Doctoral School in Natural Sciences

Luonnontieteiden tutkijakoulu
Naturvetenskapliga forskarskolan

DOC­TORAL SCHOOL STEERING GROUP

Tutkijakoulun johtoryhmä
Styrgruppet för forskarskolan

Tommi Mäklin – Elected By voting

To put it simply, I wish to partake in further improving the quality of doctoral education at the University of Helsinki and in shaping its future direction. As a representative, I will promote, to the best of my ability, topics that I personally find important: equality, openness and inclusiveness in everything we do, and the many issues faced by PhD researchers in the academic workplace. In practice, these goals translate to voicing concerns about the lack of stable funding and career prospects for many enrolled students, addressing the feeling of not being treated equally or included in the academic community, and – most importantly – advocating for a healthy attitude towards academia and acknowledging mental and physical exhaustion from (un)willingly being overworked. Additionally, I will regularly communicate my progress in raising these issues; so, although the power of a single representative is limited, consider showing your support if my topics resonated with you.

Voting results

Candidate Votes
Evgeni Multia 16
Tommi Mäklin 39

DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN PARTICLE PHYS­ICS AND UNI­VERSE SCI­EN­CES

Alkeishiukkasfysiikan ja maailmankaikkeuden tutkimuksen tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i elementarpartikelfysik och kosmologi

Kimmo Kallonen – Elected By voting

Olen ensimmäistä vuotta tohtorikoulutettavana HIPin kokeellisen hiukkasfysiikan tutkimusryhmässä. Ennen valmistumistani maisteriksi olin aktiivisesti mukana useammassa opiskelijajärjestössä (Resonanssi ry, Geysir ry ja Matlu ry), joiden yksi tärkeimmistä tehtävistä on opiskelijoiden edustaminen ja edun ajaminen yliopistomaailmassa. Tohtoriohjelman johtoryhmän jäsenenä voin jatkaa samaa tehtävää jatko-opiskelijoiden tasolla ja pitää huolen siitä, että äänemme tulee kuulluksi johtoryhmän kokouksissa. Haluan erityisesti, että päätöksissä kiinnitetään huomiota jatko-opiskelijoiden hyvinvointiin.

I am a first-year PhD student working in HIP’s experimental paticle physics research group. Before I received my master of science degree, I was active in several student organizations (Resonanssi ry, Geysir ry and Matlu ry), which have the important task of representing the students and promoting their interests in the university. As a member of the steering group of the doctoral programme, I can continue with the same task at the PhD student level and I will make sure that our voice is heard in the steering group meetings. I especially want that the well-being of PhD students is being considered when the decisions are made.

Emma Mannfors – Elected By voting

I am interested in the steering group of my doctoral school because I want to affect the future of doctoral education. It is important also that astronomy students are represented in the doctoral school. Observational astronomy students have different needs to those working in theoretical fields, for example with a larger need to travel to perform observations. In addition to the above, student wellbeing is important to me. I want to make sure policies of the doctoral school support the academic development of students, but not at the expense of the grad students’ health.

Voting results

Candidate Votes
Harriot George 1
Kimmo Kallonen 4
Emma Mannfros 4

DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN GEOSCIENCES

Geotieteiden tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i geovetenskap

Minja Seitsamo-Ryynänen – Elected Without a Vote

Being part of the steering group would be an effective way to be involved with matters affecting our education. As a member of the steering group, I would
– actively contribute to the decision making aiming to improve our doctoral education.
– make sure important information travels between doctoral students and the steering group.
– not hesitate to voice out any problems doctoral students are experiencing.

Annukka Rintamäki – Elected Without a Vote

Olen kiinnostunut tehtävästä, sillä haluan osallistua tohtorikoulutuksen kehittämiseen.

I would like to take part in developing doctoral education.


DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN AT­MO­SPHERIC SCI­EN­CES

Ilmakehätieteiden tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i atmosfärvetenskap

Magdalena Okuljar – Elected Without a Vote

I am Magdalena and I moved to Finland from Poland in 2017, after I have spent one semester as an ERASMUS+ student at University of Helsinki. Currently, I am a second year PhD student at the Doctoral program of Atmospheric Science. My research focuses on air quality in Helsinki. In addition to my scientific work, I am engaging myself in the life of INAR community – organize INAR social Thursday, help with organizing INAR Christmas party, taking care of coffee room supplies. During my free time, I am taking a painting course, and trying to learn to play a guitar. I applied for a doctoral candidate representative in steering group, because I would like to contribute to improvement of every PhD student life at the University of Helsinki.

Dina Alfouri- Elected Without a Vote


DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN CHEM­ISTRY AND MO­LECU­LAR SCI­EN­CES

Kemian ja molekyylitieteiden tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i kemi och molekylära vetenskaper

Evgen Multia – Elected Without a Vote

Olen kiinnostunut toimimaan tohtoriohjelmani johtoryhmässä, sillä haluan olla mukana vaikuttamassa tohtoriohjelmani kehitykseen. Koen, että ohjelmalla on paljon mahdollisuuksia kehittyä tukemaan opiskelijoita vielä enemmän väitöskirjan tekemisessä. Johtoryhmän jäsenenä keskittyisin erityisesti käänteisen opetuksen lisäämiseen tohtoriopintoihin. Myös tohtoriohjelmani opiskelijoiden välisen yhteistyön lisääminen on yksi kiinnostuksen kohteista. Minulla on kaksi alempaa ja ylempää korkeakoulututkintoa (Helsingin yliopisto ja Aalto-yliopisto) sekä yli 700 opintopistettä suoritettuja korkeakouluopintoja. Olen siis opiskellut monenlaisilla kursseilla ja kokenut Suomen korkeakoulumaailmaa monipuolisesti. Tästä kokemuksesta uskon olevan hyötyä johtoryhmän jäsenenä ja tohtoriohjelmani tohtorikoulutuksen kehityksen edistämisessä. Olen myös suorittanut yliopistopedagogiikan kursseja ja oppinut hyvän opetuksen periaatteita. Koen siis olevani valmis edistämään tohtorikouluni kehitystä ja uskon kokemuksestani olevan hyötyä johtoryhmässä.

I am interested in becoming doctoral candidate representative, since I want to be involved in influencing the development of the doctoral program. I feel that the program has a lot of potential to evolve to support students even more in their doctoral dissertation. As a member of the steering group, I would particularly focus on adding flipped classroom learning in doctoral studies. Increasing collaboration between students in my doctoral program is also one of my interests. I have two undergraduate and graduate degrees (University of Helsinki and Aalto University) and over 700 completed credits of higher education. I have thus studied a wide range of courses and experienced Finnish academic environment thoroughly. I believe that this experience will be useful for me as a member of the steering group and in promoting the development of my doctoral program. I have also completed a university pedagogy courses and learned the principles of good teaching. Therefore, I feel that I am ready to contribute to the development of my doctoral school and I believe that my experience will be useful in the steering group.

Daniel Rico del cerro – Elected Without a Vote

I have been participating as PhD representative from now almost 2 years. I consider quite important than the PhD student have representation take into account in the board meeting of the doctoral school, so they are aware about what is going on. We have recently work in opening an electronic form where students an write their feedback to the doctoral programme which have been discussed and even we organised a well being meeting regarding this issues to try to address it. I consider very important to do things in the correct way. Being PhD representative, gave us the opportunity to be in direct contact with the board of the doctoral programme and they listen to us (as a group of their students) taking into account our concerns in a serious way. I am aware that not too many students would not apply for it. Even more, that many students do not think that this will be helpful at all… It is a pity. That is why I would like to apply again, to continue helping and trying to make the doctoral programme bit better for everyone. We have the tools and the opportunity to help each other, so lets use it. Thank you very much for your consideration.


DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN MATHEMATICS AND STAT­IST­ICS

Matematiikan ja tilastotieteen tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i matematik och statistik

Eugenia Franco – Elected Without a Vote

I am interested in the position because I would like to improve the well-being of PhD students. I have personal experience regarding some problems that might arise during to the PhD and I think this experience might be helpful for other PhD students. I am interested in understanding how fundings are managed and make sure that money is used for the interest of all the students. I would like to help new Doctoral students to understand how the University infrastructures work.

Kalle Koskinen – Elected Without a Vote

I am interested in this position as a first step towards understanding, participating, and, hopefully, improving the decision making process of the steering group with an emphasis on the students’ points of view. My main focus would be the consideration of policies from a ground-level perspective as a PhD. student, while simultaneously keeping in mind the realities and limitations from the perspective of the University. I offer a strong and fair voice to represent the doctoral students of our program, and, in addition to mandatory duties related to the steering group, I will also aim to maintain and improve the more regular events, such as the DOMAST monthly meet-up, which are available to our doctoral students.


DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN MA­TER­I­ALS RESEARCH AND NANOS­CIENCES

Materiaalitutkimuksen ja nanotieteiden tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i materialforskning och nanovetenskap

Ville Jantunen – Elected Without a Vote

I have some experience on masters level student representative work and I know to open my mouth when university staff sometimes forget to consider younger researchers or students in their decisions. I also know the importance of keeping track on what other phd-researchers think and not to push my own agenda but to be a voice for the larger community even if it conflicts my own views.

Katri Nousiainen – Elected Without a Vote

I started my doctoral studies in Spring 2019 and I am pursuing MATRENA’s study track on Medical Physics. This year I have been employed by Helsinki University Hospital and the Finnish Radiation Authority, and I am carrying on my doctoral studies part-time. In the MATRENA board I would stand especially for those, who are pursuing self-funded part-time doctoral studies. For example, I would speak out for those, who struggle with the uncertainty of the self-funding and with the lack of a solid research group around them, or who have difficulties in attending the mandatory courses and events at the campuses. My main concern is the mental health of the fellow doctoral candidates. In the MATRENA board, I would pay attention to the means the board exercises to help students in coping with workload and stress, and to ensure that everybody has a necessary support network.


DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME IN COM­PUTER SCI­ENCE

Tietojenkäsittelytieteen tohtoriohjelma
Dokgorandprogrammet i datavetenskap

Tommi Mäklin – Elected Without a Vote

To put it simply, I wish to partake in further improving the quality of doctoral education at the University of Helsinki and in shaping its future direction. As a representative, I will promote, to the best of my ability, topics that I personally find important: equality, openness and inclusiveness in everything we do, and the many issues faced by PhD researchers in the academic workplace. In practice, these goals translate to voicing concerns about the lack of stable funding and career prospects for many enrolled students, addressing the feeling of not being treated equally or included in the academic community, and – most importantly – advocating for a healthy attitude towards academia and acknowledging mental and physical exhaustion from (un)willingly being overworked. Additionally, I will regularly communicate my progress in raising these issues; so, although the power of a single representative is limited, consider showing your support if my topics resonated with you.

Sardana Ivanova – Elected Without a Vote

I think that topics of equality and diversity are very important. I hope I will bring international and diverse perspective to the work of the committee, because I am a representative of an indigenous people from Siberia. When I first started working in the university I had an employment contract. Then further I was funded by a one year grant. Thus, I have various experiences in matter of funding. It would be great if every doctoral student’s position will be equal regardless of a source of funding. During my undergraduate studies in North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk, Russia) I served as an academic leader and representative to the faculty on behalf of three groups of university students, between 8 and 15 people each. I would like to try serving as an PhD representative in steering committee of my doctoral program.