My iMOS Internship at the University of California

From September until December 2014 I did my iMOS internship at the University of California, Irvine. I joined the Tobias group which focuses on molecular dynamics simulation of biomolecular structure. My job was to simulate Hv1(a proton channel in a variety of organisms) under a depolarizing potential in order to investigate the opening mechanism of the channel. Fortunately for that purpose we got 75.000h computational time on Anton which is one of the fastest supercomputers for MD simulations. These simulations provided some interesting information about the opening mechanism and the work will be published soon.

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University of California, Irvine

I lived off-campus and shared a small house with five guys. Even though I just had approximately 20sq m the rent was about $950 per month. Finding a place to live in Irvine for such a short period is very difficult and expensive and if you are thinking about doing your internship in Irvine as well, search and apply for housing as soon as possible. The city itself is one of the safest places in the USA. It is very modern and beautiful as well. The university is around 5 miles away from the beach and the beaches in California are just awesome. When I arrived the temperature was about 32 degrees Celsius and during my time it did not go below 20 degrees. That is one reason for living in California. The other reason is UCI. It is one of the best public universities in the USA and the campus is modern, clean and well organized. The faculties are located around the Aldrich Park which is a botanical garden and the heart of UCI. There is no canteen or something comparable as known from Germany but there are several restaurants such as Subway, Panda Express or Blaze Pizza.

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San Francisco

During my time I met lots of nice people, visited a few beaches of California and did a short trip to San Francisco with another iMOS student from Santa Barbara. Overall I enjoyed my time really much and can highly recommend UCI and especially the Tobias group for doing an internship. Last but not least I would like to thank Prof Marx who not only arranged the internship but rather gave me the opportunity being a part of such a great group.

Link to University of California

Link to  Master course in Molecular Sciences and Simulation (iMOS) at Ruhr-University Bochum


About the Author

Henfrik GoddekeHendrik Göddeke was born in Meschede and holds a BSc in Molecular Biology with a focus on Bioinformatics from Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen. He then moved to Bochum for iMOS. The international course was carried out in the Tobias lab at UC Irvine. He finished iMOS in September 2015 and is now doing his PhD in the Schäfer group.

Traditional RESOLV ECR Football Tournament 2015

The tradition continues. As part of the annual Early Career Researcher Summer Party of the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV, the ECR Football Tournament (NC-Fußballturnier) took place on 16 September 2015 at the football field behind the GB Building.

The Players Greeting Each Other

The Players Greeting Each Other

All groups within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry were invited to participate. The participants of this year were “Photonics” from the work group of Physical Chemistry II, Physical Chemistry I, “Elanos” from Analytical Chemistry, “Schlenkchester United” from Inorganic Chemistry and “AK Huber” from Organic Chemistry I. Since there were only five teams, every team had chance to play against each other simultaneously on two different courts. After this exciting period from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, the teams of the final match were decided.

After a break, the final game started and everybody hold their breath: The winner team was “Photonics” again, for the fifth time since 2011, so they get five stars now.

The Winner Team "Photonics"

The Winner Team “Photonics”

The winners of the previous years were “Real Chlorid” in 2005 and 2006, “Verwaltung” in 2008, “Reaktor 04”, “O Zeh Zwo” in 2009 and “Reaktor 04” again in 2010.

Barbeque After the Tournament

Barbeque After the Tournament

Drinks and BBQ were not also forgotten after the tournament. Even though there was a little drizzle, it was a thrilling and joyous tournament.  The eyes are now on the next year’s tournament.


The more detailed information about the event can be found in the poster below:

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Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Debating with the VIPs of science at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Saul Perlmutter

Saul Perlmutter

One moment, you have Saul Perlmutter making vivid appeal for more education about the process of science. The next moment, Dan Shechtman recalls the moment he discovered quasiperiodic chrystals only to be facing more than a decade of opposition from the science establishment. You turn around and Wole Soyinka is debating the role of education in fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria. It is quite clear that you have to brace yourself for an overwhelming experience of debating science and its role in society with some of the brightest minds, when you participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. I was given the opportunity to be one of 650 young researchers from all over the world who took part in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2015. We had the privilege to spend six days in the company of each other and 65 nobel laureates from the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Physiology/Medicine as well as Wole Soyinka (1986 Nobel Laureate for Literature) and Kailash Satyarthi (2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate).

As I am working and researching in the field of science education, it was particularly interesting for me to see how passionate many of the Nobel laureates as well as my fellow young researchers are about education. Dan Shechtman, for example, appears in a show for young children on the Israeli television called “Being a scientist with Professor Dan”. Saul Perlmutter takes his lead from Jane Austen and calls his lecture series for the general public “Sense and Sensibility and Science”. Many of the young researchers also try to find new ways of engaging people with science. A young physics PhD from UC Santa Barbara organizes summer courses for high school teachers, where they can get in touch with cutting-edge research. Another young researcher from Cologne wants to organize and film science slams on current topics like global warming and renewable energy where leading scientists explain their view of the issue for high school students.

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Martin Chalfie

Personally, I was especially proud to meet Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien whose work on the green fluorescent protein (GFP) has inspired the Alfried Krupp School Lab project that RESOLV is offering for high school students at the Ruhr-University. It adds to the authenticity of the project that I can now report a personal meeting with these distinguished researchers. Altogether, I was keen throughout the meeting to listen to the ideas of the Nobel laureates and my fellow young researchers but also to offer my ideas and opinions to the discussions. I hope that other young researchers within RESOLV will be offered the opportunity to participate in this meeting during the years to come.


You can find a short interview with Christian Strippel on Lindau Meeting in the “Three questions for…” part of 2/2015 issue of RUBIN magazine.


About the Author

@ RUB, Foto: Nelle

Christian Strippel was born 1988 in Bochum and holds a M.Ed. in Chemistry and English. His (scientific) motto of life is: “Fortune favours the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
He studied in Cambridge (UK) for one year and holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Chemistry, University of Cambridge). Currently, he works on his Ph.D. project “Communication about scientific inquiry during experimentation”.

iMOS Course at First Glance

Arriving at a country where you have never been before, knowing that you will continue your life there for a certain period of time, gives you a fresh dash. Instead of the accustomed environment, the unfamiliar things will make you explore them. In my 22 years I have had about seven moves, went to four different primary schools, so regularly changing the surroundings are part of my being. After London, Bochum in Germany is the second foreign city where I have lived for longer term. New place, new level of education. That’s what it means for me coming to the Ruhr-University for the Master course in Molecular Sciences and Simulation (iMOS).

I met the opportunity of studying here in early August, when I was in London, carrying out a 6-months internship in a laboratory of physical and theoretical chemistry with Erasmus scholarship. A German student from Ruhr-University visited the lab for two weeks, he was in his final year of the iMOS program. Based on his description of the course, and after reading the information on its website, I decided to apply, however, I had already been accepted for two other master’s in London. The application process went smoothly, after reading through my application profile the course director invited me for a skype-interview, and within about two weeks I received the acceptance letter. Except the secured student accommodation, I didn’t have a detailed view of how I would finance myself -as it was too late for applying to a scholarship-, but thank to the helpfulness of the science manager of the course, everything has worked out.

I arrived on 7th October, two weeks before the start of the lectures. The first days were about administration at the university and registration at ‘Rathaus’ of Bochum. Besides, I explored the city centre, the shops and the beautiful area of Kemnader-See with some of my housemates. In the first week of the semester we were given an introduction to each course, and also our science manager toured us around the huge campus. The major destination in every building was of course the ‘Cafeteria’!

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Kemnader-See

The iMOS group is very diverse in terms of the countries represented, my six course-mates are from Germany, China, Thailand, Turkey and Afghanistan, and I am Hungarian. Three males, four females. Most of us came here with a bachelor in chemistry, except Özlem, who studied chemical engineering, and Yichen has a degree in physics. Our study plan is busy on Mondays and Tuesdays, having lectures from 8/9am till 4/6pm, but the weekdays afterwards are easier, with 1 or 2 seminars. The work continues at home with reviewing and learning the thought topics, and preparing exercises, homeworks. This Molecular Sciences and Simulation master’s is a very unique course, it is based on 21st century’s most emerging scientific area, that is quantum mechanics.


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Quantum mechanics is the universal language of describing the properties and behaviour of matter, determined at the atomic scale. We should never believe that scientific knowledge is absolute, since we can only depict systems after introducing artificial constraints, instead of grasping the entire phenomena at once. Quantum mechanics is, however, the most precise approximation to the reality today, taking into account many variables to qualitatively predict or explain phenomena. The very core of life itself is researched from the aspect of quantum mechanics. It seems that the former, classical descriptions of existence’s different fields (such as mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry) unite to form a universal picture.


How can we understand quantum mechanics? My conception for that is:
Anything can be learned, if the order and magnitude of steps in the study process is consequently structured. Since scientific knowledge is being built by humans, we don’t necessarily need to understand everything, in many cases we just need to accept and work with the definitions and concepts previously led down by the relevant scientists (or find our own interpretation!). This applies to quantum mechanics as well. First we need to ‘speak’ a good level of mathematics to be able to understand the procedure of how quantum mechanics has been developed. After that we can get an insight into the areas and methodology of its application for a broad spectra of research topics. After acquiring the appropriate amount of theoretical knowledge and experience, we can then use the concepts and experimental tools (eg. softwares such as Gromacs, Gaussian 09 etc.) to study our own scientific questions we are interested in.

The iMOS course is an excellent program, guiding us through the above mentioned  stages, starting with the basics of quantum mechanics. Lecturers give every support to us during their presentations and we can also contact them in their office hours to ask for their help in understanding the subject. Sometimes the explanation for a specific abstract phenomena will be given with a very humorous picture.

I am convinced that the next two years of my stay here in Bochum will provide many excellent opportunities for me to progress in both my professional and personal life, and so I am very glad I could start this course.

Link to  Master course in Molecular Sciences and Simulation (iMOS) at Ruhr-University Bochum


About the Author

Debora Beeri is one of the new iMOS-students in this Wintersemester 2015/16 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She obtained her Chemistry BSc degree in Hungary, after which she went to London for a six-months internship in a Theoretical Chemistry lab, where she gained research experience.

My Stay Abroad at the Ohio State University

Within the framework of the Resolv GSS Program, I was able to take an exciting journey to the United States of America. In June of 2014 I had my farewell party with all my friends and colleagues, at which we watched the Fußball-WM match of Germany vs. Ghana. Although the game ended only 2:2, this did not stop us from having quite the party.  One week later, I was already sitting in the plane across the Atlantic. The flight was long enough for me to refresh my English language skills by watching three Hollywood movies (Robocop, Saving Mr. Banks and The Amazing Spiderman 2), after which I felt sufficiently prepared for the many challenges laying ahead.

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Ohio State Stadium

Arriving at the Columbus Airport was quite the biorhythmic shock for two reasons: For one thing, the sun was still up! I had arrived at 7:30 pm local time… which to my German rhythm of course was in the middle of the night (6 hour time delay…); and for another thing, it was soo hot! I was soon to learn that in Ohio the summers are very hot and very wet… torrent-like downpours which turn streets into rivers taking turns with parching heat is a common weather phenomenon in Ohio, which gave every trip during lunch break the potential for an adventure! But most of the time, the warm weather was very pleasant.
I was lucky enough to have one of my soon-to-be lab mates pick me up at the airport and drive me around, showing me the important places: where I could get groceries, where I could get an American sim card for my phone, and most importantly, where I could get an American plug adapter for my computer. Finally I was brought to my new (temporary) home, and after unpacking a few things, I dropped asleep in my new bed.

Olentangy River

Olentangy River

During my first month I lived in a big house shared by eight exchange students from all over the world: China, Argentina, Botswana, Brazil and Australia… quite the multi-cultural experience, which America of course should be! From there I could walk to the University in 10 minutes, which was nice. The second and third month I had a room in a private home, which was just as crowded, housing the two home owners, their two dogs and their five cats. I was never bored at this place! It was quite far away from the university, but since it was summer, I was able to take the six miles there and back again each day by bike, driving along the beautiful Olentangy River. If I were staying for a longer time, let’s say a year or so, I would definitely try to get a cheap, used car… most of America’s streets is simply not made for pedestrians.

New_York_Skyline

New York Skyline

Luckily I had arrived on a Friday evening, so I had at least two days to adjust my inner clock and to settle in, before starting to work. Walking around suburbia I saw all the American peculiarities that I only knew from Hollywood, which made me feel like walking in a movie: concrete slap walkways, wooden telephone poles, front porches, back streets, way too complicated parking signs… it’s the little differences that get you. And, of course, everything was bigger in the US: the insects chirping in the trees, the animals in your yard, the cars, the thunderstorms, and Walmart.


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Anyway, after the initial weekend I started working at the Ohio State University. I worked in the lab of Prof. Heather Allen doing sum frequency generation (SFG) experiments, surface tension measurements, surface potential measurements and Raman spectroscopic studies on various salt solutions. At the Ruhr Universität Bochum I had already investigated the THz/FIR absorption of these salt solutions, which told me something about the number of water molecules that are strongly affected by the ions, the vibrational modes of hydrated complexes and the concentration dependent affinity towards ion pairing. Complementary to THz absorption spectroscopy, which is a method to investigate bulk solutions, I wanted to use interface selective methods to investigate the air-solution interface. The main reason for my trip to Ohio was therefore to use the aforementioned methods to investigate the effect the salts have on the water surface properties, the different propensities of different ions towards the surface, and whether we see an effect of ion pairing.


Compared to our group in Germany, the group of Dr. Allen was rather small, consisting of around 10 people at the time. Everyone I met was very friendly and helpful if needed, and I became friends with pretty much all of the team very quickly. During my first week we already had a potluck with the whole group and went to watch the city’s fireworks for the 4th of July celebration, which was quite spectacular! I also made some of my colleagues take me to other trips on the weekends, like the Columbus Zoo, the science museum COSI, the Kings Island amusement park,  a dime-a-dog baseball game (5 hot dogs for 50 cents!!), and a college football game, which is always a huge event in the US (with cheerleaders and marching band and everything… GO BUCKEYES!) I even got the chance to visit New York for a weekend, which was one of my personal highlights of my stay abroad.

I managed to obtain a lot of interesting results for my salt solutions, but not in the way originally planned. One of the instruments stopped working shortly before I arrived, and we could not get it running until my last week in the US. I had to improvise a bit, but luckily there were several other instruments I was able to use. Things worked out quite well, and I hope to publish some of my results soon.

In the end I not only got a lot of nice measurements done, but I also met many interesting and nice people and had lots of fun during my three months at the Ohio State University.

Link to Graduate School of Solvation Science

Link to Ohio State University


About the Author

 Fabian Böhm, born in 1986, is a child of the Ruhr-area. He obtained his M. Sc. in Chemistry at the Ruhr-University and is currently working on his PhD thesis about the investigation of hydrophilic and hydrophobic hydration with THz spectroscopy. His scientific Motto: “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Great Science in the Middle of Nowhere

 My research stay at Purdue University, IN, USA
by Laura J.B. Wollny

In Spring 2015, the RESOLV Graduate School Solvation Science gave me the opportunity for a two month research stay in the laboratory of Prof. Zwier at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, to advance my PhD project. I reached Indiana at the end of February, and while in Bochum the spring was already arriving, the winter still clung to the midwest with snow and freezing cold. Luckily, all my new colleagues and staff at the university were the total opposite of the weather and gave me a warm welcome. During my stay, they supported and helped me a lot and I really had the feeling of being a part of the group and the university.

My research project was the investigation of two small biomolecules (cyclic tetrapeptides mimicking β-turns) that had been synthesized in Bochum by another GSS PhD student. Two small samples of these fine white powders were shipped from Bochum to the US in the middle of February but were held up in Customs at the Detroit airport. So my first task was to get my samples released, which took almost three additional weeks and numerous calls by my US lab colleague. With six weeks left before returning I finally began my investigation.

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Purdue University


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Instrument I used.

My experiment consist in bringing the small molecules into a vacuum chamber by ablating them from a graphite rod with a laser beam and then measuring the wavelengths at which they absorb the light of a second laser beam. By comparing the absorption spectrum with calculated spectra we can deduce the three dimensional structure – the conformation – of the molecule, which aides in determining the function of biomolecules. The main reason for my stay at Purdue University was that they have lasers there that produce light in another wavelength regime than the ones we have in our lab. With the information from the additional wavelength regions we can determine the conformation more unambiguously. Apart from the laser source, the apparatus at Purdue looks quite similar to our instrument in Bochum and a lot of the components are the same. Therefore, I quickly felt familiar with the set-up.


The two small towns where Purdue is located are Lafayette and West Lafayette and they are in the middle of nowhere in Indiana. Their advertisement claim is “Two great cities, one great university,” which is, as I think, way better than Bochum’s “UniverCity.” Unfortunately, this is the only thing that the home of Purdue is ahead of Bochum: there is not much to do and to experience in Lafayette/West Lafayette except the university. The weekend highlights were taking part in a 5k charity run with the whole group and doing trips to Indianapolis and Chicago with two really nice colleagues. With my accommodation I also had some luck: a student from Prof. Zwier’s lab came to Bochum in my place, which meant we could interchange our flats and office places. My new place was located directly off Lafayette’s Main Street, in a nice old building with high ceilings and decorated affectionately with all kinds of American sports memorabilia. The good things about living in a quieter area are that even on Main Street nothing can disturb your sleep on a Friday night and not much can distract you from research.

I had no time after the three-week delay in obtaining my samples, especially because the project was more demanding than I had thought and I had to try all kinds of conditions to get good absorption spectra. In the end, I worked until the last possible minute and I wished I could have stayed just one more week. But it was time to go home and I really almost made it to measure in all the wavelength regions as planned in the beginning. Of course I was happy to see my family and friends here in Bochum and to return to Bochum itself, but I have to say that I really enjoyed working in the Zwier lab. The atmosphere was great, Prof. Zwier was always considerate and his team a great help. It was a wonderful experience, I would do it again and I can recommend it to everyone who has the chance.

Link to Graduate School Solvation Science

Link to Purdue University


About the Author

Laura WollnyLaura Wollny was born in 1987 in Essen. She obtained her M. Sc. in Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and her B. Sc. in Chemistry from the Universität Duisburg-Essen. Currently she works on her PhD thesis about IR spectroscopy on isolated molecules and their clusters in the group of Prof. Havenith.

From the Perspective of a New iMOS Student

When I thought about doing a Master’s degree, the image in my mind was to follow my dreams. I always had the ambition to learn more in detail about the physical world around me. It was the world of atoms and molecules which was quickening my pulse and whispering me: “Apply for a Master’s program on molecular simulations and spectroscopy”. That’s how I found out about the iMOS program. Then started the journey of applications.

The application to the iMOS program is very easy. One of the things that you may like is that in Germany, most of the universities do not require an English language test such as IELTS or TOEFL if your language of study was English in your Bachelor’s degree. The rest of the documents are mostly to be sure that you are applying for the program that you really want to study. You can find the whole set of required documents from the iMOS web page.

Now, I want to talk about my visa application process, because it can be very daunting for the applicants from non-EU countries. I am from Turkey and this was the first time for me to go abroad. So the whole process was very unfamiliar to me. There is a list of required documents which you can check from the embassy’s website for a national visa for educational purposes. For me the most time consuming part of the story was to get the proof of my financial resources. There are a number of ways to do it. You can present a scholarship award notification which makes everything easier. You can also get a guarantee, if someone with permanent residence in Germany is willing to take responsibility. This guarantee, called “Verpflichtungserklärung” in German, can be get by your guarantor. If you can get hold of one of these this would be a good option.

Another option is to open a blocked account which is what I used for my visa application. You need to make a security payment with an amount of one year of living expenses. This was a minimum of € 8,040 during my application for visa. But there is also € 50 fee billed for the registration of blocking account, so you need to transfer at least € 8,090 to the account. The procedure is different for each bank. In my case, I opened the account from Deutsche Bank. For the case of Deutsche Bank, you need to sign the application form in the presence of an embassy official. For this approval I got an appointment online and went to the embassy with my passport and admission letter. This approval cost €20. Afterwards, I posted the application form to the Hamburg branch of Deutsche Bank together with my admission letter from the university and a copy of my passport with express post. Unfortunately, it took more than a month for the post to reach because Deutsche Post was on a strike. In the following week I got an e-mail regarding the opening of my bank account. Then I delivered the required amount via a SWIFT.This also takes a few days. After the money transferred, I got a second e-mail proving the blocked amount.

And voilà! This is the document that you need to print out and give to the embassy for your visa application. If you survived until now nothing can stop you. In my case it took even longer than getting my visa. Including the time I spent to get the required documents, in total it took around two months to get the visa. So I recommend you to do everything as early as possible so that you can cheerfully buy the cheapest ticket without carrying the worry of not getting the visa until then.

The first place I came to was not Bochum. I went to Munich to visit a friend from university. Meanwhile I had the chance to have a smooth adaptation period to the German culture. It might sound funny but the first moment I saw a squirrel was very fascinating for me. It was the first time in my life that I was seeing a living squirrel. But it is a usual thing in here. Because in Germany they have a lot of oak trees. Oak tree is called “Eiche” in German, and a squirrel is called “Eichhörnchen”. I think, it is also a cuddly word to pronounce.

View from the top of Hoher Fricken facing Kloster Ettal

While in Munich I also went hiking in the Alps. We climbed the Hoher Fricken, a mountain in the Bavarian Prealps. There was a little fog in the morning but it faded and a sunny day encouraged us. We came across with a lot of nature lovers during our walk. There was even a woman who was hiking with her dog. I strongly recommend you to see the Alpine region. If you go to Munich, also keep in mind that on Sundays the entry fee to most of the museums is only € 1. During my time in Munich I also had chance to listen some seminars in the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. The Max Planck Society is one the biggest societies in Germany in research. As a person interested in natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and/or the humanities you will be fascinated with this society and they are everywhere in Germany!

The orientation week was to start at the third week of October. Therefore, I bought my ticket to Bochum for the beginning of October so that I had enough time to settle. The cost of a room is generally € 260 per month. My room was without furniture but I found almost everything for free. If you are also considering renting a flat without furniture, it is not that hard to find cheap or free furniture, though it will take some time and effort. I enrolled to the university and applied for the residence permit in the first week of October. However, you can also do these in the orientation week, because there are volunteers helping you. But if you want to extent your residence permit yourself, I can explain briefly. You should first register at the city with your contract for your flat. Now with your approved address, you can apply for the activation of your Deutsche Bank account and discharge required amount for the visa extension fee, if you don’t have it in cash already. For the visa extension you need to get an appointment from the Foreign Citizens’ Office and go there with the required documents. When I was finished with those I was very eager to start the lectures.

19th of October, I met with the other iMOS students. It was Lisa who suggested this small meeting just before we were going to our first lecture. Now I am in my third week and it is fascinating to get more into spectroscopic techniques and molecular interactions. As a part of Dynamics and Simulation course we also make simulations using GROMACS package. For example, this week we calculated diffusivity of Argon in Argon for solid, liquid and gas phases looking at the change of mean squared displacement within time. Maybe it does not sound very fancy but when you know the basics, you can put on it! We also have courses on quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics which are very supportive to understand the other courses in depth.

Now after my first month in Bochum, I can say that there is a lot to live here. I already feel like at home. Here the nature touches your soul. I regularly join the running group of the “Hochschulsport” of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and enjoy the beauty of Kemnader Lake and the forest. If you are interested there is also a Music and Arts Center in the university. Here, I am practicing piano. To take a little break I sometimes go the studios and work there with wood, paints, etching in brief almost anything you would like work with. You can work on your own or you can take courses. To be allowed to use these studios, you need to pay € 35 per semester but it includes the materials as well.

I am wondering what the future will bring, but now I feel like I am following my dreams.


About the Author

oezlem-yoenderÖzlem Yönder was born 1991 in Ankara and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. After her degree, she started a Master’s program there; however, after deciding she wants to learn in depth molecular simulation and characterization techniques she didn’t complete her MSc degree in engineering. Instead, she currently studies in Molecular Sciences with a Focus on Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS) program at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.