– It feels very good! It makes me happy to know that the work I put in is appreciated and that I can help others on their way to becoming researchers, says Thomas Kuhn.
It is the PhD students through the PhD Student Association at Luleå University of Technology that nominate supervisors for the prize. The motivation for Thomas Kuhn states, among other things, that "Thomas spreads the energy, support and enthusiasm needed to overcome many of the obstacles in life / ... / If you are feeling down, he gently hands you a ladder to come up again. If you are in a flow he lets you run and just makes sure that you don’t run in the completely wrong direction or over the edge."
What makes you a good supervisor?
– Maybe the fact that I always try to find time to listen and explain. I do not have a special method, but I try to put myself in the students postition and hence take their perspective on their challenges.
The entire motivation from Thomas Kuhn's PhD students:
There are people who leave a mark and mentors who lay the foundation for learning and motivation by teaching their students to believe in themselves. Thomas spreads the energy, support and enthusiasm needed to overcome many of the obstacles in life. Thanks to his support, the dissertation work never feels like a lonely undertaking.He always has time for his students and he tries to support everyone to reach their true potential. If you are feeling down, he gently hands you a ladder to come up again. If you are in a flow he lets you run and just makes sure that you don’t run in the completely wrong direction or over the edge. He is there every time and at any time if you have a question and through his answers he supports our ability to find solutions to problems and he doesn’t give up until we really understand. Even when asking the same questions over and over again, Thomas stays calm and never gives up. He truly has the feeling for the amount and kind of support needed in good and bad times.
Thomas Kuhn will receive the award at the annual Academic Ceremony on November 11th.