QUALIFICATION PROGRAM

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The Research Training Group (RTG) provides a broad education and numerous qualifying measures for the PhD students.

Major aims of the qualification program are:

– to improve graduate training by creating an active, motivating, excellent and international research environment
– to foster critical thinking and acting, creativity and personal responsibility
– to encourage graduates to develop own ideas, discuss them in an open forum and convert them into meaningful action
– to generate an open-minded international environment in which both the PhD students and the PIs can work together
  with tolerance and respect, in collaboration with people from different cultural backgrounds
– to guide graduate education by establishing a definitive and transparent program structure
– to advance graduate career opportunities in both the academic world and in industry

 

The elements of the qualification program are divided into compulsory and facultative tasks: 

 

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

Compulsory Tasks

 

RTG Seminar (monthly)

Presentation of scientific results

 

one presentation

one presentation

one presentation

 

Methodology seminar incl. discussion

and RTG colloquium

(8 times per year)

presented by visiting researchers

 

participation

participation

participation*

 

Mercator lecture

(once per year, 10-15 h)

by visiting researchers

 

active participation

active participation

active participation

 

Annual meeting

(once per year for several days)

 

 

active participation including flash presentation

active participation including poster presentation

active presentation including poster or oral presentation

Workshops

Good scientific conduct

Time and data management

 

 

Research stay abroad (UC, Berkeley)

 

Three-month-stay

Participation in the course „Ethics in Science and Engineering“ (4h/week)

 

 

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

Facultative Tasks (15 Credit Points (CP) must be reached)

 

Conference visit

National or international conference

 

 

Active participation by poster (2CP)

or oral presentation (3CP)

 

Article writing

 

 

 

1st author (or equally contributing 2nd author, if two groups collaborate) of an article in a peer-reviewed journal

(1.  Article: 5CP, 2. Article: 4CP, 3. Article: 3CP etc.)

 

Organization

 

One task

-       Organization of RTG seminar for one year (1CP)

-       Organization of methodology seminar and RTG colloquium for one year (2CP)

-       Organization of lecture series with a Mercator Fellow (1CP)

-       Organization of three-day-symposium within an organizing committee (2CP)

 

Workshop of the GSCB

(RUB Research School)

 

Presentation, Communication, Proposals or Writing (1CP)

 

Language, Career or Site visits (1CP)