Gaining insights to research immediately after the A-levels

At the Institut für Werkstoffkunde at the PZH, four supervisors are taking care of the three FWJ students. (Photo: IW)

LZH/PZH | Research without a university degree: The Voluntary Scientifc Year (FWJ) makes a direct entry into research possible for A-level students. At the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and at the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum (PZH), the seventh FWJ generation started in September.

In the next year, four A-level students will be working on small research projects and assist the LZH-scientists in their daily work. The students will be involved in the development of solid-state and fiber lasers – for example for the use in outer space. And they will learn how to manufacture and characterize optics for lasers, spectroscopes or space telescopes.

At the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum Hannover (PZH), too, the new FWJ students have started. Those at the Institut für Werkstoffkunde will be "travelling around": They will spend one week each in the workshop, in the metallography, in analysis technology or mechanical testing, and in the welding lab. In addition, they will be attending five seminars at the Hannover Medical School (MHH), join courses at the Leibniz Universität and collect credit points.

The Voluntary Scientific Year is an initiative of the State of Lower Saxony to give A-level students the opportunity to gain insights to professions in natural sciences.

by Silke Kramprich and Julia Förster

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  • At the Institut für Werkstoffkunde at the PZH, four supervisors are taking care of the three FWJ students. (Photo: IW)
  • Is the work in a research institute the right job for me? This is what the FWJ students want to find out. (Photo: LZH)
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