As the festive season draws closer, the IGSN family gathered for its highlight of the year. On December 9th, 2016, students and staff, as well as friends and family came to together on Graduation Day to honor this year's graduates, which had completed the IGSN programme and would finally receive their PhDs in Neuroscience, among them graduates of the Integrated Research Training Group of the SFB 874.
The day began with a meeting of the Advisory Board, a welcome occasion for all members to catch up and reflect on the past year and to plan for upcoming projects. The festivities were then begun by vice-speaker of the IGSN Prof. Dr. Oliver T. Wolf. In his welcoming speech, he honored the graduates' achievements, stressing the excellent work they had presented with their PhDs theses. Ten years after its first Graduation Day in 2006 the IGSN has continued to nurture the careers of young scientists and produced excellently trained neuroscientists, with outstanding career opportunities, whether their paths will lead them to further academic endeavors or to positions in the industry.
As is the tradition, four current IGSN students had the honor to present their current work to the audience, three of them are working within projects of the SFB 874. Their presentations illustrated the high standard of work being done at the IGSN and the diversity of topics tackled by young scientists. Thank you, Janna Aarse, Oluwaseun Fatoba, Marcus Paul, and Pia Reiterer for your excellent talks – great job!
After a poster session, in which all current IGSN students presented their projects to family and friends, as well as staff and members of the advisory board, the main event of the day commenced. At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, the winners of this year's IGSN and SFB 874 painting competition received their prizes from the hands of IGSN dean and director Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan and vice speaker of the IGSN Prof. Dr. Oliver T. Wolf. The 2016 contest was entitled "Superheldinnen und Superhelden der Sinne" (Superheroes of the Senses), taking a cue from the sensory research pioneered at the Ruhr University. Students from Bochum's primary schools had entered many excellent works.
Then it was finally time for the graduates to take centre stage. Dressed in traditional IGSN hats and gowns they received their much-desired PhD diplomas. Each student was honored in personal, and oftentimes very humorous speeches by their supervisors. Thirteen students received their PhDs this year, including our second student to complete the newly formed MD-programme for students of medicine. The IGSN is so very proud of all of you – we wish you all the best for the future!
The new academic titles were then deservedly celebrated during the renowned IGSN Graduation Day dinner – this year with a host of Croatian delicacies and a few glasses of wine here and there. Thank you to everyone who made this day such a wonderful occasion!
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Text: Annegret Kalus