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Issue 04/2017 - August 7, 2017

TUMstudinews: The Newsletter for Students

Don't miss anything: Important dates and infos for students, stories from the campus, interviews – this and more you can find in our newsletter TUMstudinews. It is published three times per semester. On this site you can subscribe and read all previous issues.

Sarah Barreto Ornellas from Yale University:

Human movement control

Visiting TUM: Sarah Barreto Ornellas is a student of Biomedical Engineering in Yale in her fourth semester. (Photo: Uli Benz)

The PREP program, organized by the TUM International Center, enables students from North American elite universities to participate in a research project at TUM and to get to know Munich and Germany during the summer holidays. Sarah Barreto Ornellas, a student at Yale, is one of this year’s participants in PREP. What did she experience at TUM and in Munich so far?


Canoeist Matthias Schmidt:

For Marathon to Pietermaritzburg

Last preparations at home: canoeist Matthias Schmidt just before the World Championships at the Ruderregatta Oberschleissheim. (Photo: Maximilian Karlstetter)

Four more weeks until South Africa: Matthias Schmidt will take part at the World Canoe Marathon Championships in early September 2017. He has been a member of the German national canoe team since May. The sport is very time-intensive. Nevertheless, the 21-year-old is studying Chemical Process Engineering at TUM and got involved with the IKOM – without any problems.


Freestyle skier Laura Grasemann:

Elections: Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year

Aiming to become sports scholarship holder of the year: TUM student Laura Grasemann. (Photo: Deutsche Sporthilfe)

TUM student Laura Grasemann (25) is Germany’s best mogul skier – and she is a candidate for the title “Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year”, which would mean additional financial support for her. In our interview, she explains why she could need it. Vote for Laura!


“AK Umwelt” in Straubing:

Plastic containers for the campus

Celine Sauer is a member of the Umwelt AG in Straubing and plays football in the Science Center’s hobby team. (Photo: Friedrich Münch)

The aim of the “AK Umwelt” in Straubing is to promote environmental awareness at the site TUM-Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and sustainability. For TUMstudinews, Celine Sauer, a member of the working group, talks about their point of view and what they want to change.



An internship at the Ganges in India:

The most important lesson: Patience

Six months in India: TUM student Simon Lutz was involved in an environmental project at the Ganges. (Photo: private)

While his fellow students delved into theory in the lecture hall in Munich, Simon Lutz – a student of Environmental Engineering – went to India; his greatest adventure so far. For six months, he worked as an intern in Delhi and took part in an environmental project. For TUMstudinews, he talks about his time there, and about the challenges of a large-scale project on the Indian subcontinent.


New online course:

LOOP: Object-oriented programming

Informatics are omnipresent in everyday life: at LOOP, you can learn the basics of programming. (Photo: Albers Heinemann/Pixabay)

The TUM offers an introductory online course for the basics of object-oriented programming in summer 2017 (in German language). The course starts on August 7. You can still register.


Step Inside:

Students as mentors for school pupils who are interested in studying

Step Inside mentor Theresa Bader with a model: in the summer semester, she made a design study for a brick building for living and working at the Ostbahnhof. (Photo: Maren Willkomm)

Theresa Bader wants to become an architect. Currently, she is in her fourth semester of the respective Bachelor’s course at TUM. When she had to decide about her future course of study, a mentor helped her while she was still at school. Now, she wants to show commitment as a mentor herself – in the scope of the Step Inside program.


The visiTUM program:

Help future students make a decision

What course of studies should I go for? …so many questions before taking a plunge into university life. VisitTUM can help. (Photo: Charlotte Szwarc)

In your first semester, were you surprised about what it’s like at university? Unintended surprises occur – and they can lead to great disappointments or to a change of course of study. For this reason, TUM initiated the program “visiTUM – students explain their course of studies”.


Photo competition 2017:

“150 years of TUM – more international than ever”

“Concrete Pirates”: Just one of the 28 pictures in the photo competition of the TUM International Center, taken in the lagoon of Bacalar on the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán. (Photo: Markus Herdieckerhoff)

Help us pick twelve pictures for the 2018 photo calendar of the International Center! The online-voting has started.


The 6th edition of the fatum-magazine: Synthesis

New editors wanted

The opposites of fire and water: “Synthesis” is the motto of the new fatum-magazine. (Photo: Jonny Lindner)

Synthesis is a fundamental principle of our life. But in what contexts does synthesis lead to something that is meaningful and valuable? And, generally, is “no synthesis” possible at all – or is there something in the way of “anti-synthesis”? The current issue of fatum addresses these and other questions.


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