Study pilots Biology and Biochemistry

Who we are

Dr. Catherine Archer

Dr. Stephanie Wittig-Blaich

Dr. Lena John

As study pilots we mediate between students and academics and offer support for students during phases of transition e.g. change from Bachelor into Master programs.

Besides, we are involved in organizational tasks within the orientation semester for prospective Bachelor students and give lectures and practical trainings in a pre-masters course for biological study programs at Ulm University.

Our projects

  • Common guidelines for protocol writing in practical courses

    Lab reports or protocols in biology are based on scientific articles concerning structure and format. The biological institutes agreed on common general rules. Guidelines for protocol writing can be found here.

  • Online course "Word für Protokolle und Abschlussarbeiten“

    This Moodle course (only available in German) offers support to students writing reports, protocols and theses with Microsoft Word. It contains a forum for mutual exchange about problems with Word and many examples of use created by students. Students can login with the password “Wordfürmich”.

  • Online course about scientific writing

    This course (only available in German) is intended for Bachelor and teaching students of Biology and Biochemistry. It contains basics of scientific writing in a Bachelor or state examination thesis. The password for the Moodle course is: Bachelorarbeit.

  • Advice in finding a Bachelor thesis

    we provide advice and support for students looking for a place to do their Bachelor thesis.

  • Guided tour of institutes

    In guided tours, the biological institutes of the Ulm University present themselves to Biology and Biochemistry students. During the tours, students get insight into the scientific work of professors, academic staff and postgraduates. They also get help in making a decision for their study focus and thesis topic.

  • Pre-courses for Bachelor and Master programs

    Ulm University offers pre-courses for orientation and preparation for Bachelor and Master students in the summer term. High-school graduates get an introduction to student life in an orientation semester, students with a Bachelor degree get prepared for the challenges of a Master study program in the Pre-Master's Course.

  • Module Online-tool development

    In the two semester course “online-tool development”, students build up online content and applications assisting and supporting others in their study of biology. They develop own projects during the first semester and transfer them into appropriate applications. In the second semester, these applications are evaluated by testing them on the target audience and evaluating their effect on knowledge gain. The course is accompanied by lectures on service-learning, didactics and statistical data analysis.

    In this module, students:

    • Learn to apply disciplinary knowledge
    • Use moodle or other IT infrastructures offered by Ulm University
    • Get insight into service learning
    • Get insight into didactic methods
    • Plan, conduct and evaluate their own projects
    • Evaluate and present their results

     

    A total of 12 credit points are awarded for the successful participation in the module.

  • Mentorship "self-regulated learning"

    With the Mentorship we want to help first-year students of the Bachelor's programmes in Biology and Biochemistry to find suitable motivation, learning and work strategies as well as strategies for time management and stress management in order to cope with the new demands of their studies.

Further useful proposals

  • "Prospects in the Biosciences"

    The seminar introduces career choices for students of the life sciences. Professionals with scientific background from various areas report about their job for example in industry or conservation. The seminar is very interesting especially for students about to finish their study program or to choose their focus of study.

  • Student assistant training

    The Hochschuldidaktik of the Ulm University in collaboration with Dr. Karin Hollricher (Molecular Botany) offers training for student assistants in the practical courses of the biological study programs. Student assistants learn how to motivate course participants, how typical scientific experiments are performed and how to correct lab reports.