CITEC grants a second round of student scholarships

The Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University has awarded six scholarships to BA and MA students for a second time.The selection is based on students who are studying particularly successfully in the Bachelor and Master degree programmes at the faculties involved in the Center of Excellence – ranging from new students to ones who have almost completed their Masters.

The one-year scholarships are endowed with 1,200 Euro. Each scholarship holder is assigned a scientist as contact person and supervisor, enabling them to gain insights into the interdisciplinary research topics and the scientific culture of the Center even while they are still engaged in their studies. Since the winter semester 2010/2011, the following students are receiving a scholarship (faculty in parentheses):

Gerdis Anderson (Linguistics and Literary Studies)
  • Ben Niklas Balz (Physics)
  • Dennis Dal Mas (Psychology and Sports Science)
  • David Fleer (Technology)
  • Kirsten Hebrock (Psychology and Sports Science)
  • Arthur Legler (Biology)

The second round of scholarships continues CITEC's successful model for promoting young academics at Bielefeld University. The strategy of granting scholarships to keep promising students at the university has proved to be exceptionally successful. As well as closely tying all scholarship holders to the work of their research groups, one particularly positive experience from the first round of scholarships is that Michael Horst, one of the scholarship holders, is planning to continue working at the Center of Excellence CITEC to gain his PhD. The new round of scholarships can also claim its first success: The CITEC Master-scholarship holder Dennis Del Mas has recently had a scientific poster accepted for a conference in the United States.

The scholarship for David Fleer (Faculty of Technology) is being sponsored by SYNAXON AG. With this first venture into sponsoring, this IT technology company based in Bielefeld is further extending four years of successful cooperation within the framework of Master's theses. Registered on the Frankfurt stock exchange, SYNAXON AG is the largest IT retail association in Europe with more than 2,800 independent partners and about three billion Euro in annual external sales.