Doctoral Researchers Council (DRC)
The DRC represents all doctoral researchers in the GSLS
- voices interests of doctoral researchers and stands up for them
- represents the PhD students in the boards and meetings of the GSLS
- networks and communicates between doctoral researchers and PIs
- informs doctoral researchers about the GSLS
- organizes events for the PhD students
- mediates conflicts between doctoral researchers and PIs or GSLS
The DRC has five members, two or three of which are newly elected by all GSLS doctoral researchers every year. In this way, continuity of the DRC's work is secured and experience is handed over from one generation of doctoral researchers to the next.
Current Members of the DRC
(Since 2017) I have just started my second year in a Promotion MD-PhD program and I would love to join the Doctoral Researchers Council. Although some scientists would like to work in a cave away from the rest of the community, I think one should interact with other peers. To me, networking is about adding a social dimension to my academic life.
Meeting people in a social setting can often establish friendly relationships that will help to dilute the isolation that one may feel during the Ph.D. and can bring me possible collaborators, new ideas, or understanding from fellow Ph.D. students.
(Since 2017) Hello, my name is Prathibha Muralidhara and I am a PhD Student at the Julius-von-Sachs Institute (Botanik, Wuerzburg). I have been closely associated with GSLS during my masters in University of Wuerzburg. As a part of FOKUS Life Sciences Masters program I served as a spokesperson and tutor for the incoming international students. I could help and guide new students in adjusting to the research environment and to the new FOKUS life sciences program as a whole. This experience has now motivated me to contribute to the GSLS during my PhD. I would like to bring in new ideas and facilitate communication and networking among PhD students and with the Graduate School. I am confident that I am a good representative of the doctoral students in the Executive Board. I promise to do my very best if I am chosen as your representative. Also, I am a lot of fun, warm and welcoming.
Currently I am at the beginning of my third year of PhD.
(Since 2017) Hello, My name is Carina Gross and I’m now at the end of my 2nd year of the PhD and I’m working in the department of experimental biomedicine in the group of David Stegner. Before I came to Würzburg, I already started a PhD in Göttingen but changed due to several reasons. Therefore, I know which kind of problems may arise and that it is always good to have people voicing/fighting for the interests and rights of PhD students. That’s why I would like to join the DRC. I would like to use my personal experience to make the life of a PhD easier.
(since 2016) Hello! My name is Inga Birkholz and I am currently in the third year of my PhD in the group of Prof. Nieswandt at the RVZ. I am part of the GSLS for more than 3 years, since I had another PhD position before I changed to Prof. Nieswandts group. Therefore I know a lot about the troubles which you can face during your PhD time and I think my experience is advantageous for the DRC. I am part of the DRC for two years and have been a member of the organizing committee of the GSLS Student´s Symposium for three years. I really enjoy(ed) the work and I learned a lot about organizing social events!
Marzieh Sharifi, Carina Gross, Inga Birkholz, Prathibha Muralidhara