Each doctoral program has a pool of professors who are willing to serve as student mentors. These professors are interested in mediation, offering advice and supporting doctoral candidates in the context of their training. They are the first person of reference for the doctoral candidate in case of problems with the thesis director or the laboratory.
As part of the annual report, mentors meet with the doctoral candidates to discuss the progress of their work and their well-being in the laboratory.
Each pool of mentors meets regularly with the program director who, only with the agreement of the doctoral candidate, takes the necessary measures in case of reported problems.
Within the first three months of your arrival at EPFL, the program Director will meet with all new EDNE PhD students in a common welcome meeting. In this meeting, we will discuss who could be a good Mentor for you, depending on your preferences, and on the availability of Mentors from the pool. When thinking about a good Mentor, please consider that your Mentor cannot be a member of your Candidacy Exam committee, nor of your Final Exam. You can change your mentor with consultation with the program director.
The mentor remains anonymous with respect to the thesis director to ensure confidentiality. It is your decision if you would like to keep this anonymity or not.
Your mentor is a valuable resource and is available to discuss your academic progress and provide guidance. As part of the annual report process, mentors meet with the PhD Students to discuss the progress of their work and their well-being in the laboratory.
Please feel free to contact your mentor whenever you deem necessary.
Are you interested in being a mentor? Please contact the doctoral program’s administrator at the following address: [email protected]