A PhD, is that for me? 2024

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Are you thinking about your future? Do you want to apply your mathematical knowledge in a company, or continue your education first by pursuing a PhD degree?

With this one-day event for students in both theoretical and applied mathematics we aim to showcase the benefits of doing a PhD to help students to make their choice whether they want to apply for a PhD or not. We have invited speakers from many different areas in mathematics within academia and industry.

The event is sponsored by YoungKWG and PWN

When: February 2, 2024, ±10.00h – 18.00h

Where: Koninsbergergebouw, Utrecht University

Target audience: master students in mathematics studying at a university in the Netherlands. Especially women and students from minority groups in mathematics are encouraged to join. If we have enough spaces, (3rd year) bachelor students will also be considered.

Registration: Registrations closed on the January 12th, 2024. For more information on registrations and late registrations, contact us at phdeventmath@gmail.com

Note that the number of participants is limited so we may need to make a selection from the registrations. Hence, registration does not guarantee a place. We will inform everyone after the registration deadline.

Programme

Plenary speakers:

  • Cecilia Salgado, Associate Professor Groningen University
  • Corine Meerman, Dutch Healthcare Authority

PhD panel:

  • Sebastián Carrillo Santana (Utrecht University)
  • Lotte Weedage (University of Twente)
  • Rowel Gündlach (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Feline Lindeboom (Groningen University)
  • Evie Roebroek (Consultant at BCG – currently on an MBA at Columbia Business School)

Moderated by David Hokken

Workshops

Do’s and don’ts when applying for a PhD
Speaker: Katrijn van Deun,Full Professor, Tilburg University
Having trouble writing a motivation letter? How long should it be? What to include and what to omit? Our speaker, professor at Leiden University, will give advice on what to focus while writing a CV and motivation letter for a PhD position. She will also share examples of good and bad practices.

The next two workshops run in parallel, and students indicate which they prefer to attend.

Common hurdles during a PhD and how to prevent them
Speaker: Sabrina Genz

Have you ever had doubts about beeing good enough for a PhD positions? Or maybe felt the pressure of a competitive environment in acadeima bringing you down?   In this workshop we will discuss some of the main struggles that students face in academia and that create big obstacles throught their developement. That will include topics such as how to recognize and deal with impostor syndrome before it becomes a real problem, the relationship with the supervisors and relationships with fellow PhD students, amongst others.
Outcomes of a PhD Speaker: Chiat Cheong

Common myth: “After 4 years of a PhD I only developed skills to continue with research.” In this workshop we focus on a wide range of skills that PhD students develop throughout their research years. Our speaker, Chiat Cheong, is a scientist who made a transition from academic career and her professional mission became: making PhDs and postdocs aware of their potential and providing support in their career development.

Schedule

Time               Activity

09:30 – 10:00: Arrival and coffee

10:00 – 10:05: Welcome

10:05 – 10:50: Industry speaker: Corine Meerman, Dutch Healthcare Authority

10:50 – 11:00: Break

11:00 – 11:45: Academic speaker: Cecília Salgado Guimarães da Silva, University of Groningen          

12:00 – 13:30: Parallel workshops:

                       1.  Sabrina Genz: Common hurdles during a PhD and how to prevent them

                       2. Chiat Cheong: Transferable skills

13:30 – 14:30:Lunch break

                       Workshop:

14:30 – 15:30: Katrijn van Deun: Do’s and don’ts when applying for a PhD

15:30 – 16:45: PhD panel

16:45 – 17:00: Closing

17:00 – 18:00: Drinks

Organising committee:

Contact us via: phdeventmath@gmail.com

Sponsors:

Last year, quotes:

  • […] it was great and I really appreciate the effort you put into this 🙂
  • thank you very much for organising it, it was so helpful!!
  • Thank you so much for organizing it, it was wonderful! 🙂
  • Thank you so much for organising this! I didn’t realise the impact that it would have on me (female Bachelor of mathematics student), and how much I needed that impact to change the way I see my future. I always thought that having male professors didn’t influence my feelings of doing a PhD or anything like that, because they have never expressed any sexist behaviour or remarks, or made me feel like I couldn’t do it. But answering the questionnaire before the event made me realise that I did feel isolated and I didn’t think that I could do a PhD. And this event really changed my whole view and made me realise that seeing women actively enter the field, be a part of it, not have to “become men” or whatever, was so joyous. I think that in simple terms, *seeing representation in this field* and hearing stories of women in the field and their feelings, meant a lot more to me than I thought it would. So thank you!!!
  • Thank you for the event! I really liked it

A PhD, is that for me? 2023

Are you thinking about your future? Do you want to apply your mathematical knowledge in a company, or continue your education first by pursuing a PhD degree?

With this one-day event for students in both theoretical and applied mathematics (e.g. econometrics, statistics, etc.) we aim to showcase the benefits of doing a PhD to help students to make their choice whether they want to apply for a PhD or not. We have invited speakers from many different areas in mathematics.

When: February 3, 2023, ±10.00h – 18.00h

Where: Koninsbergergebouw, Utrecht University

Target audience: (3rd year) bachelor students and master students in mathematics studying at a university in the Netherlands. Especially students from minority groups are encouraged to join.


Programme

Plenary speakers

  • Hester Bijl, Rector magnificus Universiteit Leiden
  • Ka Yin Leung, RIVM

PhD panel

  • Mireia Martinez i Sallares, Utrecht University
  • Jorge Becerra Garrido, University of Groningen
  • Nandan Malhotra, Leiden University
  • Reem Chaalan, CGI Consultancy
  • Francien Bossema, CWI

Workshops

Do’s and don’ts when applying for a PhD
Speaker: Karen Veroy-Grepl

Having trouble writing a motivation letter? How long should it be? What to include and what to omit? Our speaker, full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, will give advice on what to focus while writing a CV and motivation letter for a PhD position. She will also share examples of good and bad practices.

The next two workshops run in parallel, and students indicate which they prefer to attend.

Self-analysis for career orientation
Speaker: Marjolein Bovens

Are you unclear on what kind of career will suit you, what you are passionate about, or what is possible with your educational background? 

Brief content of the course: 

  • find out what is your area of expertise
  • look at different aspects of yourself and your life
  • map out your interest, capabilities, motives and career values

After that, you will be better able to consider the direction of you career path, organizations and tasks that fit your preferences with more self-knowledge and more self-confidence.

Outcomes of a PhD
Speaker: Chiat Cheong

Common myth: “After 4 years of a PhD I only developed skills to continue with research.”

In this workshop we focus on a wide range of skills that PhD students develop throughout their research years. Our speaker, Chiat Cheong, is a scientist who made a transition from academic career and her professional mission became: making PhDs and postdocs aware of their potential and providing support in their career development.

Organising committee

Mar Curcó-Iranzo – Utrecht University

Mia Jukić – TNO

Sanne Willems – Leiden University

Contact us via: phdeventmath@gmail.com

Sponsors

Last year

  • […] it was great and I really appreciate the effort you put into this 🙂
  • thank you very much for organising it, it was so helpful!!
  • Thank you so much for organizing it, it was wonderful! 🙂
  • Thank you so much for organising this! I didn’t realise the impact that it would have on me (female Bachelor of mathematics student), and how much I needed that impact to change the way I see my future. I always thought that having male professors didn’t influence my feelings of doing a PhD or anything like that, because they have never expressed any sexist behaviour or remarks, or made me feel like I couldn’t do it. But answering the questionnaire before the event made me realise that I did feel isolated and I didn’t think that I could do a PhD. And this event really changed my whole view and made me realise that seeing women actively enter the field, be a part of it, not have to “become men” or whatever, was so joyous. I think that in simple terms, *seeing representation in this field* and hearing stories of women in the field and their feelings, meant a lot more to me than I thought it would. So thank you!!!
  • Thank you for the event! I really liked it

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