Ontvangers Christine Mohrmann stipendia
Ontvangers Christine Mohrmann stipendia

PhD candidates Klara Raiber and Michelle Jansen received a Christine Mohrmann Stipend

The aim of the stipend is to encourage PhD candidates to continue their academic careers after the completion of their thesis. The stipend worth 5000 euros gives them the opportunity, for example, to spend a period at a university abroad or to deepen their research in another way.

Klara Raiber

Klara is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Radboud University and the SCOOP programme. In her PhD research, Klara investigates the consequences of informal care on career.

“I have always found it interesting to look at forms of inequality within society. I especially like to focus on the questions: 'Where does this inequality come from?' and 'How can we change it?'. Specifically, I find research into gender inequality interesting and wanted to do a PhD on this subject. I was able to combine research into the effects of informal care with research into gender inequality, because women often have more care tasks than men.

In my dissertation, I focus on the consequences of informal care on careers. For example, I look at the consequences for hourly wages, working hours or job satisfaction. For this, I use large-scale survey data. I often see that my research is important in my private environment; I hear many different stories and experiences about combining informal care with work. These stories and experiences are very inspiring to me and show that this is a very important research.

To increase the exposure of my research, I want to use the Stipendium to make short videos about the research and the results, among other things. I think it is important that people see and understand what the effects of informal care can be. I hope to start the conversation about the (negative) effects, after which we can look at how we can improve informal care in the Netherlands and how we can support informal caregivers.

Klara Raiber

I am very grateful to have been nominated by my promotor Ellen Verbakel for the Christine Mohrmann Stipendium and would like to emphasise the important role of my supervisors and their support for my PhD trajectory.”

Michelle Jansen

Michelle is a PhD candidate at the Department of Neuro- and Rehabilitation Psychology at Radboud University. As a PhD candidate, Michelle investigates the complex dynamics between factors that explain interindividual differences in cognitive functioning in normal and pathological aging.

“Healthy aging is something that appeals to me personally. I think this interest was particularly sparked when I got a part-time job in a nursing home in high school. Here I worked in a closed ward for elderly people with dementia. I helped with serving coffee, preparing food and playing games with the residents. I didn't really know what to expect at the time, but I experienced it as very positive and I was able to learn a lot here.

In my research, I am interested in how we can explain interindividual differences in healthy aging. An important factor is the health of our brain. Like the rest of our bodies, our brains change as we age. This can also affect our thinking ability. What I am curious about in my research is: How is it possible that some people function very differently in daily life, despite having the same brain health?

Michelle Jansen

Some time ago I completed my data collection. Of course, it is challenging to get started with this data, but I like it and see it as an opportunity to develop myself further. Moreover, I have been working towards this for a long time, so that makes it even more fun to finally get started. The goal is to complete my PhD research in eighteen months. After this, I hope to use all the knowledge gained to narrow the gap between scientific research and neuropsychological practice. In this way, we can continue to contribute to healthy aging in the future.”

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