Rush at the 1st PhD Day of the Friedrich Schiller University

More than 200 doctoral candidates visited the House for young researchers "Zur Rosen" at the 1st PhD Day. For the first time the Graduate Academy of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) organised this event together with the founding group of the doctoral council of the FSU on January 31. Graduates who are interested to receive a PhD as well as doctoral candidates could inform about the chances and possible risks of a doctorate, about effective writing during the doctoral period and about general conditions for doctoral candidates within the academic world. Furthermore several institutions of the FSU presented their offers, like the "Initiative LehreLernen", the International Office and the Office for Research and Transfer.

The Graduate Academy supports doctoral candidates and postdocs at the FSU Jena. Individual advice and a wide range of courses are offered since July 2012 in the renovated House for young researchers "Zur Rosen" (Johannisstraße 13, Jena). "It's wonderful that so many doctoral candidates used this chance to inform themselves in our house", said Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Vice-Rector for young researchers and diversity management of the FSU. "It's important to support young researchers on their way to academic career."

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At the end of the 1st PhD Day the question of the value of the doctor's degree was discussed - especially with regard to the recent cases of plagiarism. The participants of the panel discussion agreed that the PhD still possesses a high degree of social reputation and that it was a proof of motivation, perseverance and intensive analysis of a special topic. Simultaneously many additional skills could be acquired during the doctoral period that were also valuable outside of an academic career.

The Graduate Academy especially likes to thank for their support: Servicezentrum Forschung und Transfer, Servicestelle LehreLernen, Internationales Büro, Personaldezernat, Gründungsgruppe des Doktorandenrats an der FSU Jena, Schreibzentrum SchreibenLernen, Tutorenservice intudoc und der Cafeteria des Studentenwerks.

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