While you are a doctoral student, you may encounter various obstacles that need to be overcome. These can be conflicts with your PI, with other members of the research group, or problems in your private life. Having a trusted person with whom you can discuss these kinds of problems can help to find constructive solutions. The following BIGS supervisors have agreed to act as mentors for BIGS Neuroscience students to assist you with questions that you do not wish to discuss with your immediate supervisor.
It is advisable to choose a mentor outside the immediate field of study. We recommend that you use this opportunity if necessary.
Christian Henneberger (Institute of Cellular Neurosciences)
Susanne Schoch-McGovern (Institute of Neuropathology)
Laura Ewell (Institute of Experimental Epileptology and Cognition Research (IEECR))
The article “5 challenges faced by PhD students” by Daniel Higginbotham (Editor at PROSPECTS) deals with five potential problems PhD students may encounter and gives tips on how to overcome them in order to be well prepared for a life as a PhD student.