The Radboud University presented “a smart way to spend your summer”, which was the motto of the annual Summer School. During two weeks many courses were offered from for example natural sciences, economics and law.
I joined the course “Molecules, Mice and Math: A Statistical Toolbox for the Lab” which was led by the statistician Dr. Ton de Haan, Assistant Professor Biostatistics, Health Evidence, Radboudumc, and his daughter, Judith de Haan, PhD student, UMC Utrecht. Within one week we got an insight into basic statistics, ANOVA, regression analysis and also experimental designs as well as sample size calculations. Every of these lectures was combined with a computer course to better understand the complexity and to utilize statistical programs on different questions. The whole course was very helpful and interesting, as it was composed of a lot of interaction between students and lecturers.
During the evenings, there were social events which facilitated networking and the exchange with other participants, not only about current lab work, but also about culture and personal origin. We were many students from all over the world and it was a pleasure to join such a well-organized event. It was an exciting experience getting to know the Radboud University in the small but beautiful city of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and also the people there.