RWTH Awards Brigitte Gilles Prize
RWTH awarded the CAMMP project (Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program): Encouraging Pupils With Education Labs for Mathematical Modeling and the Forum for Female Doctoral Candidates with the 2018 Brigitte Gilles Prize.© Andreas Schmitter
The prize is named after the first women’s representative at RWTH and is awarded to initiatives that improve the conditions for studying, teaching, and research for women at the University, thereby contributing to an increase in female lecturers and students in courses of study with low women’s quotas. rofessor Doris Klee, vice-rector for human resources management and development, awarded the certificates.
The CAMMP project has been in place since 2011. It intends to raise and increase prospective students’ interest in STEM courses of study. In CAMMP days and weeks, female pupils in grades 7-12 look at problems that affect everyday life, industry, and research to then solve them using mathematical modelling and computer-based programs. Students, research assistants, and lecturers guide the pupils along this process.© Andreas Schmitter
Since 2005, the interdisciplinary Forum for Female Doctoral Candidates has been improving living and research conditions for female doctoral candidates at RWTH, with the aim of increasing the proportion of women who successfully complete their doctoral studies.
This self-organized network is the only type of offer specifically for female doctoral candidates that spans the University. The information, advice, and potential contacts help them overcome challenges that may arise during their studies and support them on their career path.
The forum has been focusing on training key qualifications and interdisciplinary skills since 2017. It offers job shadowing for lectures, practice runs for conference talks, and soft skills workshops. Guest talks by lecturers who have already completed their doctoral studies are also a regular feature.
Editorial by: Press and Communications