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What SUR Students Say!

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Marta Dafne Cabanero Navalon, University of Valencia, Spain

51 - copie-resize340x226-resize165x110-crop110x110.jpgI take profit to thank once again SUR programme this wonderful opportunity. It has been an amazing experience, in which I have learnt a lot, and has deeply increase my passion for science and research. Thanks for trusting me in the selection process and I hope some day you can feel proud of me and of the science seed you have grown on me.
And lastly, once again thank you Laurence for all your help and kindness. You are a great coordinator and you have taken care of us very nicely! For me it has been a pleasure knowing you and if you come one day to my city, I would be very happy to show it to you! (it is really beautiful!).



Liza Darrous, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Liza_picture-resize110x146-crop110x115.JPGIn Switzerland, I got the experience a place I'm glad I can now call my second home. With it's kind welcoming poeple and breathtaking cities and nature, I was able to grow as a person and make new friends from all around the world. The lab and my mentors aided me in my research journey with patient hands and wise lessons that have helped me gain valuable knowledge and confidence to shape my future in a research career. Without all your help, I wouldn't have gained so much from this wonderful experience. For that I sincerly thank you!


Mihaela Roxanan Huhu, University of mdeicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, RomaniaMihaela_Roxana_Huhu-crop650x691-resize110x116.jpg

I was a SUR UNIL student in 2015. I want to take the opportunity to thank you again for giving me the chance to do research at the highest standards.  This programme was a key-factor in deciding that I want to pursue a career in research.  It was such a rewarding experience!  I entered medical school because I was fascinated by the interactions between cells in the human body, by the complex connections and processes.  Medical school did not manage to fully fulfill my wish to understand it into more depth. After the SUR  UNIL programme, I had the revelation that research was that thing that was missing!!

Besides the scientific part, I also enjoyed the social part of the programme; I stayed in touch with some SUR students and we are even visiting each other.

Please extend my thanks and appreciation to the entire team that is organizing this wonderful programme and food luck with this new summer programme!


Marianne Clémence, University of Oxford, UK

M. Clemence.jpgI would like to let you know how much I enjoyed taking part in the SUR programme. I've really benefited from this experience and I feel a lot more confident about taking the next steps in research, as I start to think about graduate studies. What an amazing place to have done it as well; Switzerland is truly stunning, and it was great to share it with so many interesting people. Thank you so much for organising everything!

Ivan Mikičić, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Mikicic.jpgThank you Laurence, Richard, Marie-Paule, Winship and all the others for the wonderful organization of the summer school. I think this is a good opportunity.



Beatrice Tyrrell, University of Cambridge, UK

Beatrice _Tyrrel.jpgI would like to thank the entire leadership team of the SUR Programme and my host laboratory for making this wonderful opportunity available to me as a young scientist. I have never had such a productive and memorable summer as the one that I have just spent in Switzerland. The Programme enabled me to learn fundamental skills that I will continue to use in my research career, to meet and work with leading scientists, and to grow in both ability and confidence. Our beautiful surroundings really did make for a ‘beautiful summer’, and memories made with the Programme participants will stay with me forever

Kaisar Dauyey, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Dauyey.jpgSUR Programme is a rare and outstanding chance for any student to discover a whole new world of research. Reading about science is interesting, but doing science with your own hands feels much better. Of course, the programme was intellectually intense and challenging. But during these two months I've met so many intellectual and creative people and made friends from all over the Earth. I enjoyed research, life in Switzerland and travelling in Europe. Forget your troubles, and apply ! You won't regret it!

Savita Rani, Queen's University, Canada

Rani.jpgI wanted to thank you all for making possible this fantastic opportunity to experience scientific research in beautiful Switzerland. This has truly been an unforgettable summer thanks to all your hard work and the company of my fellow summer students. It was refreshing to be with like-minded peers from across the world and share both intellectual and travel experiences with them! I also greatly appreciated the chance to connect with esteemed professors in the fields of biology and medicine. Again, thank you so much for providing this unique opportunity, I wish all the best for all future SUR programmes. Also, if you are ever in Canada, please do let me know!

Usama Mukhtar, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Mukhtar.jpgThanks for an amazing summer.
These have been the memorable days of my life.



Yueying Wang, Shaanxi Normal University

Wang.jpgIt was the first time I went abroad to study and live, but it was one of the best choices I have ever made. I am quite lucky for choosing Swiss, Lausanne, UNIL and Benton's Lab. I really want to go back one day. Thank you all for your care and kindness.

Bhaskar Mitra, VIT University, India

Mitra.jpgThe SUR Programme was probably the turning point of my life. Normally its very difficult and competitive for Asian students to make it through, but those who make it can have an absolute heavenly exposure in the field of research and development. Today I got nominated for Commonwealth Scholarship 2013 by Government of UK and MHRD, India for getting accepted as a masters student in University of Glasgow and University of Leeds for 2013 -2014. I got a wholesome experience in Uta Pazskowski`s Lab of Plant Molecular Biology. Although it was new to me but I felt too energized to get myself into this position where I could learn value added knowledge and wisdom.

Wegdan Abdel Moemin, Kasr, el Ainy Medical School, Egypt

Moemin.jpgSo that I never ever forget this experience (yeah I still haven't recovered) I made a video talking about my experience. Hope you like it! (watch out, its over 25 mins long long!)

Link video

Chai Tiancong, Tianjin Universty, China, 2012

Tiancong.jpgThanks for organizing the programme. I really learned a lot in this two months and enjoyed the experiments, the food and the landscape very much. I highly recommend Cornelia Reimmann's lab. Your know my English is not good. She was very patient and direct me in person. Everyone around me was very kind. So I think anyone will benefit a lot in her lab.



Anna Nguyen, Loyola University, Maryland, USA

Nguyen.jpgWords cannot capture how thankful I am for having had the opportunity to participate in this programme. When I received the acceptance e-mail, I remember replying and saying it was a dream come true, but after these 8 weeks in Lausanne, I can sincerely say that the experience has exceeded any dream I could have ever imagined before! It has truly been a moving and motivating experience to attend the weekly seminars and to receive encouragement from such highly accomplished scientists who are so passionate about research and discovery. My time spent in the lab has also been nothing short of amazing as I was paired with an amazingly supportive mentor who guided me along the roller coaster ride of research.

And of course, I will never, ever forget the friends that I have made during my time in the SUR Programme. This summer has introduced me to such a loving group of talented scientists who come from all corners of this world. Over these two short months, I feel like I've been able to embrace so many cultures and develop a second family. The discoveries and friendships formed throughout this programme just go to show how positive, valuable, and essential cross-cultural communication is as we advance into the future.

I could go on forever about how much I've enjoyed my time with UNIL, but I would like to end this message by thanking you all for your hospitality: for welcoming me into your programme, Switzerland, and even your home (for an amazing barbecue, by the way!!). As cliche as it may sound, this summer has been a truly positive, life-shaping experience thanks to all your hard work. I wish every student could receive the type of support that I've had encountered in these past two months.Bye for now and keep in touch!

Connie Shi, University of Michigan, USA

Shi.jpgI had a really great two months here in Lausanne learning both inside and outside the lab. I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of the program this summer and had the opportunity to learn new techniques in a different area of research. If future SUR applicants ever have any questions about the program, I'd be happy to talk about the experience.

Luc Lebon, UNIL, Switzerland

Lebon.jpgWhat a pleasure to see the photos of the programme on the website of the School of Biology. Thank you very much. So many good memories of this absolutely amazing programme! I believe that all participants agree that it was the most beautiful summer of them all!



Kira Fischer, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Fischer.jpgAlthough I am learning exciting facts about cancer at university, I was sad to leave Lausanne. Now I have a feeling that is similar to homesickness, because it was the best summer I have ever had. During this ten weeks I learned more than during two years of studying. Moreover, I made a lot of new extraordinary friends. I am very grateful for this unique experience. Thanks to you and Winship I felt comfortable immediately. Thanks also for taking care of everything. You make staying in Lausanne very easy and unproblematic. Whenever the CIG could need some assistance in the lab, please let me know. I would be glad to come back!

Courtney JnBaptiste, Bethune-Cookman University, USA

JnBaptiste.jpgI really enjoyed the summer, thank you for all the efforts you put in to help make this experience possible. I hope that we can meet again either in St.Lucia or Switzerland!

Lieu Hai, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Hai.jpgAgain, I would like to thank you for your efforts to help us with a very great summer program. I hope to see you some day when I have chance to get back to Lausanne.

Ruichen Sun, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Sun.jpgIt was a wonderful experience for me to be able to participate in the SUR Programme. I have learnt a lot of new things through the program and in Benton's lab. I am planning to come back to CIG in February in Benton's lab, staying 5 more weeks here. Thank you for your hospitality and help of everything.





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