ERIP Students’ blog

Switzerland, the Swiss, and Swiss Engineering


Hi there, my name is Jonathan, originally from Indonesia but I am an undergraduate in Singapore. As a student, my scientific interest lies in the field of metallurgy. While my home university has an excellent materials department, there is little focus on metallurgical sciences. When the opportunity to apply for ERIP came across, I was (…)

A Summer of Learning


I almost didn’t apply to EPFL’s Excellence Research Internship Program (ERIP). In my mind, working abroad in a laboratory in Switzerland for a summer was a distant dream. But with encouragement from my family, I applied despite my doubts. Looking back, I’m glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone as this past summer at (…)

A transformative journey


August 6, 2022. 18:48. Air Canada flight AC421 arrives at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Descending from the plane, I set foot on Canadian soil for the first time in over three months. Same me, but with some notable differences. Looking back, it’s easy to see how my experience this summer could be described as “life-changing.” (…)

A Swiss dream


Spending the 2022 summer at EPFL was by far one of the most exciting experiences of my entire undergraduate career. I came across EPFL’s ERIP program and in particular the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurement (LPQM) through an advertisement on a website at my home university. I looked through some papers of the PI (…)

Conquering Topographies and Unravelling Demographies


I knew that after not being able to travel for the past two years due to the pandemic, I wanted to maximize my three months in Switzerland. As a result, I was determined to travel somewhere new every weekend and I am glad to say that after several weekends of early mornings (and a few (…)

And it was just the beginning…


Throughout the summer, I conducted cancer research at the Hanahan Laboratory of Translational Oncology in the Agora Translational Cancer Research Center in Lausanne. Upon my arrival, I spent several days immersing myself in the literature to get up to speed on my project, which was a subpart of an ongoing project in the lab. Soon, (…)

There is a first for everything


This internship was a series of firsts for me. It was my first undergraduate internship, my first time in Europe, and my first time working and living overseas by myself in my own place. First time taking on a full-time research project outside of my usual coursework too. My research interests are in applications of (…)

Shining a light on my research internship experience at EPFL


After a long time spent at home, and previous planned internships cancelled due to the pandemic, I was overjoyed to be able to come to EPFL to carry out a summer project in prof. Severin’s lab –  the Laboratory of Supramolecular Chemistry. My project was focused on conjugating a fluorescent molecule to a range of (…)

Summer in Switzerland: one for the books


My stay in Switzerland this summer was truly unforgettable, especially after a year of remote learning and travel restrictions. I worked with Professor Athanasios Nenes in the Laboratory of Atmospheric Processes and their Impacts (LAPI), and my project focused on how aerosol acidity and macronutrient deposition affect plant growth and ecosystem health. Throughout my internship, (…)

Lausanne – A place to be!


Hi reader! This summer I got the chance to work in the High Energy Physics Laboratory (LPHE) at EPFL, under the supervision of Prof. Lesya Shchutska. Coming to Switzerland, I expected to obtain a very valuable research experience, this internship however gave me much more. At LPHE, I worked on the geometry implementation and digitization (…)