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Scientific Coordinator

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Katharina Dolata

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MGK / SFB 807
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.

Max-von-Laue-Str. 9

60438 Frankfurt a.M., Germany


Phone +49 (0)69 798-29539
Fax +49 (0)69 798-29640

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Chair

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Klaas Martinus Pos

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Institute of Biochemistry
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.

> more see P18

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Vice Chairs

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Inga Hänelt

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Institute of Biochemistry
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.

> more see P22

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Josef Wachtveitl

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Institute of Physical and
Theoretical Chemistry
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.

> more see P12

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Mentoring


To guarantee a high quality of PhD theses within TRAM, and provide support and feedback to the students, TRAM established a mandatory mentoring for all students. Each new TRAM candidate selects, with the help of the direct supervisor and the TRAM coordinator, a mentoring team consisting of, in addition to the direct supervisor, two additional mentors. During the whole PhD phase, this mentoring committee meets with the student to discuss the scientific progress, personal development and further guidance.

The first meeting with all mentors, referred to as the starting exam, must take place within six months after the start of the PhD project. In a 20-min talk the graduate students present their proposed research to the mentors, summarizing the significance and background of their research project, and explaining planned experiments and possible results. The mentors have the opportunity to ask questions about the project and the broader scientific background. In case the student does not show adequate knowledge of their field of research or the techniques, they are given the opportunity to repeat the exam one month later. If the student fails a second time they must leave the IRTG and might continue the PhD thesis without support by the CRC.

Following this initial meeting, supervision meetings take place annually. The mentoring team also constitutes the thesis committee, and the official PhD thesis defense within the department at the Goethe-University is also the IRTG - TRAM final exam. A short report on the topics discussed during each supervision meeting has to be signed by all mentors before being sent to the TRAM coordinator (Forms available on the download page). The committee can also recommend additional courses and workshops the mentee should attend. The TRAM coordinator monitors the deadlines for these appointments and collects the meeting reports while the meetings are organized by the students themselves.

All our graduate students and their mentors sign an education agreement
, which regulates the rights and duties of both parties. It covers the education curriculum in transferable skills as well as the research and mentoring concept.