Phipps Lands Internship in Germany


Toller Phipps, Heights High School, 2022, has been selected to participate in the DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship program for the summer of 2024 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

DAAD RISE is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Each year, PhD students and research groups from German universities or institutes apply to be part of this program. Once accepted, they create a description of their research, including what type of major or experience they are looking for in an applicant, and upload it to an application portal. The portal allows North American, British, and Irish university students to apply to the research programs. The applicants can apply for up to three research programs that fit their major. The PhD students then rank the applicants, and the German government matches applicants to research groups.

Toller is one of 375 chosen applicants out of 2,400 and will be completing research on GaN transistors on printed circuit boards at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, working directly with the P3E (Power Electronics, Electronics, and EMC) research group on campus.

The program focuses on academic research and encourages students to immerse themselves in German and European culture. Toller will be able to explore and experience the culture and traditions while pursuing his research interests.
Toller told us, “This experience is not just about enhancing my academic knowledge; it’s also about broadening my horizons and immersing myself in a global community.”

Congratulations, Toller!