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Bettina Lier (she/her) is a PhD student in Computational (Bio)Chemistry at the Institute of Molecular Modeling and Simulation, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. She is enrolled at the international doctoral school for biomolecular technology of proteins. She is passionate about biomolecular simulations to study the behaviour of biomolecules and investigate their physicochemical properties. Her PhD project deals with the development and application of a neural network based hybrid simulation technique to study metalloproteins at the quantum level of theory. With her project, she is recipient of the DOC fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Follow her on Twitter: @BettinaLier

PhD Scholarship Proposal: Why I Would Write It Again!

In this article, Bettina Lier shares her experience of applying for a PhD scholarship and how she initially found the application process overwhelming. With the support of her supervisor she overcame her doubts, and successfully completed the proposal. Her story is a great example of how with the right mindset and support, we can overcome any challenge.

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Solidarity In The Collective

It’s important to find community and support while undertaking a PhD. For Kathryn, forming a decolonisation collective held potential for friendship. In this article she reflects on the valuable lessons learned from being part of a collective, including the need for solidarity, sharing resources, and supporting one another emotionally and mentally.

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Applying for a PhD Abroad: How to Thrive as an International Student

Are you applying for a PhD program in a new country and feeling overwhelmed? This article offers some top tips on how to successfully navigate the international waters to help yourself thrive abroad! Important considerations include researching the right country/university fit for you, giving plenty of time to getting a residence permit, and helping yourself feel part of a community in your new city.

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