Doing a PhD can be fun and hard at the same time. You all experience ups and downs; you all occasionally experience problems which you then overcome. It's a learning process that is easier for some than for others. But everyone needs someone to talk to from time to time. Doing so, you might already have noticed that talking to a more experienced colleague can be especially useful and perhaps even comforting.
For this reason, a mentor/mentee project was launched in 2015. Mentees are starting PhD students, whereas mentors are more advanced PhD students (from 2nd year on). Mentors and mentees can talk about anything, from practical aspects to what it means to be a PhD student and professional goals. There are no rules, except for the fact that both need to be from two different research groups. Respect, confidentiality and professionalism are self-evident.
For academic year 2015-2016, the application procedure has been ended.
The further procedure will be as follows:
- The doctoral schools coordination team will make pairs of people, trying to pair up PhD students from the same doctoral school (as far as possible). People who already have a specific person in mind to serve as mentor or mentee can send us an e-mail.
- On January 11 (new date!), 10:00-12:30, there will be an informative workshop explaining the concept of mentoring and discussing aspects like the mentoring process, personal expectations, possible conversation topics, etc. The workshop will be organized for mentors and mentees intermixed. Attendance is not obligatory, but is considered very helpful as it can give some guidance to the later meetings. The location of this workshop will be communicated to the registered mentors and mentees in due time.
- All mentors and mentees will receive a lunch voucher, so they can plan their first meeting at one of the university restaurants.