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Upon entry into the graduate school, every student will set up a PhD Development Plan together with his/her supervisor and mentor. This comprises a target and timetable, including
A personal coach and a mentor are assigned to each student. The mentor is a supervisor and senior researcher at one of the other institutions of the graduate school. His or her role is to monitor the PhD program, appropriate research and training goals, and to safeguard that benchmarks and targets defined in the PhD development plan are met. The graduate student is supposed to discuss his/her PhD thesis with the mentor at least three times per year and give a seminar talk in the mentorís research group.
Within the first two years of the PhD thesis, each graduate student has to select two practical classes and block courses as well as one lecture in order to increase his/her knowledge in scientific fields and techniques related to their research project.
Students participate once per year in a focussed mini-symposium or a student school of the PhD program. Tutorials will focus on both experimental and theoretical/numerical aspects of ultrafast laser physics, high-order harmonic and attosecond laser-pulse generation, Free-Electron Laser, and a broad range of spectroscopy techniques. Lectures will be presented by members of the teams and invited speakers.
In addition students will be asked to organize an annual retreat, where they discuss their work among each other without the supervisors, and can invite suitable external lecturers. After the retreat, all graduate students submit a written research report to document the progress of their work. Within the thesis work a student is expected to independently draft two publications.