Nominations for the Supervisor of the Year 2017/2018 award

Dear colleagues, fellow PhD students – it’s time to nominate your supervisors to the honorable prize: “Supervisor of the Year“.

The prize is a fine academic merit and it will be awarded by the rector at the promotion ceremony in May, 2018. It acknowledges a supervisor at Chalmers, who has shown excellent supervision qualities and a large concern towards his/her PhD students.

  • If you think that your supervisor deserves the prize, send us his/her name together with a motivation letter (between 1 and 3 pages).
  • Please include all members of the group (current and PhD students who graduated less than a year ago) standing for the nomination.
  • Notice that the supervisor you nominate does not have do be your main supervisor.

Nominations are open from October 30 to December 11, 2017.
Send them to:

After the deadline all nominations will be reviewed by the Doctoral Student Guild Committee. The PhD students of candidates selected in a systematic process will be interviewed. The Committee will then recommend the competitively chosen supervisor to the rector for the Award.

DS general assembly spring/summer 2017

Welcome to the General Assembly of the Doctoral Student Guild, the 1st of June in lecture hall KE (Chemistry building, main entrance and follow the signs). The time is set to *12.00 – 13.00*, and free lunch will be provided for anyone who registers here: before 25th of May, 23:59. The agenda has been sent to all registered PhD students email, the main issues will be election of our new board members and follow-up on the revision of our statutes. We hope to see you there!!

Underpaid doctoral student was proven right against Chalmers and is now back-paid retroactively

Here you can find a recent article (in Swedish) in Universitetsläraren about a scholarship student case at Chalmers. The student was entitled to a top-up payment from the department to reach similar pay as employed doctoral students (the regulations can be found on DS web page). Unfortunately he did not receive this during his time at Chalmers, but after a great job done by our DOMB and a labor union representative, he was able to receive the money retroactively.

Aila Särkkä: Research Supervisor of the Year 2016/2017

Aila Särkkä, Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is the winner of Chalmers Research Supervisor of the Year 2016/2017 Award.

The Chalmers University of Technology Research Supervisor of the Year 2016/2017 is awarded to Aila Särkkä, professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She excels in both scientific and soft aspects of supervision. Aila’s personalized approach, professionalism, responsiveness and availability to PhD students – not only limited to the PhD students Aila supervises – is highly valued in the department. Aila emphasizes both the professional and personal development of her PhD students. She is a role model for the PhD students she supervises, and for other supervisors in Chalmers.

Full text of the motivation letter is available here.