Scholarship holders of the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation

Marc Becker
(Scholarship holder
2015/2016)
Name: Marc Becker
University: WWU Muenster
Majors / Field of studies: Chemistry (M.Sc.)
Period of the stay abroad: 08/2015 - 10/2015
Country: USA
Reason for the stay abroad: Research Internship


Why did you decide to go abroad for your studies? What was the purpose of your stay in the U.S.?

My Master program at the WWU Münster gave me the possibility to do a research internship abroad. Motivated by the international experience and new cultural impressions I could not waive this opportunity. I did the research internship at the University of Michigan in the Schindler group, whose high academic level and great research conditions addressed my research interests. In the Schindler group I was engaged in the natural product synthesis of a potential anti-cancer treatment. Before and during my project the promising medical application was a great personal motivation.

How did you become aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation? What convinced you to apply for the scholarship?

I already knew SCHOTT as a company since a lot of lab ware in my institute are SCHOTT products. When I was searching for a suitable scholarship for my internship on mystipendium.de I came across the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation. The inspiring story of Dr. Heinrich J. Klein and the idea of supporting science and international exchange convinced me to apply for the scholarship.

What was the most crucial experience (professionally and culturally) you’ve made in the U.S.?

When I came to the University of Michigan I was stunned by the high academic level and outstanding research facilities. The friendly working environment, weekly talks and presentations gave me the possibility to get in contact with many scientists from other groups. Especially the opportunity to present my own project in a poster session in the department was one of my personal highlights. The most crucial cultural experience was the kindness of the people I met. I enjoyed spending holidays like Halloween or Labor Day and watching American Football together with other U.S. students, which gave me an insight into the life in the U.S.

How did your stay abroad help your personal & professional development?

To live in a foreign country was a personal challenge for myself. As it was my first time in the U.S. the new cultural experiences were overwhelming. Furthermore, the stay abroad let me improve my language. In the Schindler group I shared the lab with very dedicated chemists and the daily talks about chemistry were inspiring and valuable. Especially the weekly group meetings helped me to expand my chemical knowledge and scientific horizon.

Why would you recommend the HJK scholarship to other students?

The funding of the Heinrich-J.-Klein scholarship gives you the possibility to completely focus on your stay abroad. I liked the uncomplicated and fast application process that allows for a broad spectrum of students to apply. Moreover, the HJK scholarship supports short-term projects, which is rather rare in the scientific field.
Elisa Baumbach
(Scholarship holder 2014/2015)
Name: Elisa Baumbach
University: University of Mannheim
Majors / Field of studies: Marketing & Innovation
Period of the stay abroad: 09/2014 - 12/2014
Country: USA
Reason for the stay abroad: Research stay for PhD project


Why did you decide to go abroad for your studies? What was the purpose of your stay in the U.S.?

I decided to go abroad to get research input regarding my PhD project and to broaden my perspective on the research topic. During my time at the New York University, I investigated customers‘ innovation adoption decisions. My stay at the NYU allowed me to attend high quality PhD courses, to establish professional contacts with senior and junior faculty members in my field of research, to get valuable feedback on my research project, and to learn more about American culture in general and New York’s unique culture in particular.


How did you become aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation? What convinced you to apply for the scholarship?

I became aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation via mystipendium.de. After I had read more about the Foundation and its purpose, I perceived it to be very much in line with my own aims and values. Hence, I was encouraged to apply for the scholarship.


What was the most crucial experience (professionally and culturally) you’ve made in the U.S.?

Several work-related and personal experiences made my stay abroad a unique and unforgettable experience. I really enjoyed the openness of all faculty members. Especially the professors were very inviting and encouraged the visiting scholars to contact them for feedback on their projects. Also, during my stay, the Department hosted several events in order to foster interpersonal exchange and to strengthen the communal spirit. The events ranged from rather professional settings to purely social events. I really enjoyed this collaborative spirit and the professional exchange.


How did your stay abroad help your personal & professional development?

The Heinrich J. Klein Foundation scholarship enabled me to broaden my international academic network by making contact with other researchers. Besides advancing my dissertation and working on publications for high-level scientific journals, I was able to gain valuable cultural experiences in the United States. I believe that I will greatly benefit from these intercultural experiences and the international network I have been able to build during my stay abroad.


Why would you recommend the HJK scholarship to other students?

I would recommend the HJK scholarship to other students because the scholarship application and conferment is a very straight-forward process. This is not a given, especially in the academic field. I feel that the purpose of the Foundation is in line with a lot of students' aims
Apurva Patel
(Scholarship holder 2014/2015)
Name: Apurva Patel
University: TU Braunschweig
Majors / Field of studies: Computational Sciences in Engineering
Period of the stay abroad: 10/2014 - 10/2015
Country: Germany
Reason for the stay abroad: Master's program (M.Sc.)


Why did you decide to go abroad for your studies? What was the purpose of your stay in Germany?

Working in the industry for 2 years directly after my bachelor studies was an important step for me. It made me realize the role simulation and computation play in current engineering scenarios and I got curious to know more about this new emerging area of study. It allows for the simulation and optimization of processes as well as solving problems through meticulous on-screen techniques, thus saving time and money. Germany was an instant choice due to the variety of specializations available and courses being offered that suited my interests. Also it would be exciting to experience a new culture, meet new people and also learn a new language. So after some effort and applications, I enrolled at TU Braunschweig for a M.Sc. in Computational Sciences. 


How did you become aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation? What convinced you to apply for the scholarship?

I was aware of SCHOTT as a company due to a plant near my home in India. Regarding the foundation and scholarship, my course co-ordinator suggested me to check mystipendium.de for options to finance my studies, which led me to the website of Heinrich-J.-Klein Stiftung. The foundation's motive of promoting an international exchange and sponsoring science is very convincing.


What was the most crucial experience (professionally and culturally) you’ve made in Germany?

Culturally, its food. Coming from a vegetarian background I find it difficult to find good vegetarian food options wherever I travel. And even if I plan to cook some Indian food then I could find some of the ingredients only in cities like Berlin or Hamburg. Its weird at first but later on you do find new & innovative ways to cook with whatever you have.
Professionally, the business attire seemed quite different to me. In India, it was not common to wear jeans to work. But here it was different, which I found quite amusing.
As well, a challenging experience for me has been that some of the research material I need for my study is only available in German. Therefore, I need to spend more time on learning than normal. But with discipline and the help of fellow students I managed to overcome this challenge.


How did your stay abroad help your personal & professional development?

Learning German has been an crucial advantage both personally and professionally. I can now have confidence at work and interact in a new environment as well as build networks more easily and efficiently within Germany. Also, meeting people from different nationalities and cultures has broadened my way of thinking and made me more "international". I made acquaintances & friends from various parts of the world.
On a professional level, a great advantage of Germany is that research institutes & the industry have close cooperations with universities. This has enabled me to get direct exposure to the simulation techniques being used in the industry.


Why would you recommend the HJK scholarship to other students?

I would recommend the HJK scholarship to other students as it provides a strong financial support for the studies and grants a lot of liberty in the execution of the stay abroad. If students decide to present their results at the end of the scholarship they have the opportunity to visit SCHOTT and get an insight on its products & technologies.
Florian Mayerthaler
(Scholarship holder 2014/2015)
Name: Florian Mayerthaler
University: WWU Münster
Majors / Field of studies: Chemistry
Period of the stay abroad: 09/2014 - 11/2014
Country: USA
Reason for the stay abroad: Research internship


Why did you decide to go abroad for your studies? What was the purpose of your stay in the U.S.?

The reason for me going abroad was to expand my academic horizon and to challenge myself. Princeton University is known for its superb science faculties and when I got the opportunity to work there, I knew I had to seize the opportunity. During my bachelor's thesis I worked on a challenging, yet extremely interesting project about non-ribosomal peptite synthetases which show promising results for valuable applications in the pharmaceutical sector. I wanted to dig deeper and find out more about this subject. Since the research group in Princeton uses highly advances techniques, I could live up to that goal.


How did you become aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation? What convinced you to apply for the scholarship?

I looked for a foundation which supports research projects of Master students. The HJK Foundation is one of the very few foundations which offer this kind of opportunity. Besides, I really support the idea of intercultural awareness and exchange, so I could easily identify with the scholarship.


What was the most crucial experience (professionally and culturally) you’ve made in the U.S.?

The most stunning culturally experience were the holidays. I had the chance to spent Thanksgiving with an American family and I celebrated Halloween with a lof of other students in the dorm.
On a professional level, my most crucial professional experience were the excellent funding and thus, the world class laboratory equipment at Princeton. Moreover, the weekly talks with leading scientists in Chemistry Department were absolutely inspiring.


How did your stay abroad help your personal & professional development?

The lectures and the experience to work with really gifted researchers helped me to foster my acedemic skills. I also had the chance to improve my English. Furthermore, I met people from all over the world and with most of them I'm still in contact. So the stay helped me to get in touch with people from Asia, the U.S., Latin America and even Europe.


Why would you recommend the HJK scholarship to other students?

The HJK scholarship gives students the chance to realize ambitious project. Therefore, if you have a great idea and you still have troubles to finance your dream, the HJK scholarship is an amazing opportunity. Moreover, the students are relatively free in the execution of their stay abroad, which can make a big difference.
Maximilian Bangen
(Scholarship holder 2013/2014)
Name: Maximilian Bangen
University: University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
Majors / Field of studies: Int. Business for Emerging Markets
Period of the stay abroad: H1 2014
Country: Norway
Reason for the stay abroad: Graduation internship


Why did you decide to go abroad for your studies? What was the purpose of your stay in Norway?

International experience has always been important for me in order to develop both personally and professionally. As part of my studies in the Netherlands, I chose to do an internship in an internationally operating organization to finish my Bachelor studies in an inspiring, diverse team. Especially working in a virtual team, i.e. exclusively via web confrences and E-Mail, seemed to be an exciting feature for this stay abroad. I hoped that the experiences I would gain from the internship in this environment would prepare me better for a career in an internationally operating organization by developing my cultural awareness as well as my adaptibility and agility to deal with new situations. 


How did you become aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation? What convinced you to apply for the scholarship?

First, I found out about the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation on the career portal of e-fellows.net. I was especially intrigued by the values that are put forward by the foundation, combining scientifc and international exchange. 


What was the most crucial experience (professionally and culturally) you’ve made in Norway?

During my stay in Norway I experienced new challenges both professionally and culturally. During the last 5 years I have lived in several countries and I never experienced a severe culture shock. However, coming to Norway proved to be a much bigger challenge than anticipated. The geographical proximity to Germany made me being less aware of potential differences. I learnt that it is always important to stay aware of cultural diversity and approach these situations with an open-minded attitude.
From a professional point of view, the most important experiences was working in a diverse, virtual team for a start-up company that was operating with a lot of freedom. I learned that mutual trust as a corporate value is the basis for effective working processes, especially in an international virtual team.


How did your stay abroad help your personal & professional development?

My time working in an international and multicultural team has enabled me to grow personally by further developing my passions about social impact and social responsibility in business.
Due to working in a virtual team, I had to take on a lot of responsibility. Although I could structure my work individually I still had to provide my input for the team and comply with the overall strategy of the project. In order to meet these goals I developed a great deal of discipline.


Why would you recommend the HJK scholarship to other students?

The HJK scholarship has the great advantage of being easily accessible for students. The freedom granted during the application and use of the scholarship funding really enabled me to pursue my own ideas and thoughts for both professional and personal development. I really benefitted from the flexibility given within the scholarship.
Jana Brosowsky
(Scholarship holder 2013/2014)
Name: Jana Brosowsky
University: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Majors / Field of studies: Chemistry (M.Sc.)
Period of the stay abroad: 09/2013 - 02/2014
Country: USA
Reason for the stay abroad: Research Internship


Why did you decide to go abroad for your studies? What was the purpose of your stay in the U.S.?

I went to Stanford University for a research internship in an Organic Chemistry Lab as part of my master program from my home university. Personally, I wanted to improve my knowledge and gather experience by working in a new environment. Moreover, the Trost Group at Stanford offers a very high academic level specialized on my research interests. My project related to enantioselective catalysis reactions that could be of great use in the synthesis of fluorine containing pharmaceuticals. At Stanford, I was taught in different scientific/lab techniques and expanded my horizon on the theoretical part of my subject. Not to forget, I wanted to spend time living abroad for cultural impressions.


How did you become aware of SCHOTT and the Heinrich-J.-Klein Foundation? What convinced you to apply for the scholarship?

I noticed the Heinrich-J.-Klein Scholarship on the platform mystipendium.de. Its international orientation and the extensive range of promoted scientific areas made it perfectly fitting for my purposes.In the sense of Dr. Heinrich J. Klein I wanted to get in touch with other mentalities and cultures and support the international exchange of knowledge in science. The scholarship made it possible to come up with the necessary tuition fee and living expenses.


What was the most crucial experience (professionally and culturally) you’ve made in the U.S.?

The American kindness makes it easy for you to feel comfortable from the beginning on. Once I made new friends, I quickly felt more at home. The vast range of opportunities for recreational activities - in California you can do anything from surfing to skiing - helped a lot with settling in.
In the lab, it was the first time for me to work on a research project on my own. Dealing with the foreign environment at the same time, this level of indepence proved to be quite a challenge. Yet once I started to learn how to deal with the very high scope of autonomy I enjoyed my work each day a little more. Learning to structure and carry out the research by my own was the major development I went through.


How did your stay abroad help your personal & professional development?

Living in a new country with new people and a foreign language let me grow personally. Furthermore, doing research at Stanford gave me valuable insights how it is to work and communicate in an international environment. Professionally, I was prepared very well for my upcoming master's thesis both experimentally and theoretically. I got to know the daily working life in a research group very well.


Why would you recommend the HJK scholarship to other students?

It has a very broad scope of purposes it supports and an uncomplicated selection process which makes it perfect for many students going abroad.
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