The election of the year is in your hands!
Here is your chance to choose 6 new doctoral representatives
for the 2017 Executive Board of Research School PLUS.
The Executive Board develops the strategic framework for RS PLUS and subsequently makes final decisions on incoming funding applications. It's doctoral members – the new candidates – represent your interests.
Read carefully what the following aspirants say about their expertise and engagement for the office.
How to vote
On January 12, 2017 all doctoral researchers will receive an e-mail
with a link to the online election, where you can vote for the doctoral
representative (and deputy) in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural & Life Sciences,
You can cast your votes from January 12-26, 2017.
In case several candidates run for office in one field, the candidate having received the most votes in his/her research area will become first representative, the candidate with the second most votes will become deputy representative. We will publish the results on our website right after the election.
The election is personal, free, equal and secret.
Don't miss your chance to actively shape the new face of the Executive Board!
Rahim Benrazavi - Institute for Media Science
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Media Studies in RUB and during my previous career as a lecturer and adjunct faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University, I have earned successful records of study counseling for interested candidates, developing education programs and building new projects in close cooperation with different companies, institutions, and NGOs. Likewise, I have been long involved in close cooperation with the representatives and policy makers of my school and other organizations in formulating and execution of strategic development plans.
I have experience in conducting multidisciplinary seminars and held many social, cultural and teambuilding events which can also help me in the development of RS PLUS project. My experience in international firms as a public relation director, my English and Persian language proficiency and my relative German language skills are also closely related to the requirements of RS PLUS as an organization that is in touch with international students and researchers.
Katharina Breidenbach - Faculty of History
My Name is Katharina Breidenbach and I am a PhD student in Early Modern History. In my research, I focus on religious migration in the 17th and 18th century. Beside my studies, I also work as a teacher for adult education. Before I started my PhD, I studied History, Gender Studies and Geography at the Ruhr University Bochum. During this time, I gain experience as a member of the student representatives of Gender Studies in different academic boards. For me, the participation of students and doctoral students in academic boards is very important. My goal is to further strengthen this through the work at the Executive Board of Research School Plus. I hope that with the help of my interdisciplinary studies and my previous experience, I will be able to contribute to the success of Research School Plus.
Kerstin Konietzny - Faculty of Psychology
My name is Kerstin Konietzny and I’m a PhD student in Medical Psychology. As my research project is of interdisciplinary nature, combining the disciplines of medicine and psychology (by investigating the influence of psychological aspects on chronification of pain disorders), I experienced how enriching an exchange of ideas and information between different disciplines (clinicians, physiotherapists and sport disciplines etc.) can be.
As an active reviewer of applications for funding within the RS Plus, I have gained significant insight into the reviewing process and broadened my view concerning scientific projects from other disciplines. During the last year of my PhD I experienced the support of the RS with a grant myself and organized a symposium within my “Mind and Pain in Motion” Research Group. Thereby I got the intriguing opportunity to get in touch with leading scientists and establish and intensify international research contacts for future projects. I’m looking forward to get to know your projects you intend to realize with the wide range of RS funding possibilities. It would be a great pleasure to support our doctoral community to maintain the diversity of RUB research scope.
By applying for the Executive Board of the RS Plus, I hope to gain experience in the management of a third party funding and the decision-making processes and get insight into the self-governance of RUB. As I’m a teamplayer, both in my private (playing football) and professional life (working within my Research Group), I would really appreciate being part of the Executive Board.
Sebastian Brandhorst - Faculty of Psychology
With the interdisciplinary study of cognition, computer science, economics and psychology I´ve learned to value the different perspectives on problems and opportunities. The diversity of minds, created by different cultures, gender and visions, allow us to bring up new ideas to face the challenges of our time. I want to bring my experiences in funding applications, paper writing but also as reviewer to the executive board. The interdisciplinary and international working environment provided by the research school offers the space to grow ambitious careers. As a board member I´m really looking forward to the opportunities we have to shape the future for young academic researchers.
Ghizal Lali - Faculty of Management and Economics
My name is Ghizal Lali and I am a research and teaching assistant at the Center of Economic Education at the Faculty of Management and Economics. In my research I focus on dynamic managerial capabilities. Do managers have specific (dynamic) capabilities and if so what are they? I am in the middle of my work and hope to be successful in answering these questions. During my PhD I attended in several events organized by the Research School and enjoyed the exchange with colleagues working in different disciplines and I also appreciated this given chance. But exchange is not the only benefit PhD students can get from the existence of Research School. Research School also allows PhD students the early integration into international research by granting financial support for international projects. It would be a great chance for me and I would appreciate to represent all doctoral students by supporting the Research School as a member in the decision making of granting your projects.
Nele Pollmann - Faculty of mechanical engineering
Hi everybody! I am a mechanical engineer PhD student at the chair of continuum mechanics. Here I study the origin of earthquakes associated with the production of geothermal energy.
In my daily work I enjoy working together in an international team. We are responsible for and try to improve the regular exercise lectures for the students. My students and team members appreciate my cooperative manner and know I will do my best to help. That was one of my reasons to become a member of the MINT-Community for girls. There I guide students with exciting projects but also every day questions concerning the Mathematics, Informatics, Natural sciences and Technics - subjects.
I was a member of the Executive board in 2015 and would like to use my experiences in the upcoming year.
Finally I would enjoy being part of the RS PLUS project as I like international work, get known to other research disciplines and help other doctoral students with the development of research at our University or on international level. I am open to communicate in other languages like English or basic Russian.
Natural & Life Sciences
Abdelrahman Rayman - no faculty
My name is Abdelrahman (Abdel) Rayan. I am currently doing my PhD at the Department of Neurophysiology. The main focus of my research is to investigate the electrophysiological mechanisms underlying the different hippocampal functions (a part of the brain responsible for memory formation). I have also a great passion for the mechanisms underlying the decision making process in humans. But, science is not my only passion. During my medical studies, I did a voluntary work for kids with cancer. The outcome of this work was building the second largest hospital in the world for treating kids with cancer. After graduation, I took the responsibility of coordinating a lot of research and administrative activities as a research assistant.
Moreover, my overseas visits (Switzerland, Italy, and Austria) helped me to strengthen my communication and management skills. In 2012, I moved to Germany where I did my master in neuroscience at Magdeburg, followed by my current work for the PhD at Bochum. Moving to Bochum was an exciting experience. In addition to the great scientific projects and sincere principal investigators, RS Plus has devoted itself to support doctoral students financially and scientifically to expand their future horizons. Inspired by such values, I decided to nominate myself to represent my colleagues at RS Plus executive board. It is a big responsibility but meanwhile, it is a great honor to represent my colleagues and support the decision making process within RS Plus executive board.
Leonie Kertes - Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
As a 3rd year PhD student in the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, I believe I am an excellent candidate for representing the interests of you, my fellow students, on the Executive Board of the RS Plus. Thanks to your support in the last election, I am currently deputy natural sciences representative on the ExBoard and I am eager to actively continue for one more year. Based on my experiences on the ExBoard, and from my role as a reviewer of your RS Plus proposals I am convinced that the RS Plus offers great support for our international visibility and network. From my experiences of working abroad, as well as from hosting international students in our group, I have seen firsthand that international exchange is enriching on both a scientific and personal level, and provides career perspectives. Personally, I highly appreciate the flexibility of the ExBoard during the decision making process with respect to personal needs and research focus. With this motivation in mind I would love to be further involved in the decision making process of the RS Plus, representing the field of natural sciences.
Tobias Meißner - Faculty of Psychology
I think of the RS PLUS as an excellent opportunity for PhD students to engage in international exchange at an early stage of their scientific career. I am happy for the extended period of funding for the RS PLUS and would like to personally contribute to our unique graduate school’s international program and its important mission as a doctoral representative for the Natural/Life Sciences. But why should I represent you in the Executive Board?
First, I have gained extensive experience in representing the interest of my fellows as both student and PhD representative in several boards like appointments committee, evaluation committee or quality improvement committee. Among others, these appointments included responsibilities like budget planning/spending or selecting appropriate candidates for faculty positions. As a member of the RS PLUS Executive Board, I will enjoy to continue working in a decision-making team.
Second, working as a neuroscientist in the field of developmental psychology, I have a strong interdisciplinary perspective. Thus, I can relate to the needs and demands of various disciplines, which will help me to represent the interests of the Natural/Life Sciences while at the same time being able to work in a multidisciplinary team for the benefit of all PhD students.
Third, as a reviewer for RS PLUS and a successful RS PLUS applicant, I am familiar with the management and funding structure of the Research School PLUS. I expect that this overview will help me in the transition to an Executive Board member.
Alina Blush - IGSN
I studied biology and finished my bachelor´s as well as my master´s degree at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Since the beginning of my academic career I have been fascinated by neuroscience, so I engaged in the PhD program at the IGSN. The time I spent here and the experiences I made during my studies strongly connect me with the Ruhr-University Bochum. With support of the Research School PLUS program I was able to enrich my doctoral project with various international activities, which would not have been possible otherwise. I think that the Research School offers great support and diverse funding opportunities for us as PhD students, that we should make use of.
Since I enrolled in the Research School I prepared several specific, as well as non-specific reports. I really enjoyed the evaluation of these different applications because I was able to gain insight into different PhD projects, sometimes from research fields far apart from my own expertise, which was particularly inspiring. As a part of the executive board I would like to represent the interests of my fellow students and actively take part in the process of decision making at the Research School PLUS.