1. How did you become part of the Jung DGM?
The first time that I heard about the work of the DGM was through one of my professors at Saarland University. However, I only became a Member at a later time when I was awarded a scholarship and a free membership to the DGM due to my good grades.
I was curious to know on which way young researchers could become involved in the Association. The opportunity to answer all of my questions arrived when I received an invitation to attend the Nachwuchs forum in Cologne. The meeting was very interesting because I got to meet other like-minded students who were also interested in the organization of workshops, training lectures or discussing about career prospects. This, was the place when the whole idea of building a Jung-DGM in Saarbrucken began.
2. Which are the things that you value the most of being a Member of the DGM?
I like the opportunities that the DGM creates for us, young material scientists, so we can get to know each other, our research or to discuss career prospects. The DGM creates a positive environment in which we can exchange experiences or discuss different topics on materials science with professors, people from the industry and of course, other students from all across Germany.
In the Jung-DGM Saarbrucken we receive support by the DGM in order to organize excursions to different companies such as Villeroy & Bosch, Dillinger Hütte, New Halberg Guss, amongst others. In my perspective, this is very good as we can get a real insight on the broad possibilities of working in materials science.
3. Can you tell us about your presentation in the Student Session speech contest in the frame of the MSE? How were the results?
The presentation was entitled “Optimization of a Modular Multiple Molding Process to Characterize the Influence of Microfeature Characteristics on their Tissue Interaction”. The research analyses the development and testing of new and versatile adhesive structures for medical applications with a special emphasis on wet adhesion and bioinspiration. It was developed in the framework of a collaboration between the Leibniz Institute for New Materials and Harvard Medical School.
For this presentation I won the first place in the Student Session and I must say I felt incredibly happy when the results were announced. The prize is a voucher for 300 EUR for books from Springer publishing house.
4. You went on a six month student exchange to the MIT in the United States. How was the experience, would you recommend it to other students?
During the exchange semester that I spent in the United States I learnt a lot at University, but I also learnt a lot about myself. The experience was very good and I would definitely recommend it to other students. During those months I got to meet many scientists and all the experiences broadened my mind in many ways. Going abroad also puts into perspective the way things work back home. For example, the scientific work is very different in Germany as it is in the United States. I was very used to the networking spirit in Germany and in the United States everything is very competitive.
5. Last but not least, what would recommend to do on one-day visit to Saarbrucken?
I would recommend to follow the beautiful cycling paths that go all along the banks of the Saar river and that pass through winemaking villages and vineyards. If you want to go for a walk, you should visit the gorgeous natural landscape surrounding Saarland University with its hilly and green forests. However, if you prefer to relax there are small coffee places, bistros and shops in the old city centre. Being the city so close to France you can enjoy the best of its cuisine while being still in Germany!
Sarah Fischer is a PhD student at Saarland University and a Member of the Jung-DGM Saarbrucken. In her free time she enjoys practicing ballroom dancing, reading, baking and discovering new cities by foot armed with a photo camera.