2012 Day dedicated to P.h.D thesis presentation

A PhD thesis? Why? How?

The young researcher’s association of the Institut Curie (ADIC) organizes for the seventh year a presentation day on doctoral training entitled "A thesis? Why, How?".

This event will give Master students from “Ile de France” the opportunity to meet all the people involved in the PhD, from the Doctoral School Director to the tutor, or the PhD student him or herself. As an addition, during this event, a forum will enable participants to get to know the different research units of the Institut Curie, the research topics and the opportunities to complete a PhD.

For more information: adic@curie.fr
Follow the event live on our Twitter account @institut_curie  or via the hashtag #thèseàcurie

Interview with the main organizers 

Considering a PhD? Why? How? Find the answers on March 22nd
Students, if you’re thinking of doing a PhD, do you have questions? Institut Curie* is holding an open day on doctoral studies to provide you with answers. We met the event’s main organisers**: Yohanns Bellaïche, Maria-Daniela Garcia-Castillo and Anneliene Jonker.

What are the objectives of this event?
A.J : Mainly to take the drama out of the idea of doing a PhD. There are lots of expectations, ambitions and also anxiety around this crucial stage in a student’s career. What topic to choose? Where to start? How to organize it? Writing a doctoral dissertation means taking the plunge alone, so it’s best to be well informed and prepared.

Y.B : Institut Curie’s different fields of research will be presented at this event, along with the PhD subjects available here. Around twenty research group leaders will present their teams’ work using highly instructive posters. We also plan to offer laboratory visits. The idea is to show students how research is done and inspire them to get involved.

M-D.G-C : The objective is also to provide future doctoral students with practical explanations about how the system works, and how to find the right support via the universities and organizations at their disposal.

What are the advantages of doing a PhD at Institut Curie?
Y.B : Physics, chemistry, medicine, biology… From fundamental research to translational research, one of Institut Curie’s strong points is its trans-disciplinarity, which fosters a mixing and exchange of ideas.

A.J and M-D.G-C : It is an international research institute connected to numerous laboratories in France and abroad. We offer a high-level scientific environment and state-of-the-art equipment. Another key asset is our international PhD program for foreign students, which we are very happy with!

What is your main advice to aspiring doctoral students?
Y. B : Three years is a long time. You have to be prepared for the fact that during your PhD, enthusiasm sometimes gives way to discouragement, when your experiments don’t work for example!

A.J : A doctoral dissertation is never straightforward. Sometimes, it feels as if you are taking three steps forward and two steps back, so it’s really important to communicate. You should feel free to talk to other doctoral students and researchers about your project and the problems you encounter. Your doctoral dissertation will be successful if you ask yourself the right questions.

M-D.G-C : To get reassurance and avoid mistakes, it is essential to work very closely with your dissertation supervisor to keep things on track and avoid wasting time.

Interview by Betty Mamane
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* with the Training Education Unit and Institut Curie’s Students’ Association (Adic)

** photo, from left to right:
• Yohanns Bellaïche is group leader at the Polarity, Division and Morphogenesis laboratory of the Developmental Biology and Genetics Unit
• Maria-Daniela Garcia-Castillo is a 2nd year doctoral student at the Subcellular Structure and Cellular Dynamics Unit and vice-treasurer of ADIC
• Anneliene Jonker is a 2nd year doctoral student at the Cancer Genetics and Biology Unit, vice-president of ADIC and Chair of the Young Researchers in Life Sciences Congress (YRLS)

Photo: Pedro Lombardi, Alexandre Lescure / Institut Curie


20 March 2012