I have left Openismus at the End of June as I will be doing a summer internship at Duke during the next three months for which I have received a DAAD scholarship. I will be heading to the States on July 13, and I'm not going to attend GCDS therefore (even though it wouldn't overlap, I don't feel comfortable with such few time inbetween. Plus I would miss even more University stuff here at Karlsruhe).
At Duke, I will be working with the HEPNeutrino group (supervised by Kate Scholberg) by taking part in simulation studies for next-generation Water Cherenkovneutrino detectors, with special regard to Supernova neutrinos. The goal is to choose detector design parameters so that we gain a maximum of information from the detector, for example about Neutrino oscillation. This will be the first time that I will actually take part in modern research, and actually be applying (some of) the stuff I have learned at University. After having finished the internship, I also hope to have gained insights into whether I want to write my Diploma thesis (starting in a bit more than a year, if everything goes well) in the field of theoretical or experimental (Particle) Physics.
I would like to thank everyone at Openismus. Earning money for working on Open Source Software is a great thing. This helped me a lot to afford my studies. At the end of october, there is a scholarship holder meeting in Berlin. I hope I can visit the Openismus Office then.