livMatS Master Lab Program

The livMatS Master Lab Program

Do you want to be part of cutting-edge research topics? Is your learning driven by curiosity? Are you keen on interdisciplinary science? Then the livMatS Master Lab may be just the thing for you. This research-oriented, extra-curricular program aims to foster and broaden the research interests of motivated students in livMatS-related study programs.

Young researcher challenges posed in SoSe 2021

  • Real-time Ethics: Perspectives for livMatS and the Anthropocene?
  • Can we direct the spontaneous formation of peptide oligomers?
  • Assembling mechanical metamaterials like jigsaw puzzles
  • How can plastics be recycled with light?
  • Can sound waves affect fuel-driven chemical reactions?
  • Writing information into molecules with light
  • 3D printing in medicine: New perspectives via new materials
  • Staying cool without energy: Can endothermic materials be used as a novel energy-saving cooling technology?

To access the challenges, go to ILIAS course page. Once there, go to the lecture series folder Young researcher challenges SoSe 2021 and view the posted challenges.

Application and Selection criteria

Submission deadline has passed
If you interested in working on a challenge in the Master Lab Program. send an updated CV, a one-page letter of intent, and your Bachelor’s transcript of records as one PDF to The letter of intent should briefly outline your current academic studies so far, and initial idea(s) to tackle one research challenge in the Master Lab program.

livMatS principal investigators view applications and select students based on the following criteria:

  • demonstrated understanding of the challenge
  • the quality of the initial idea(s) to explore the research challenge
  • previous academic studies/knowledge
  • clarity in writing

Master Lab Program

Students selected to the program work on the research challenge autonomously under scientific guidance and take part in the Master Lab program (see requirements and electives below). In order to support this autonomous research, each Master lab student is awarded a young researcher stipend to fund part-time student contracts (HiWi) and research consumables. In consultation with challenge supervisor, HiWi contracts begin in late September/October and last for up to six months.

Program requirements

  • Kick-off workshop on livMatS research program
  • 2-3 block sessions on scientific writing and presenting (during winter semester)
  • Master Lab colloquium - students present progress and submit a research poster and brief write-up (mid-late March)

Program Electives

  • Attend select livMatS early career researcher events to network and get taste of PhD studies
  • Attend select livMatS colloquium talks
  • Attend interdisciplinary research skills course offered by the Abteilung Lehrentwicklung

Meta-learning objectives

Students who complete the Master Lab program will be able to:

  • Develop and refine research ideas into concrete research aims
  • Explain key principles of livMatS research program
  • Communicate their research for interdisciplinary settings

Program Certificate and Testimonials

Master Lab students who complete the program - simultaneous to working towards their respective Master’s degree - will receive a certificate attesting to the program’s achieved objectives, which serves as an additional qualification for students’ future career aspirations.
Check out previous testimonials from Master Lab students


For questions about the program or application procedure, send an email to Gregg Dubow (graduate coordinator).