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Student Council, Student Body and Studierendenwerk (Student Support Services)

TOP links for the Physics Student Council

TOP links for the student body

TOP links for the Studierendenwerk Münster (Student Support Services)

Department and university

TOP links for the Department of Physics

TOP links for the university

Cooperations with the Student Council

Geophysics Student Council (Fachschaft Geophysik)

The Geophysics Student Council takes care of the students in geophysics programs at the department.

Science Student Council Conference (Naturwissenschaftliche Fachschaftenkonferenz, NaWi-FK)

Together with the other Student Councils for scientific subjects, we form a list for the elections of the Senate (information about the Senate) in the framework of the NaWi-FK every year. In our opinion, we as student councils can represent you students best in the Senate since we’re in direct contact to you and our work is already naturally directed towards your interests.

Gathering of all Physics Student Councils (Zusammenkunft aller Physik-Fachschaften, ZaPF)

The ZaPF is the gathering of all physics student councils in the German-speaking area (including Austria and Switzerland). At the ZaPF meetings which take place every semester, the student councils exchange information about many topics and coordinate the joint work.

Young German Physical Society (Junge Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, jDPG)

The Young German Physical Society (jDPG) and the regional group Münster have different offers for physics students, such as excursions, vocational preparation seminars, talks and much more.

Campus group φsiker

The campus group φsiker supports the Student Council with the organization of various events.

Links to external pages without direct relation to the Student Council

The following texts were (mostly) written by the linked organizations/companies. We think the offers are helpful, interesting or exciting, but we’re not responsible for the contents.

Campus cloud sciebo

The campus cloud sciebo (“science box”) is a joint project of many universities in NRW. The University of Münster is a leading participant (as one of three server sites). We really like the project and actively use it ourselves. Sciebo even had its beginnings through a member of the Physics Student Council!

Sciebo is a cloud storage service (similar to e. g. Dropbox) which is run by different universities in NRW. As a student at the University of Münster, you can use it free of charge with a storage volume of 30 GB. Substantial advantages over commercial cloud providers are for example:

  • Other than (often US-based) commercial services which generate revenue from analyzing and sharing user data, the sciebo operators, as universities in NRW, are bound to substantial data privacy regulations and data processing occurs exclusively in Germany.
  • Sciebo is non-commercial and thus has no interest in sharing user data to begin with.
  • Sciebo utilizes the open source system ownCloud.

Helpline Nightline

Nightline Münster is a hotline for listening and information by students for students. They describe themselves as follows (translated):

As a listening hotline, we offer you the opportunity to talk about things you’re dealing with in the late hours of the evening. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a PhD candidate, 18 or 38, just want to get something off your chest or everything is collapsing above your head. It doesn’t matter if it’s about university stress, relationship problems, fear of exams, heartsickness or problems with your study plans. We’re there for you exactly for such everyday issues.

All calls are treated confidentially; you don’t need to tell us your name. There’s usually a female and a male nightliner who you can aks for anytime.

The Nightline can be reached Monday to Friday between 21:00 and 1:00 under +49 251 83-45400 (except for holidays and during the semester break).

Studis online

Studis online offers very comprehensive information pages about many aspects of studying. Among these are e. g. looking for an apartment, BAföG (information and BAföG calculator) and a forum.

Springer Link

Through a contract between the university and the Springer publishing company (Careful: That’s not the Axel Springer company, which publishes a well-known German tabloid!), students can download a plethora of textbooks by this company in ebook form at the so-called Springer Link. Among these are a large number of the usual physics and mathematics books such as those by Nolting, Demtröder, Fließbach, Tipler, Forster, Königsberger, and many others. You can only access the books from within the university network, so either use the university wi-fi, a university computer or set up a VPN connection at home.

Book bazaar semesterbooks

At semesterbooks.de, you can sell or buy books for your studies. The special part is that it is a nationwide bazaar, but you simultaneously have the opportunity to look for an offer for a specific book in your town. You have to register in order to use this service. The whole thing is free of charge through the support of different universities and the Amazon links.

Physikerboard

The Physikerboard (physicists’ board) offers students supports with challenges around the topic of physics. The portal is free of charge and freely accessible without registration. In the moderated forum, there is no physical challenge that remains unsolved – from the Doppler effect through quantum mechanics up to thought experiments about the theory of relativity.

We are dedicated since 2003 with volontary education portals on the Internet for equal education opportunities. 100 volontary staff members from Germany, Austria and Switzerland support us with the editorial supervision of the portals. About 2 million students/month already make use of help in 12 different subjects – at no cost and at any time of day.

Study help Photonics 101

Robert Filter is a PhD student in Jena dealing with light–matter interactions with the help of nano structures, which is why he works with electrodynamics every day and gives the corresponding tutorials repeatedly. For his students, he created the site photonics101.com, where you can find exercises about all parts of electrodynamics. The solutions are written in details and he hopes that students in Münster can also profit from them. Furthermore, he motivates many exercises with examples from current research or provides general possibilities of applications.

Stipend platform – myStipendium.de

The charitable Initiative for Transparent Support of Studies (Initiative für transparente Studienförderung, ItS) already collaborates with almost 1800 supporters at 346 German universities (among them 212 Student Councils) and is currently supported by 37 prominent advocates, such as the current minister of education Prof. Dr. Wanka. Different stipend programs, such as a side job stipend (full stipend for a semester abroad at the Foothill College in the San Francisco Bay Area) and the stipend program for average students (4-week language course San Diego including flight, allowance, accomodation) have been initiated and a stipend search engine is offered. If you’re interested in a stipend (including outside of support for the elite), you should visit these sites.

Studying with disabilities? – barrierefrei-studieren.de

Self-description by the charitable Initiative for Transparent Support of Studies (Initiative für transparente Studienförderung, ItS; translated):

With the portal, we show every (aspiring) student with a disability or chronic illness with few clicks which support opportunities can be applied for in the individual case. This is made possible by a matching procedure which compares the user’s profile fully automatically with a database of more than 1600 support opportunities specifically for (aspiring) students with a disability or chronic illness and suggests in real time only those which really fit one’s own vita. Our recorded support opportunities include financial help (e. g. stipends, travel compensation, aid to the deaf and blind etc.), technical aids, tailored work equipment, assistance benefits and further possibilities of support (e. g. living cost subsidies, sports and leisure offers). barrierefrei-studieren.de is financed by different foundations (such as Randstad-Stiftung, Werhahn-Stiftung and Kämpgen-Stiftung) and donations.