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Get to know Nina Kupper!

What is your name?

Dr. Nina Kupper

What is your role/position in the IDA program?

I am course coordinator and lecturer of Biological Correlates of Individual Differences. In addition, I supervise internships, first year papers, and master theses.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching since 2005.

What do you like about teaching?

I like to interact with students, teach students to use the latest technological novelties from our lab, such as emotion expression software, and to see a student grow into an independent scientist during the thesis writing process.

What is the reason you became a researcher?

Because of my personality characteristics :). I am inquisitive, I want to know how things actually work, what underlying processes are responsible. I am also broadly interested in all kinds of knowledge.

Are there times when you doubt researching or university?

I never doubt my research has value, and the university is a very nice place to work. However, current society asks a lot of the scientist with ambition, which at times results in a high workload.

What makes IDA students unique?

Their diverse backgrounds, in terms of countries the students originate from, educational backgrounds, and paths travelled.

If you could change something in the university setting, what would you change?

The way we recognize and reward researchers, although this is a national, if not international issue as well.

What advice would you give future IDA students?

Be open to new experiences, stay inquisitive, and you’ll trive…. and good is good enough 😉

What is a collaborative project that you liked and worked with an IDA student on?

Examining the latent profiles of stress related physiological measures – Do you want to read the published article? Click here!

How are you experiencing the teacher-student relationship in the IDA program?

I think the student-teacher relationship is informal, which is beneficial to the learning process. I like the interaction that is present from day 1. I like the fact that a student may ask me something I do not know, and need to think about.

If you are not teaching or doing research, what else do you like doing in your personal time?

I like my daily walks with my dog (I have a big hunting dog), I work out (when gyms re-open), spinning and yoga mostly, and I appreciate a good, relaxing whodunit in the evening.

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