of Technology in Iran last Tuesday.

Visit CMS through the Power of the Internet

Each year, CERN welcomes around 100,000 visitors onsite. Many of these visitors take a short trip from the laboratory's main site in Meyrin to the French commune of Cessy to see one of humankind's modern scientific marvels: the CMS detector. The 14000-tonne detector is located in a vast cavern around 100 metres (or about 30 storeys) underground, with an adjacent cavern housing several data-collection and power-distribution devices.

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