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Ten Groningen science students win national Young Talent prize

26 November 2018
The three Groningen Graduation Awardees | photo: Hilde de Wolf
The three Groningen Graduation Awardees | photo: Hilde de Wolf

On November 26th, ten students of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (University of Groningen) were presented with the Young Talent Prize by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) in the city of Haarlem. The prizes are for the advancement of higher scientific education in the fields of science and technology and are made available by businesses,  foundations, and funds in the respective fields.

Three Master’s students of the Faculty of Science and Engineering won the Young Talent Graduation Award :

Anouk Goossens

MSc Nanoscience

Shell Graduation Award for Physics, for her Master’s thesis: Investigating Nb-doped SrTiO3 Schottky Junctions as a Platform for Bio-inspired Computing | 5,000 euros

Short summary thesis

Read more on Goossens' researching building blocks of the electronic brain

Luna van der Loos

MSc Marine biology

Enza Zaden Graduation Award for Biology, for her Master’s theses: Predicting the responses of seaweeds to ocean acidification: unexpected growth and photosynthetic responses of species with different carbon uptake strategies | 3,000 euros. Enza Zaden is a plant breeding company.

Short summary thesis

The journal Ecology and Evolution published an article on Van der Loos' study*

Victhalia Zapata Castillo

MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences

Dutch Gas Industry Award, on her Master’s theses: Hydrogen from desert areas. Hydrogen production in desert areas for export in comparison to a Dutch domestic hydrogen system | 2,000 euros. The award was made possible by the KVGN.

Seven first-year Bachelor’s students won a Young Talent Incentive Award of 500 euros. They are the best first-year student of the Netherlands in their field, with the highest average score of their year. The awarded students are:

Bachelor’s student


Made possible by

Wietze Koops

BSc Mathematics

Young Talent Incentive Award for Mathematics and Applied mathematics


Alan Wichink Kruit

BSc Applied Physics

Young Talent Incentive Award for Physics and Applied physics

Physica Foundation

Pieter Brongers

BSc Chemical Engineering

Young Talent Incentive Award for Chemistry

Shell Global Solutions Int.

Malina Chichir─âu

BSc Artificial Intelligence

Young Talent Incentive Award for Computing Science and Engineering


Jiyea Kim

BSc Chemical Engineering

Young Talent Incentive Award for Chemical Engineering

Koninklijke Van Wijhe Verf (Royal Van Wijhe Paint)

Janneke Heidema

BSc Pharmacy

Young Talent Incentive Award for Pharmacy or (bio) pharmaceutical sicences

KNMP (national pharmacist’s organisation)

Linde Wieringa

BSc Biology

Young Talent Incentive Award for Biology

Enza Zaden (plant breeding company)

Several winning Bachelor’s students are doing two Bachelor's programmes or an Honours programme.

* van der Loos, L.M., Schmid, M., Leal, P.P., McGraw, C.M., Britton, D., Revill, A.T., Virtue, P., Nichols, P.D. & Hurd, C.L. (2018) Responses of macroalgae to CO2 enrichment cannot be inferred solely from their inorganic carbon uptake strategy. Ecology and Evolution (in press). doi: 10.1002/ece3.4679.

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