Mentors

The MSc in Logic is a highly individual programme: about 75% of the credits are either based on individual research (including the thesis) or free choice courses. These courses are chosen based on the knowledge that the students have when they come to Amsterdam, their personal interests in logic, and their goals in research. In order to make it possible to choose wisely and goal-oriented, each student has a personal academic mentor who helps him or her to choose courses, and also to find adequate topics for research and an MSc thesis.

These academic mentors should not be confused with the student mentors.

Assignment of Academic Mentors

The academic mentors are assigned before the new students come to Amsterdam. We aim at trying to match the interests of the student with the interest and expertise of the mentors. However, since we normally do not know the students when we make this assignment, mismatch is not impossible. If a change of mentor seems desirable, students should discuss this openly with their current mentor or contact Tanja Kassenaar.

Role of the Academic Mentor

  • New students should meet their academic mentor before the start of the first academic year. In case this is not possible, a Skype meeting or a serious email exchange are recommended.
  • The mentor will try to determine strengths, weaknesses and interests of the student, in particular, the student's ambitions in the MSc Logic and beyond.
  • Each semester, the mentor discusses the courses with the student, suggesting a selection of courses based on the student's strengths, weaknesses and interests.
  • The mentor monitors the student's progress and assists in case of academic problems. The student should report any problems to the mentor.
  • The mentor discusses possible individual research projects with the student and suggests potential supervisors for these projects (both inside and outside the MSc of Logic, including other universities in the Netherlands).
  • The mentor assists the student in finding the appropriate research area for the thesis and a fitting supervisor. The mentor mediates between the student and the thesis supervisor in case of problems.
  • The mentor discusses with the student (academic and non-academic) career opportunities after the MSc Logic.
  • The academic mentor and the student exchange emails and set up meetings in a timely fashion. However, students should be aware that mentors cannot always respond and/or meet right away due to their many responsibilities.
  • If the mentor does not have the knowledge and expertise to give the mentee good advice with respect to a certain matter, the mentor consults with someone who is able to help the student, or refers the student directly to this person.

The following is a list of the current mentors: