The livMatS Master Lab Program

Take the Research Challenge

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 program may be just the thing for you. This research-oriented, extra-curricular program aims to foster the research interests of motivated students in livMatS-related study programs.

Lecture Series

In summer term, livMatS principal investigators present their interdisciplinary research and a livMatS-related research challenge. Students interested in working on the challenge can apply for the Master Lab Program by submitting an initial proposal. The best ideas will be accepted into the Master Lab Program. Want to find out more? Check out the topics for the SS 2020 lecture series.

Master Lab Program

In winter term, selected students work on the research challenge autonomously under scientific guidance, network with livMatS researchers from different disciplines, and can take soft skills courses. Near the end of winter term, Master Lab students present on their respective research challenge and progress/results. In order to support this autonomous research, each Master Lab student will be awarded a research stipend. During the following summer term, all Master Lab students will be encouraged to attend select livMatS events and keep abreast on developments.

Program requirements

  • Introduction workshop on Designing a Research Plan
  • Monthly mentoring meetings with principal investigators to discuss research challenge
  • Monthly facilitated meetings of Master Lab students to discuss research and exchange ideas at an interdisciplinary level
  • Colloquium - students present progress/results and submit a brief write-up

Program Electives

  • Scientific writing and presentation training
  • Attend select livMatS early career researcher events
  • Interdisciplinary workshops offered by University of Freiburg
  • Attendance of livMatS colloquium talks (Wednesdays, 4-5 pm)

Learning objectives

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

  • Recognize interdisciplinary overlaps of their respective research challenge
  • Develop and refine research ideas into concrete research aims
  • Design and implement a research plan based on such aims
  • Communicate their research (orally and in writing) appropriately for interdisciplinary settings

Program Certificate

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.

Application to Master Lab Program

Send an updated CV and two-page letter of intent as one PDF to The letter of intent should briefly outline your background, initial idea(s) for the one research challenge you would like to tackle, and your motivations for applying to the Master Lab program.

Selection Criteria

livMatS principal investigators view the submitted applications and select students for the Master Lab program based on the following criteria:

  • Quality/novelty of the initial idea to explore the research challenge
  • Previous academic studies/knowledge
  • Demonstrated understanding of the challenge
  • Clarity in writing