The close supervision serves not only as a kind of progress control but mainly as a support for the students. It assists them to proceed and finish the PhD successfully within the given time frame of three till three and a half years.

Each student has at least two supervisors from different departments or partner institutes. The working place is in general at the institute of the main supervisor, but there is also the possibility to use the facilities of the other partner institutes.

Besides the scientific supervisors the scientific coordinator as well as the programme coordinator of the IMPRS-SurMat are permanent contact persons in case of scientific and any other questions.

After 6 months the main supervisor gives a first evaluation of the new student to the programme coordinator.

After each year the students fill in the "Annual report" that gives the scientific and the programme coordinator an overview about the activities (for example lectures, conferences) and the progress of the scientific work of the students.

The Thesis Advisory Committee consists of the supervisors and a member of the SurMat coordinatin team. Further members can be invited.This committee monitors the progress of the doctoral work and meets at least once a year. The main goal of the committee is to give advice and scientific input about the research work of the student and to plan the further proceeding together.

Students with supervisor at the department of materials science and engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
After the successful PhD defense the students receive a doctoral hut.

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