PhD stories

‘I truly discovered myself during my PhD’

Students or researchers? PhD and PDEng candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put young academics of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Fardad Maghsoudi Moud from the Applied Earth Sciences department at ITC.

News

‘All PhDs should be considered one community’

The University Council (UC) is concerned about PhD candidates who are not employed by the UT. During today’s meeting in Horst, the Council advised the Executive Board to clearly define the status and the rights of these ‘scholarship-PhD’s’. ‘We want to provide proper support mechanism and treat them equally.’

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Getting to the bottom of it

PhD candidate Lieke Lokin does not have to wander far from the office to find out how the subject of her research manifests itself in the outside world. They can even be found in the babbling brooks on campus: river dunes. She tries to get to the bottom of what goes on under the surface of rivers.

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(Tot op) de bodem uitzoeken

Ver hoeft promovenda Lieke Lokin niet te struinen van kantoor naar de plek waar de onderwerpen van haar onderzoek zich in de buitenwereld manifesteren. Zelfs in de kabbelende campusbeekjes zijn ze te vinden: rivierduinen. Wat er zich onder het oppervlak van rivieren afspeelt, dat probeert ze tot op de bodem uit te zoeken.

PhD stories

‘PhD is about knowing how to handle failures’

Students or researchers? PhD candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put the PhDs of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Shreyas Harsha, a young scientist at the Photocatalytic Synthesis group.

Science

‘Personal branding is a journey, not a destination’

While coaching top managers, Stefan Scheidt realized that executives needed better personal branding – and so he decided to start a PhD research on the topic. Tomorrow, the doctoral candidate at the University of Twente is defending his thesis. ‘Personal branding is not only about standing out, but also about fitting in.’

PhD stories

‘I’ve faced the nearly stereotypical PhD experience: mental health challenges’

Students or researchers? PhD candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put the PhDs of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Rob Bemthuis, a young academic from the Pervasive Systems Research Group.

PhD stories

‘Everyone warned me that PhD is a lonely job’

Students or researchers? PhD candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put the PhDs of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Anouk Geenen, a young scientist from the Human Centred Design group.

Spotlight

Shine a light

‘There are a lot of lonely people and I want to help as many as possible,’ says Sefora Tunc, UT PhD candidate and founder of ‘ibilight’. Her start-up has one goal: to fight loneliness of elderly people. With light. And it is now entering the market.

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PhD stories, episode 1: Juliane Schillinger

‘At some point, you will get frustrated with your research’

Students or researchers? PhD candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put the PhDs of the University of Twente in the limelight. This very first episode gives the stage to Juliane Schillinger, a young scientist at the BMS department of Technology, Policy and Society.

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News

More vacancies for PhD researchers

The number of PhD positions is rising considerably and PhD researchers are more often getting four years to complete their thesis. The PhD Network Netherlands deduces this from the number of public vacancies, as no nationwide data is available.

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Meer vacatures voor promovendi

Het aantal promotieplaatsen stijgt flink en promovendi krijgen vaker vier jaar de tijd voor hun proefschrift. Het Promovendi Netwerk Nederland leidt dit af uit de vacatures, want landelijke data zijn er niet.

Opinion

Rolling in the deep

In this opinion article, I would like to respond to the recent piece written by a fellow doctoral candidate of the UT, Diana Garcia-Gonzalez. Above all, I would like to thank Diana for sharing her side of the story with the community. At the same time, I would like to take the opportunity to clarify some potential misunderstandings or misconceptions about what has been communicated or what has been done by P-NUT’s Include-U project.

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Hello from the other side

I am writing this text as a reaction to an article recently published on U-Today. The title stated; ‘PhDs don’t feel connected to the university’. The piece only quotes one side of the story; the side of P-NUT’s study. With this text, I would like to share my impressions on this piece and share my side of the story — as my experience as a UT PhD is very different from the one portrayed in the previous piece.

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