Student Testimonials

“I was lucky to get a chance to participate in the Gentle program and do my internship at KIT-INE in Karlsruhe, Germany. The visit was a great chance for a master student to see a new environment and to work with the professionals whose articles you usually read from the journals. The internship has definitely boosted my motivation and improved my professional skills more than just working at my home university.”

— Valtteri Suorsa (University of Helsinki, Finland)

 

“I am extremely grateful for the unique opportunity that the European Commission has given to me. With the support of the GENTLE Student Research Experience (SRE) funding, I was able to extend my research experience in a renowned research institute such as the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK•CEN) and work on a topic of high interest to me. This experience has broadened my knowledge in corrosion related issues and got me acquainted with the needs of scientific research of high international standards.”

— Evangelia Charalampopoulou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

 

“My overall evaluation on this GENTLE- SRE at the JRC-ITU is very positive. Passing from the student life to this could cut some hours of sleep in the morning, but the experience is definitely worth and something nobody should let slip. The facilities are among the most advanced in the world and the staff members are always well prepared and helpful, resulting in the ideal environment for a young researcher willing carry on his project. Moreover, the multicultural nature of the structure of the European commission makes the whole setting even more stimulant and exciting. In conclusion, it is an experience I would suggest to everybody on both the academic and personal point of view, as I managed to develop a master thesis that would have surely been impossible elsewhere but I also have been learning something during every single day in the laboratories simply by working shoulder to shoulder with my experienced colleagues.”

— Emanuele de Bona (University of Trento, Italy)

 

“As a master student of Physical Chemistry at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, I benefitted of the GENTLE Student Research Experience (SRE) funding support. It allowed me to work for 8 months at JRC-ITU of Karlsruhe (Germany) as a trainee on the experimental characterisation of material forms potentially produced in nuclear power plant hypothetical severe accidents. I am very grateful for having this big opportunity for my life both scientific and personal. I feel I have built great experience in working in advanced laboratories, preparing presentations and posters, and participating to conferences and scientific courses. This first step in my scientific carrier allowed me to acquire fundamental knowledge and complete my M. Sc. thesis project. Most of all I had my first opportunity to work with international scientific research groups which is for me a big step in my carrier and personal life, too.”

— Sara Mastromarino (“La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy)

 

“I have completed my internship at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on 15th September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Volker Metz and Dr.Vanessa Montoya. I would like to give special thanks to GENTLE for providing the funding for my internship. I really appreciate your generous contribution to my education and the interest you have taken in supporting my goals and aspirations.”

— Sanjay Dubey (Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France)

 

“In the framework of my master thesis project related to the theoretical investigation of accelerator driven systems, with the support of a GENTLE SRE grant I spent four months at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and two weeks at SCK-CEN in Belgium. This internship did not only contribute to my professional knowledge, but also provided me with some unforgettable personal experience. During working hours, I had the opportunity to work with experts in the field of reactor physics, whereas in my free time I tried to communicate with local students from whom I have learned a lot of interesting facts about the unique features of their culture. Whenever it was possible I also travelled across the country to visit the most famous and relevant natural and architectural spectacles.”

— Lajos Nagy (BME Budapest University of Technology, Hungary)

 

“Going on an internship to the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has been one of the best times of my life. Being part of the academic and social community there was an amazing and unique experience. With the support of the GENTLE SRE funding, I was able to extend my previous theoretical knowledge with new practical researches. One of the best pieces of advice I could give a prospective GENTLE SRE student is that your time out there is precious, so use is wisely.”

— Tamás Varju (BME Budapest University of Technology, Hungary)

 

“I completed my internship at Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI). I loved and enjoyed every single minute of it! The experience has enriched me and helped me to grow, both personally and professionally. Special thanks to GENTLE for the support.”

— Emma Lopez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

 

“Thanks to the support of the GENTLE Student Research Experience (SRE) fundings, the six months I spent working at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represented one of the most powerful experience of my life. I had the chance for the first time to be in a brand new,fascinating and challenging environment. Being side by side with experienced and brilliant people offered me the unique opportunity to approach the research world with great enthusiasm and learning fast and new things every day, especially on the academic level but also on the personal one. Everybody should take the chance to live this experience and make the most out of it!”

— Chiara Corrà (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

 

“I was lucky to get a chance to participate in the scholarship program and to do my internship at the University of Tartu in Estonia. The visit was a great chance for a PhD student to see a new environment and to work with other scientists. The internship has definitely boosted my motivation and improved my professional skills more than just working at my home university. The collaboration work was helpful for both institutions and is expected to continue in the future.”

— Maria Horvath (University of Pannonia, Hungary)

 

“In the background of my PhD work, the GENTLE SRE project at the University of Tartu was a really useful extension to my research experience, providing both new knowledge and useful scientific results for my PhD thesis. Prior to this experience I hadn’t worked with gamma spectroscopy methods. I have gained valuable knowledge of how this kind of information is created and how to interpret radiological data.”

— Johannes Vind (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)