Career Orientation

Girls'Day 2022

On April 28th, the annual Girls'Day took place. Offering a 5-hour hands-on workshop on plasma physics, female students could dive into university physics as well as learn more about science, studying and career options pursuing studies in physics. During the workshop, the school students first got to know the basics of plasma – what does it consist of, how can we influence its behaviour and which characteristics does it have. Following this rather theoretical part, the school students worked on the sputter coater, making samples to analyse with a profilometer and identify the thickness of the surface coating from the sputtering process. The aim of the Girls’ Day is to offer female school students an insight into technical and scientific careers and motivate more school students to choose a degree in a MINT-subject. We also aim at reducing prejudices and fears towards a physics degree.


Students' Project Week Easter 2022

During the first week of the Easter break, the project weeks for female high school students (in German Schülerinnenprojektwoche) took place and opened the doors towards plasma physics, astronomy and physics in medicine for school students grade 8 to 10. Hosting three projects, the offer is continuously expanding after the Corona lockdown. During the project week, students attended a lecture given by PD Dr. Horst Fichtner on ‘news from the edge of the solar system’, visited the Planetarium in Bochum and worked on scientific projects during their workshops. The outcomes of the research projects were presented in a poster session followed by a quiz and shared lunch, which formed the conclusion of the week. To lower the entry barrier of the project week and offer school students the chance to participate no matter of their financial status, some changes were implemented as a trial. School students who do not own a ticket for public transport had the option to receive a ticket for transportation to and from university. Also, meals were newly included in the project week. While only breakfast used to be supplied, students could now share a free lunch in the campus dining hall, enhancing the group dynamics and their feeling of belonging in the group. The feedback to this changes were positive according to the feedback of the participants, so that the changes will be continuously adapted to the program of the project week The project week in autumn will presumably take place with four projects at full capacity.

Career orientation

Student internship in plasma physics

From 31.01. to 04.02. a student of grade Q1 visited us to complete his one-week internship in the context of the school's career orientation. A student internship offers students interested in the field of physics the opportunity to learn more about the field of plasma physics, to gain first experimental laboratory experiences, to get to know the university and its teaching formats better and to further develop their own interests in physics.

During the week, there is 1:1 supervision by undergraduates, graduate students, and research assistants. This week we worked on the sputter coater and evaluated samples obtained from there using a profilometer and transmission measurements and graphing the results using different software. In addition, we looked at the plasma with optical emission spectroscopy to identify different species in the plasma. In addition, Tim was able to look at the different laboratories at the chair and thus get to know several projects of the SFB first hand. Furthermore, he attended two lectures for bachelor students.

During the internship, there are also opportunities for students to solder, work with simulations and analyze data computer-assisted, and get a tour of the campus, depending on their main interests.



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Students' project week 2021

After a break of two years, the students’ project week took place in person at Ruhr University again. In cooperation with the zdi Netzwerk, students grade 8 and 9 could participate in either “World of Plasmas” and “Physics in Medicine” during the first week of the autumn break. During the project week, students gained an insight into different laboratories and could work on a small research project using different diagnostics and apertures to present their findings in a poster session at the end of the week. Next to the research projects, the students visited the Planetarium Bochum, attended a lecture by Prof. Hildebrandt on the weight of the universe and had a session with alumni to ask questions on possible career paths with a degree in physics. The week ended with a common outdoor pizza lunch. The next project week will take place during the first week of the Easter holiday 2022, offering three workshops to girls in grade 8, 9 and 10.

Public relations

Students' project week during the Easter break 2022

After the successful resumption of the students' project week in the last autumn vacations, the project week for female students will now also take place again at Easter 2022. From April 11-14, a week full of exciting activities awaits female students in grades 8, 9, and 10 in the three projects "Physics in Medicine," "Astronomy - The Colors of the Stars," and "The World of Plasmas." During the project week, participants will have the opportunity to conduct their own research, visit laboratories, interact with scientists and take part in the physics duel - the final event of the project week.


Students' project week during autumn break 2021

After a break of more than a year, the students' project week may take place again this autumn break from 11th to 15th October. A week full of exciting activities awaits students in grades 8 and 9 in the three projects "Physics in Medicine", "The House of the Future" and "The World of Plasmas". During the project week, participants will have the opportunity to conduct their own research, visit laboratories, interact with scientists and take part in the physics duel - the final event of the project week.