FAQ X-Student Research Groups
Questions about the course type
The StuROPx courses are low-capacity in the sense that they are primarily taken into account only in the extracurricular area, if applicable. In the case of clear references to modules of subject-specific study and examination regulations, however, capacity effectiveness cannot be ruled out in individual cases.
It is up to you to decide whether you conduct the X-Student Research Group digitally, in a seminar room or in a hybrid format according to your didactic concept for the research seminar [for Tuts: research tutorial]. When planning your X-Student Research Group, please take into account the current pandemic situation and the current protection and hygiene regulations of the institution at which you are offering your X-Student Research Group as a course.
Questions about the application process
No, this is not possible in the initial application. At first, an X-Student Research Group runs for one semester. However, an extension for another semester can be applied for later. This application is informal, i.e. it is a simple request to the StuROPx coordination office. Whether an additional semester can be granted depends on the funds available in the respective funding year.
Yes, this is possible. In this case, please indicate all applicants in the online application form.
Please note: The funding covers only one teaching assignment (2 SWS, 35 hours). However, you can of course divide the hours among yourselves (17.5 hours per person) or you divide the payment after the end of the semester. And all applicants can of course participate in the qualification program.
Yes, that’s possible. However, one prerequisite is that they can prove a connection to one of the four partners of the Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité), e.g., if you are doing your PhD at one of the four partners, if there is a collaboration, or if there is another connection.
Please note: You must document the institutional link. Like the applicants from the partners of the Berlin University Alliance, you indicate the affiliation on the one hand in the online application form. On the other hand, please fill out the institutional affiliation form.
It is up to you to decide to which project from your current research you want to link your X-Student Research Group. A DFG project is not preferred compared to projects of PhD students. The important thing is that you can work on one aspect of the project with a group of students, that this aspect is interesting for the students and gives them the opportunity to contribute their own ideas.
What is the role of the professor who has agreed to support the X-Student Research Group in the application process?
The X-Student Research Group is offered as a course at the institute you have indicated in the institutional affiliation in the application form. The professor confirms with his or her signature that he or she will support you in booking a seminar room, grant the use of '(laboratory) technology, if applicable, and provide access to set up a course on a teaching platform, if applicable.
Questions about the selection process
The proposals are reviewed by a specially established selection jury. The selection jury consists of 40 reviewers. They are distributed equally among the four partners of the alliance and take into account the different status groups (16 professors, 12 research assistants and 12 students). In addition, a balanced gender ratio and a diversity of disciplines among the members were taken into account in the composition of the jury.
Questions about the teaching assignment
Questions about material or travel funds
There are two ways to account for your material or travel funds:
(1) Invoice: You have an invoice issued to you, i.e. you purchase equipment or software, for example, and have an invoice issued for it. You forward this invoice to the StuROPx Coordination Office, which will initiate payment of the outstanding amount.
(2) Reimbursement request (in exceptional cases): you make an advance payment, i.e., you purchase equipment or software, for example, and pay for it yourself first. Then you submit a reimbursement request to the StuROPx coordination office.
Successful applicants will receive further information on the exact procedure for the accounting for material and travel funds at the beginning of the project.
Questions about conducting the X-Student Research Group
No, the entry in the course catalog is made by the BUA Office for Teaching and Learning. The X-Student Research Groups are announced as BUA courses of the respective university that offers them, they are not assigned to a study program. Successful applicants will receive further information in the context of the funding information.
Please contact the institute/department to which your X-Student Research Group is institutionally affiliated for room booking. The professor who signed the application form for institutional affiliation can probably support you here. The professor has agreed to support you in this context with his or her signature.
In any case, it is important that you tackle the question of room booking early on, i.e. ideally as soon as you have received your funding commitment.
Please use the platform that is used at the university where your X-Student Research Group is institutionally affiliated (Moodle, Isis-Moodle or Blackbord). You may need assistance from the institute/department at which your X-Student Research Group is professionally supervised to set up a course. Participants who are enrolled at another partner institution will also have access to this platform as BUA students.
Questions about participating students
Formally speaking, X-Student Research Groups are teaching research projects (“Lehrforschungsprojekte”). According to capacity regulations, a maximum of 15 students can participate in this course type. Should more than 15 students wish to participate in your Group, the decision will be made on a random basis. In order to avoid role conflicts, this random procedure is taken over by the StuROPx coordinating office.
Students from all partners of the Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité) can participate in an X-Student Research Group. Participation is possible from all subjects and for both BA and MA students.
As the research group leader of an X-Student Research Group, you cannot define any admission requirements. Nevertheless, it is possible that you make clear in the description of your group (e.g. in the course catalog) for which student groups your Group is more or less eligible. We recommend that you already think about this when submitting your application and reflect on possible student groups in your project outline (e.g., stage of study, subject background, prior knowledge).
Can students from other universities participate, i.e. from universities that are not part of the Berlin University Alliance?
The X-Student Research Groups are primarily intended for students from the four partners of the Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité). However, if there are still places available, students from other universities are of course welcome to participate.
The X-Student Research Groups are announced by the StuROPx coordination office across the four partners (Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité) of the Berlin University Alliance (general student mailing lists, newsletters) and are also included in the course catalogs of the partners. However, we strongly recommend that you also advertise your Group yourself. You know best for which student groups of the four partners your project might be of special interest. Good possibilities here are, for example, the email distribution lists of the student councils, of the individual institutes or faculties.
If students are interested in participating in an X-Student Research Group, they can sign up for it. Please refer to the further instructions for this registration process.
In coordination with the AG BUA Students, a separate module was developed for the X-Student Research Groups. For their participation in an X-Student Research Group, students receive 6 credit points. These are creditable in the interdisciplinary or extracurricular area (üWP/Freie Wahl/ABV/Wahlpflicht) study area. This module also specifies what students must achieve in order to successfully complete the module. We will be happy to inform you about this in more detail once your X-Student Research Group has been approved.
In addition, there is the possibility of credit for other structural areas in Bachelor's and Master's programs Students should clarify this possibility themselves with their examination office.
Questions about the qualification program
Before the semester begins, the qualification program starts with a kick-off meeting to clarify organizational issues as well as a two-day workshop on research-based learning and preparing the didactic implementation of your project. During the semester, two further meetings take place to exchange didactical questions and to prepare the end of the semester. The semester ends with a final workshop where the results of the projects are briefly presented and reflected upon.