About the importance of first results and dealing with repetitive setbacks

MPSP Alumni Interview with Kim Lammers

January 25, 2022

Almost five years of research on "Polarization control in femtosecond-laser directly written waveguides" finally paid off for former MPSP PhD candidate Kim Lammers: At the beginning of 2022, she defended her thesis with top marks! We caught up with her the very next day for an interview to find out more about what this feels like and what tips she has for those at the beginning of their dissertation.

In the interview, Kim spilled the beans and especially encouraged young women to pursue a career in Photonics - because, so she says, the fact that women are so underrepresented in our field is largely due to false stereotypes. Girls are exposed to less science-related content in childhood than boys - and the stereotype of "the scientist" is still the lonely researcher in the ivory tower. Yet research is one thing above all: teamwork!

Are you thinking about doing a PhD in Photonics or have you already started? Then get valuable tips from Kim! Find out why dealing with repetitive setbacks might be the biggest challenge and knowing when to ask for help one of your most important skills during a PhD.

MPSP Alumni Interview with Kim Lammers

Are you thinking about doing a PhD in Photonics or have you already started? Then get valuable tips from Kim! Find out why dealing with repetitive setbacks might be the biggest challenge and knowing when to ask for help one of your most important skills during a PhD.

 

Thank you for the interview and the good tips, dear Kim! We will miss you not only as a sports teacher at MPSP Spring and Autumn Schools and wish you all the best for your future! 

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