MINToring – Mentoring Program for Female Master’s Students in STEM Fields
Unfortunately, women in STEM fields are still a minority. You already experienced this in your studies, which you are currently doing with a majority of male fellow students.
Now you are in your Master's and asking yourself – science or rather business? What does one do during a doctorate?
It was the same for us. We, female PhD students and postdocs at IAI, would like to give you the opportunity to get to know our everyday life and support you in your decision - business or science.
- female Master's student
- in the field: computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, bio engineering, mathematics, or physics
You are interested? Then apply now!
To get a first impression of you and to find a suitable mentor, please send a short introduction of yourself (approx. 1 page) to mentorinnen∂iai.kit.edu till 2021-06-20. In your introduction you should briefly describe your background (training, studies, ...), what your study interests are and your expectations on the mentoring program. The mentoring is shaped actively by you – e.g. concerning the frequency of meetings and the communication format (in person, via video conferencing, e-mail) or visits at the institute.
Please note: Due to the 1:1 supervision (1 mentor - 1 mentee) we have of course only a very limited capacity and cannot guarantee you a place.
P.S. The short introduction is not a letter of motivation in which you have to shine with numerous awards, programming skills, internships, etc. It is rather about finding the right mentor for your questions and mentoring expectations.
We are looking forward to your application!
These are the mentors:
I have always been interested in many different fields of study, but in the end I had to decide and chose physics. After specializing in particle physics, I switched to biophysics and did my doctorate in physics, where I studied the behavior of proteins in simulations. Afterwards I ended up in computer science at IAI, where I continue my research as a postdoc and coordinate the interdisciplinary graduate school HIDSS4Health.
The natural sciences have fascinated me since school, unfortunately, I could not study all of them. I decided to study electrical engineering and information technology at KIT, where I specialized in signal processing in my Master’s. In my PhD at IAI I develop tracking algorithms to track biological cells over time.
During my studies of mechanical engineering at KIT, I spezialized in the fields of medical technology and robotics in my master’s degree. Subsequently, I started my PhD at IAI, where I further specialized in the field of medical technology. In my PhD I am working on inkjet-printed sensors, which are developed for application in various medical devices.
“There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied mathematics” is a quote from Archimedes. I desired to understand most of the incredible and, hence, chose to study math. Still, I find many things incredible ... But now I can apply the abstract tools of mathematics in different fields. For instance in my PhD in informatics at the KIT. Here, I implement and analyse future model scenarios of various climate objectives, such as those of the Paris agreement or the climate goals 2035 / 2050 of the European Comission.
I always found many different topics interesting and it was difficult for me to decide what to do next after leaving school. After a good deal of thought, I decided to study physics, where I first specialized in condensed matter. After graduating, I was drawn to the IAI by the diverse and interesting topic of the energy transition. In my PhD, I am now modeling future energy systems that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
From physics student with minor subjects in economics and education to scientific officer in energy research to a doctoral researcher at the department of mechanical engineering. Alongside, I offered workshops in adult education here and started a doctoral researcher representation there. Resumes are usually not straightforward. And I find detours simply exciting. But they can also be difficult, which is why I have often sought support in my past when I needed it. As a mentor, I would like to offer you this support now.
From my childhood, I was very much fascinated with modern developments and the latest technologies. My first choice was to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Electronics and Communications. With this background, I specialized my Master’s in Digital Engineering and gained profound experience in wireless Industry 4.0 communications. Presently, I am working as a research assistant at KIT dealing with security concepts in the field of energy domain. I would be happy to support and guide KIT students in their future endeavors.
Each step towards understanding how everything works and interconnects makes our world even more fascinating. At least that’s how it works for me. This enthusiasm has never left me, even though my physics studies here at KIT, naturally, weren’t just a picnic. Since February 2021 I am doing my PhD here at IAI, working on the question: What’s up in the electrical power network (state estimation)? In my free time I do volunteer work in my sports club and I love to join in any handcrafting project.