Two young research talents off to top foreign institutes

Reinier Meester (Erasmus MC) and Stephanie Wassenburg (Social Sciences) both recently received their PhDs. Thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) they can now continue their studies at foreign research institutes.


Dr R.G.S. (Reinier) Meester) (Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center) will spend 24 months at Stanford University School of Medicine modelling the serrated polyp pathway to colorectal cancer. The serrated polyp is a poorly understood pathway to colorectal cancer, which may account for one third of all cases. The aim is to develop an evidence-based simulation model to inform decisions on colorectal cancer screening and surveillance of patients with serrated polyps.

Dr S.I. (Stephanie) Wassenburg (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will spend 24 months at Carnegie Mellon University, Human-Computer Interaction Institute to study Video blogging as a modern learning strategy. The growth in technology requires new approaches to learning. This project will investigate the effectiveness of video blogging in education. In addition it will examine how innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality, can support and facilitate the learning process.

The Rubicon programme gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience. A total of 80 researchers – 43 men and 37 women – submitted a proposal for Rubicon. The overall award rate was 19%. The award rate was 14% for men and 24% for women. Twelve laureates are going to the United States, one to the United Kingdom, one to Belgium, and one to Sweden. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career.


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