Female Student Mentoring and Networking

You are enrolled in a study program that is relevant for the Collaborative Research Center Cryptography-Based Security Solutions (CRC CROSSING), e.g. IT security, computer science, physics, or a related field at TU Darmstadt or computer science at University of Paderborn or University of Duisburg-Essen? You are interested in the development of cryptography-based security solutions of the future? You want to learn more about science and research? Then the CRC CROSSING invites you to apply for the

CROSSING Female Student Mentoring and Networking Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many top conferences take place as virtual events and the CROSSING Female Student Mentoring and Networking program also applies to participation in such virtual events. Examples for upcoming all-virtual top conferences are

Feel free to propose further IT-Security related conferences of interest in your application!

The “CROSSING Female Student Mentoring and Networking Program” encourages you to launch a career in science. An experienced researcher supports you as a mentor. Besides discussions and consultation you have the possibility to participate in an international conference on CROSSING-related topics and to get familiar with the scientific community accompanied by your mentor. You will experience top-level science close up and can network with international researchers.

Furthermore, the program offers you the opportunity to meet other female students and scientists doing research in related fields.


Please send your application to the equal opportunity officer of the CRC CROSSING that consists of:

  • a letter of motivation with reference to the relevant conference
  • an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • an up-to-date performance record of your study programme (Leistungsspiegel)
  • a short accompanying letter of your mentor where he or she declares the willingness to accompany you to the relevant conference and to support you within the frame of the mentoring program. Alternatively, we can search for a mentor for you.

Application deadline: There is no deadline, you can apply anytime.

Costs: The mentoring program and the conference are free of charge for you.

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


You can find here some possible mentors sorted alphabetically:

Topic Mentor
Network Security Jiska Claasen
Hardware-assisted Security Ghada Dessouky
Applied Cryptography Kristina Hostáková
Post-Quantum Cryptography Dr. Juliane Krämer
Cryptography and Privacy Engineering Helen Möllering
Software Techology Group / CogniCrypt Dr. Krishna Narasimhan
Software Techology Group / CogniCrypt Anna-Katharina Wickert
for many other topics go to the list of all CROSSING researchers

Participants of the Female Student Mentoring and Networking Program

Year Mentee Mentor Conference
2018 Carolin Gross Jiska Classen UbiComp’18
2019 Soundes Marzougui Juliane Krämer ARES’19
2020 Nadine Völkl Jiska Classen 36C3'19
2020 Hannah Keller Helen Möllering ACM CCS’20


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

Anna-Laura Raschke
Phone: 06151/16-26813