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Mentoring program for MSc students

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I am very excited to welcome you as the new students in the masters’ program at the Institute of Biology, at FU here in Berlin!

A new semester is starting and due to the corona pandemic, we all are facing some new challenges. These are even bigger for those students who are matriculated at FU for the first time or moved to Berlin recently. To support you to orientate and organize your studies, we are offering you a mentoring program which is starting now!

But first, let me introduce myself: My name is Lena and I am studying biology at FU since 2015. I am currently in the 5th semester of the master and soon I will start doing my master thesis. I am very happy to be your mentor in this special corona winter semester! You can contact me whenever (German/English) under this address:

lena.m[at]fu-berlin.de

Usually, the mentoring program is exclusive for first semester students of the bachelor programs since you don’t need explanations about how studying “works”. But in this year, everything is a bit different due to the current situation. With the mentoring program we want to give you support and I will be your contact person whenever you have questions. These can be all kinds of questions – no matter how stupid they might seem. If I cannot answer, I will probably know who to ask! And in addition to this, I will provide content in the “Mentoring” folder which you can find in the Blackboard course “Introduction to advanced biology”.

At this point I also wanted to remind you about the importance to respect the corona rules. So, whatever it is – wearing a mask, not exceeding the maximum number of persons in a room, considering separated doors for entry and exit – just follow the instructions! We are all happy to be back at university again and don’t let us risk a second lockdown.

So, for now, I wish you a great start and hope to see you soon!

Events

  • Campus Tour on Monday, October 19th at 3pm

The number of events for socializing with your fellow students is limited in this semester – so the campus tour will be a great opportunity to get to know each other! It is open for everyone, either you know the campus and want to share your “insider-knowledge”, or you are new here and want to discover all the important buildings.
We will divide you into small groups concerning your interests in the field of biology and walk around the campus.
If you want to participate, please register using this form. We will send you further information by mail.

  • Student’s Committee Meeting on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm

The student’s committee (Fachschaftsinitiative Biologie) are a bunch of students interested in university politics and organization of several events for students. You are curious and/or interested to join us? Contact us (FSI@biologie.fu-berlin.de) and we are sending you the invitation link to our first meeting in this semester. You can also find more information here.

  • Johannes-Müller-Lecture on Thursday, October 29th at 6pm

The Johannes-Müller-Lecture is traditionally the first biology lecture in every winter semester. In this year, the lecture will be given by Prof. Rita Adrian and it will be about lakes in the context of global warming. You are welcome to join this event! (Link: TBA)

  • PROMOS Scholarship (Information event) on Tuesday, October 13th at 10am

“Programm zur Mobilität von Studierenden und Doktorand*innen“ is a program where you can apply to get a scholarship for your stay abroad. More information about the event.

Announcements

  • Lab Coats

The students’ committee is going to sell lab coats for a cheap price of 15€ - so if you want or need to buy one, contact me!

  • Financial Support for Students in the Pandemic

The university set up a fund for those students who are facing a financial distress due to the corona pandemics. More information here.

Map of the campus (with the most important locations for biology students)

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