Female Student Mentoring and Networking

Do you study a subject related to the Collaborative Research Center CROSSING, e.g. IT Security, Computer Science, Physics or a neighbouring subject at TU Darmstadt or Computer Science at University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Paderborn or University of Regensburg? Are you interested in developing cryptography-based security solutions of the future? Do you want to learn more about science and research? Then the CRC CROSSING invites you to apply for the CROSSING Mentoring and Networking Program for female students.


The CROSSING Female Student Mentoring and Networking Program encourages you to pursue a career in science. An experienced researcher will support you as a mentor. In addition to discussions and guidance, you will have the opportunity to participate in an international conference on CROSSING-related topics and to get acquainted with the scientific community in the company of your mentor. You will experience cutting-edge science first hand and network with international researchers. The program will also give you the opportunity to meet other students and researchers working in related fields.

Please send your application to the Equal Opportunities Officer of the CRC CROSSING, consisting of

  • a letter of motivation with reference to the relevant conference
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a current transcript of your academic record (Leistungsspiegel)
  • a short letter of support from your mentor, in which they declare their willingness to accompany you to the relevant conference and to support you within the scope of the mentoring program. Alternatively, we can find a mentor for you.

Application deadline
There is no deadline, you can apply at any time.

The mentoring program and the conference are free of charge.

A list of top conferences in cybersecurity is available at ATHENE Center. Feel free to propose further IT security related conferences of interest in your application!

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The CROSSING Female Student Mentoring and Networking Program explained in 40 seconds!


In the following, we have listed some possible mentors by research group. For mentors of other research groups and with different research topics go to the list of all CROSSING researchers.

Research Group Mentor
Applied Cryptography, TU Darmstadt Elena Micheli
Cryptography and Complexity Theory, TU Darmstadt Olga Sanina
Cryptography and Privacy Engineering, TU Darmstadt Gowri R Chandran
Cryptography and Privacy Engineering, TU Darmstadt Nora Khayata
Data Security and Cryptography, University of Regensburg Prof. Juliane Krämer
Software Technology Group, TU Darmstadt Anna-Katharina Wickert
Software Technology Group, TU Darmstadt Dr. Krishna Narasimhan

Participants of the Program

Year Mentee Mentor Conference
2024 Gözde Saçıak Elena Micheli Eurocrypt 2024
2024 Franziska Schneider Katrin Hartwig CHI 2024
2023 Svenja Kernig Anna-Katharina Wickert ICSE 2023 and MSR 2023
2022 Laura Hetz Helen Möllering TPMPC'22
2022 Hannah Keller Helen Möllering TPMPC'22
2020 Hannah Keller Helen Möllering ACM CCS’20
2020 Nadine Völkl Jiska Classen 36C3'19
2019 Soundes Marzougui Juliane Krämer ARES’19
2018 Carolin Gross Jiska Classen UbiComp’18


Equal Opportunity Officer
Collaborative Research Center CROSSING

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schneider
Phone: 06151/16-27300

Gender consulting for collaborative research
Gender Equality Office TU Darmstadt

Dr. Anna Laura Raschke
Phone: 06151/16-26813