PhD students at GS SimTech:
- have at least two supervisors from different subject cultures,
- benefit from a second reviewer from outside the University of Stuttgart,
- can attend courses and seminars specially designed for the field of simulation technology,
- are able to exchange technical and methodical information,
- are integrated with their projects into the overarching research contexts of the project networks,
- have an optimal feedback possibility through a milestone presentation after one and a half years,
- establish international contacts through a mandatory three-month stay at a foreign research institute.
All regulations are based on the Doctoral Degree Regulations of the University of Stuttgart. For further details please have a look at the guidelines of your faculty as well as at the guidelines for Conducting Doctoral Research at SC SimTech (and if necessary at the guidelines for writing cumulative publication)
In order to promote interdisciplinary networking and to broaden professional horizons, all PhD students of the Graduate School should actively participate in at least three seminars of the graduate school. At least one seminar should be attended until the milestone presentation and the second until the PhD examination. The selection is made in consultation with the respective doctoral supervisor and the co-supervisor of the doctoral thesis.
During the milestone presentation, which takes place about 18 months after the start of the PhD project, interim results are reflected upon and the further work program is determined. The milestone presentation consists of a public lecture and a non-public oral examination interview by the supervisors of the PhD project. In addition, the PhD students write a "Milestone Report", which reflects the status of the research work to date and the further work program.
Since 2009, the PhD student representatives have organised a PhD Weekend every year. During this weekend, the interdisciplinary cooperation of the PhD students is intensified. The members of GS SimTech can get to know each other better and exchange professional and personal experiences. The event serves (besides the activities of the Society of Simulation Technology e. V.) to build up a sustainable network of PhD students.
The coaching offers of the GS SimTech support PhD students on their way to successfully complete their doctorate. Interested members of the graduate school can arrange a coaching appointment with Almut Meyer zu Schwabedissen.