By Matthew Wilkinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be one of just 7 students selected from a field of almost 350 applicants worldwide to be part of the first cohort of ESO Summer Research Students. This new program provides the opportunity for students who have yet to commence a PhD to spend 6 weeks in the European summer working alongside ESO astronomers on a research project at their headquarters in Garching, Germany.
Mike Ireland is the Australian representative on the ESO Science Technical Committee. He can be reached at email@example.com