This past summer, the department sponsored one of our Engineering Physics students, Claire Floras, to travel to Germany for the summer. Here is her experience in her own words.

This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to spend four months in Germany on a scholarship as a research intern. I worked at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) where I researched Lithium-Ion batteries for electric vehicles. My work mainly focused on characterizing the ageing and failure mechanisms of commercial cells and gave me valuable insight into the emerging field of battery research.

While living in southern Germany I also had the opportunity to become fully immersed in German culture. I took language classes, made friends with other German and international students, and took every opportunity to travel in the surrounding areas and in Europe. I learned so much from my time living and working abroad, and I am very grateful to have had this opportunity.

— Claire Floras          

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Claire Floras in Germany during a summer trip sponsored by the Department of Physics at Queen's University

Claire Floras in one of her trips exploring the surrounding areas and Europe.

A light microscope in an Argon-filled glovebox which Claire Floras worked with during her summer trip to Germany.

A light microscope in an Argon-filled glovebox which Claire worked on during the summer.