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Record number of Leiden students receive Young Talent Awards

An astonishing twelve students from Leiden University have received a Young Talent Award from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities in Haarlem, a record. During the festive ceremony on 25 November, five master students received a Young Talent Graduation Award for their thesis and seven first-year students received a Young Talent Incentive Award.

Afstudeerprijs

The Graduation Award is given to master students for their thesis. Important criteria for this prize are the innovative character of the research, the theoretical foundation and the significance for society. The following students from Leiden have received a Graduation Award:

  • Julia Lopez Delgado – East-West Seed Graduation Award for Plant Sciences (5,000 euros)
    Julia graduated in biology and receives the award for her thesis 'History or demography? Determining the drivers of genetic variation in North American plants'.
  • Joost Wardenier – De Zeeuw-Van Dishoeck Graduation Award for Astronomy (3,000 euros)
    Joost graduated in astronomy and receives the prize for his thesis 'Holograms on Hawaii: A Holographic Aperture Mask for Keck OSIRIS'. The prize was founded by Leiden professors Ewine van Dishoeck and Tim de Zeeuw. 
  • Stefano Polla – Lorentz Graduation Prize for Theoretical Physics (3,000 euros) 
    Stefano graduated in physics and receives the prize for his thesis 'Quantum Digital Cooling'.
  • Mandy Meijer – Pfizer Prize for Life Sciences (3rd prize, 1,000 euros)
    Many completed Biomedical Sciences and received the award for her thesis 'Identification of Molecular Correlates Underlying Stress Resilience'.
  • Max Trauernicht – Pfizer Prize for Life Sciences (1st prize, 3,000 euros)
    Max completed Biomedical Sciences and received the prize for his thesis 'Perturbing chromatin to study the DNA double-strand break repair pathway choice'. During the award ceremony, Max presented the results of his thesis.
Mandy Meijer and Max Trauernicht

Incentive Award

Seven Leiden students received a Young Talent Incentive Award of 500 euro, a prize especially for first-year students. They received the prize for the best study results in their field in the first year of study.

  • Rose Vossen, Chemical Conversion Prize
  • Daan van Valkengoed, Pharmacy or (Bio-)Pharmaceutical Sciences Prize
  • Suze van Brummelen, Biology Prize
  • Samuel Tiersma, Mathematics and Technical Mathematics Prize
  • Maarten Elion, Physics and Technical Physics Prize
  • Tjeerd de Jong, Chemistry Prize
  • Thomas de Mol, Informatics and Technical Informatics Prize
Winners of the Incentive Award, including a number of Leiden students

Images: Hilde de Wolf. 

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