During the PhD program the students carry out their experimental research work in the laboratory of one of the participating faculty
members. Research students will receive training in transferable skills including scientific writing, communication, presentation and
moderation, leadership skills and others, in addition to those that are specific to their research discipline. We emphasize research training, including regular monitoring of progress, short courses in core and specialized techniques, and an organized
discussion and critical evaluation of the published literature. There is an annual Graduate Seminar program at which students present and discuss their PhD work to a larger audience. All students are strongly encouraged to participate at national and international meetings. We encourage each PhD student to become a student member of a learned Society of their choice (OEGMBT, GOECH).
Core CurriculumTHESIS ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
The progress of each student's thesis will be supervised by a thesis advisory committee including the immediate advisor and three other scientists. The purpose of the thesis committee is to monitor the progress of the work, to advise the students in their research and to be available for discussions outside the formal meetings. The thesis committee also decides whether the results obtained by a student are sufficient to fulfill the criteria of the Ph.D. degree and whether he/she will be admitted to the thesis defense. Both the thesis and the thesis defense must be in English.
Each student should nominate a thesis committee within the first three months of study (link to form). Selection of the committee's members can be made together with the student's advisor.
This committee will meet for the first time within the first six months of study and thereafter at regular intervals not exceeding 12 months. Meetings are normally convened by the student, but can be initiated by any member of the committee. Two weeks in advance of every meeting the student is expected to submit a written report to the committee summarizing the objectives, selected strategies, progress and problems arising during the last period of the project. The report, 3 to 4 pages in length, is to be written in English. Copies of this report, as well as a summary of each member's recommendations for the project (link to form) will be filed with the Program Manager at the conclusion of the meeting.
LITERATURE SEMINAR (647.500)
PhD candidates are expected to demonstrate a general knowledge of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a detailed knowledge of the topics related to the area of research. Moreover, it is essential that students become familiar with the literature of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and they should have the ability to keep abreast of major developments and to acquire a working background in any area. To assist students in achieving these goals, the DK will include an ongoing Literature Seminar for the duration of a student's training. The Literature Seminar is organized and operated by the students themselves. Course leaders for WS12/13 and SS13 are: Bastian Daniel (TU). Ivan Hajnal (TU). Horst Lechner (KFU). Irina Mrak (KFU). Dr. Stefan Schild will be the responsible supervisor.
previous organizers of the Literature seminar:
WS 11/12 + SS12: Andras Boeszoermenyi (TU), Adam Redzej (KFU). Harald Nagy (KFU). Alexander Guttmann (TU). Sarah Pratter (TU). supervisor: Ms. Edina Harsay
Dr. Edina Harsay, associate professor at the university of San Diego, received a Fulbright-Fellowship for 2012. In the summer semester Ms. Harsay will teach as Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Graz and University of Graz. Her expertise lies in Cell Biology: Insights From Yeast Genetics and Genomics
During her stay Prof. Harsay will lecture in :
Mol851 SS 2012: Special Chapters in Biochemistry
648.200 SS 2012: Seminar cell biology 2
647.500 SS2012: Literature Seminar
GRADUATE SEMINAR (647.505)
The purpose of this course is to enable PhD candidates to develop analytical, communication, and presentation skills and to engage effectively in scientific dialog. Doctoral candidates in the DK must present and discuss their PhD work to a larger audience once each year before writing up their thesis. During this two day event, each student will present and discuss their research in a half hour seminar. The grad semniar 2012 will take place at a Seminar hotel in Graz on May 21st-22nd.
SUMMER SCHOOLS FOR COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS
The summer school program seeks to address the training needs of future research leaders in the complementary skills that they will require to lead large scale, collaborative research programs involving partners from multiple sectors (industry, business and/or the public sector as well as academic institutions). The program delivers specific professional skills training through facilitated workshops to a small group of young researchers engaged in research within an interdisciplinary thematic area (Summer School 2007). Courses are:
An exceptional course in SS 2009 was planned for NAWI PhD and Masters students interested in pursing a career in research. This course was offered by Prof. Dr. Laura S. Frost (University of Alberta, Canada), Aigner-Rollett-Guest professor of the KFUG.
Biography Laura Frost:
Prof. Frost has maintained international leadership in her field of molecular microbiology while performing executive functions as a Department Chair, Univ. of Alberta (2003-2008), editor of numerous journals (eg Molecular Microbiology, J. Bacteriology, FEMS Reviews), and grant study sections for Canadian funding agencies. Prof. Frost has evaluated numerous doctoral studies programs in North America. Her experience in research practice, policies and financing as well as in the training of graduate students makes Dr. Frost particularly aware of the challenges facing young scientists in establishing successful independent careers in research.
During her sabbatical in Graz as an Aigner-Rollet guest lecturer Prof. Frost will offer:
This course will investigate whether progress has been made in encouraging, recruiting and retaining women in science with an emphasis on the Austrian experience. Historically, women have been excluded from science with some important exceptions. What can we learn about success in science from these women and do we see them as role models or do we see ourselves as inadequate in comparison? More women are being hired by universities in science departments (medical, natural, social, political, engineering) but we have not reached the optimum gender balance in most subjects. Are women blocking their own chances for success or is society biased against women participating in science? Are women doing as well as men in attaining high scientific honours, promotion and power to influence science policy? Are these the correct measures of success? What are funding agencies doing to promote women scientists in Austria and other countries? What can each student do to prepare for a career in science?
This Aigner-Rollet professorship was sponsored by NAWI-Graz, the KFUG, Land Steiermark and the DK: Molecular Enzymology.
THE NAWI GRAZ DOCTORAL SCHOOL
DocDays (648.009 TUG, 647.013 KFUG)
Every semester a one day symposium is organized by a team of PhD students for seminars and posters presented by a selection of senior students in the NAWI Graz Doctoral School. All PhD students and Master students of the affiliated institutes are invited to attend. For each DocDay event two guest lecturers are invited to give plenary seminars about their research.
Previous invited speakers of Doc Day events.
WS 08/09 (program):
SS 2009 (program):
WS 09/10 (program):
SS 2010 (program):
WS 10/11 (program):
SS 2011 (program):
WS 11/12 (program):
SS 12 (program):
WS 12/13 (program):
Guest speakers financed by the DK
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