Die FAU hat sich erfolgreich eine Rahmenpromotionsordnung gegeben, welche die Promotionsordnungen der einzelnen Fakultäten angleicht und damit den Gesamtprozess vereinfacht sowie die Qualitätskriterien vereinheitlicht und transparenter macht. Lesen Sie mehr in der Pressemitteilung.
I previously described why it is difficult being an external Ph.D. student. One of the aspects is that you have to convince me that you can prevail, even though I have much less opportunity to advise you than I’d have with a “wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter” (TA/RA position funding Ph.D. studies) that I employ.
So, if you are thinking about approaching me to become your advisor, I recommend you go through the following mental exercise first: To layout the work that motivates you as a combination of research question, possible hypotheses, research approach and employed methods, and expected results. You should be able to write this up as a 100-200 word abstract.
Here are two examples (I wrote this blog post on a whim, so please don’t hold me to the quality of these examples):
Continue reading A Note to and Exercise for Prospective External Ph.D. Students
Within my short time of being a professor at a German engineering university, I’ve raked up quite a number of requests from folks to become an “external Ph.D. student” of mine. In the German system, this is someone who is enrolled in the Ph.D. program but not funded by the university, i.e. is self-sponsored. Since you are only allowed into the Ph.D. program after a successful (and appropriate) Master’s degree, anyone with that degree is ABD, “all but dissertation”. So folks approach me with a research idea, typically about some itch they are having as a developer, and ask whether this would be enough for a dissertation and then the title. My answer, naturally, is “it depends”.
Continue reading Becoming an External Ph.D. Student
Today, Christoph Elsner passed his Ph.D. exam and thesis defense. Congratulations, Dr. Elsner! Below, please find some photo impressions from the proceedings!
Continue reading Promotion of Christoph Elsner