RIMLS highlights 2017
In the lead Introductory courseThe RIMLS Graduate School course “In the Lead” will provide new PhD candidates with insights, tips and tricks to be at the forefront of your research and training objectives. In short, you and your needs for a successful PhD are the focus of the program – i.e. you are in the lead.
Working in small groups, you will explore what drives you in your research and what you acquire to achieve your goals. What does a supervisor expect from you? A PhD project has highs and lows, but how will you recognize and deal with the challenges that lie ahead? Using ‘Strengthsfinder’ you will discover your talents and how to use them to your advantage. Finally, you will interact and network with your peers.
Here are some experiences other PhD Candidates had with this Graduate Course:
- "It was really nice to meet all new PhD students and that you see you are in the same phase, have the same passion, worries and questions about doing your PhD. You get to know each other really well in just two days."
- "It’s much more useful than I expected. It really leads to new insights about yourself, and also gives you the encouraging feeling that you are not the only one experiencing worries and struggles in the start of you PhD."
Supervisor of the year Ronald van Rij
18 January 2018
For the first time the RIMLS PhD council organized the Supervisor election wih many nominees. Ronald van Rij turned out to be the winner for 2017.
The PhD council invited PhD candidates to anonymously submit three reasons why their supervisors deserved to become the RIMLS superhero of the year. The reasons were anonimised and the council asked several judges to rank. The three best-ranked supervisors were: Jack Schalken, Alessandra Cambi and Ronald van Rij. Then, the PhD council opened a period in which everyone could vote for one supervisor. There were some very enthusiastic campaigns going on: there were no less than 250 unique votes!
The PhD council hopes that this competition will become a fun and inspiring tradition at the RIMLS. On November, 2018 the council will call for nominations again, so be alert and take the new chance to acknowledge the value of our daily superheroes. Excellence is shown in many ways, and excellent supervision is something we should all strive for!
Within sight of my PhD A brand new courseAs a follow up of our highly evaluated PhD Introduction Course “In the lead”, in 2017 we launched the course entitled “Within sight of my PhD” for PhD candidates who are halfway their project. Two groups attended this new program and were very enthusiastic about this new course.
This is what they say afterwards:
- It was very useful to make a pause in my work and take some time to think about my learning process, career decisions and communication skills.
- I think it is very nice that RIMLS focuses on developing our 'soft skills'. This course was actually very useful!
- Thanks to everyone involved in setting up this program. It has really opened my eyes and we all need a point to reflect. I wish everyone involved the best of luck with the program and beyond.
- I was a bit skeptical in the beginning of the course, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Midsummer Night Event
Annually, the three Graduate Schools organize the Midsummer Night Event. This free event is organized for Radboudumc PhD candidates and postdocs and consists of interesting guest speakers, a themed contest and a barbecue.
In front of an audience of more than 300 PhD candidates and postdocs from RIHS, RIMLS and DCMN, acting dean Prof. Jan Smit opened this 2nd Radboudumc Midsummer Night Event. He introduced special guest speaker circadian neuroscientist Russel Foster who held an interesting lecture about "Why do we sleep?".
Photo's from the second Midsummer Night Event can be found here.