Barend Mijzen

Barend Mijzen
The small classes allow for interactive lectures and an open environment, everyone feels free to ask questions and participate.
Name
Barend Mijzen
Programme
Medical Epigenomics
Previous education
Bachelor's Biology

Barend Mijzen is a Master's student Medical Epigenomics at Radboud University.

What do you like about the programme and why?

I enjoy that the programme really shows you as modern biology research is conducted. Teachers talk enthusiastically about their research during lectures and in internships, you can participate in it.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

The small classes allow for interactive lectures and an open environment, everyone feels free to ask questions and participate.

How has the programme challenged you?

This programme challenged me to learn skills like programming, which I had very little experience with. It also challenges you as a scientist to be critical of your own research and take ownership of your projects.

How is the supervision within the study programme?

Everyone gets their own supervisor during the programme, with whom you have several contact points during the years. Next to that, the student advisor is always ready to help you with any uncertainties you might have.

What are your plans once you have received your degree?

After I'm done, I'd like to use the bio-informatical knowledge I gained in this programme in either an academic or business environment.

Why did you choose for the Radboud University?

Radboud University offered a programme that suited my interests in this field, together with the fact that you get to do two internships. Which helped my gain lot of practical experience on how to do research.

What do you like about Nijmegen?

Nijmegen is a fun, vibrant student city, which I didn't want to leave after my Bachelor's. The easy-going atmosphere is something I couldn't miss.

Which information activities do you find valuable and why?

During the open day, you can talk to students about the more practical things concerning the study programme. To really experience what the programme is like, joining a student for a day would be absolutely vital.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

Take responsibility in organising and planning your Master's programme and internships. The large freedom you get here also requires a lot of action from each student.