PhD Event

A PhD, is that for me?

Are you thinking about your future? Do you want to apply your mathematical knowledge in a company, or continue your education first by pursuing a PhD degree? 
We are organising a one-day event for bachelor (3rd year) and master students to showcase the benefits of doing a PhD in mathematics. Especially women students are encouraged to join. 

When: February 4, 2022
Where: Minnaertgebouw, Utrecht University
Target audience: (3rd year) bachelor students and master students in mathematics studying at a university in the Netherlands. Especially women are encouraged to join.
Registration form: at the bottom of this page, we kindly ask you to read all the information below first
Deadline for registration: January 25, 2022

Corona update
We are keeping a close eye on the Corona regulations in the Netherlands, as they might influence the “A PhD, is that for me?” event on 4 February 2022. We are hopeful that by February 4 the regulations will allow us to organise this event in person. For now we proceed the organisation of the event and we will inform you regarding the requirement for the participation (such as QR codes) around a week before the event takes place.


  • Nelly Litvak, University of Twente
  • Fieke Dekkers, RIVM


  • S.J. (Anna) Fokma, Utrecht University
  • Anastasiia Hraivoronska, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Margherita Pagano, Leiden University
  • Teodora Pandeva, University of Amsterdam


Do’s and don’ts when applying for a PhD in mathematics

Speakers: Martina Chirilus-Bruckner and David Holmes

Having trouble writing a motivation letter? How long should it be? What to include and what to omit? Our speakers, professors at Leiden University, will give advice on what to focus while writing a CV and motivation letter for a PhD position. They will also share examples of good and bad practices.

The next two workshops run in parallel and students choose which one to attend.

Impostor Syndrome

Speakers: The Diversity Company

You have a good education, and everyone is full of praise for you. But still you always hear that little voice in your head: when does everyone discover that I really can’t do anything?

People who suffer from Imposter Syndrome set the bar mercilessly high for themselves and underestimate their own performance. No matter how well they do their job, no matter how many degrees or compliments they receive, they are constantly afraid of being exposed because they persistently doubt their own qualities.

Outcomes of a Phd

Speaker: Chiat Cheong

Common myth: “After 4 years of a PhD I only developed skills to continue with research.”

In this workshop we focus on a wide range of skills that PhD students develop throughout their research years. Our speaker, Chiat Cheong, is a scientist who made a transition from academic career and her professional mission became: making PhDs and postdocs aware of their potential and providing support in their career development.


Mar Curco Iranzo, Utrecht University

Mia Jukić, Leiden University

Sanne Willems, Leiden University

Contact us via: phdeventmath@gmail.com.


In case you are not able to join the in person event, you can watch the livestream of all the plenary talks online. Note that the two parallel workshops are not livestreamed.
You can indicate your preference for the livestream in the registration form and then we provide the link a week before the event.

Limited places
Note that the number of participants is limited so we may need to make a selection from the registrations. Hence, registration does not guarantee a place. We will inform everyone after the deadine. 

The participation in the event is free of charge and we offer two workshops to each student. In return we ask you to participate in our short survey consisting of one questionnaire before the event and one questionnaire after the event. Participation is not obligatory, but highly appreciated and valuable as the data from the survey will be used to:

  • detect any misconceptions that you might have about doing a PhD, so that we give extra attention to those during the event;
  • measure the effect of the event, so that we know whether an event like this is useful to help you make a decision, and whether we should organise it regularly in the future;
  • collect feedback about the event, so that we know what to improve for any future events like these.

This event is sponsored by:

  • EWM Netherlands
  • Platform Wiskunde Nederland
  • The four mathematics clusters in the Netherlands: STAR, DIAMANT, NDNS+, GQ