Casper Hesp, student of psychology and astronomy, has won the Student Excellence Award 2013 for the best student of the year at the University of Groningen. He was chosen from the nine winners of the GUF-100 prizes, which are awarded to the most excellent student from each faculty. The winners were announced on Friday 5 July 2013 during the Summer Ceremony, which officially marks the end of the academic year.
Casper Hesp is combining a degree programme in Psychology with a programme in Astronomy. He excels in both subjects, having obtained the ‘perfect’ mark 10 for several course units. In addition, he is a keen sportsman, is taking the Honours College and is actively involved in various student committees.
GUF-100 prizes and Excellence Award
The GUF-100 prizes for excellent students were first awarded in 1993 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Groningen University Fund (GUF). Prizes were awarded every five years until 2010, at which point the GUF and the Board of the University decided to present prizes every year instead. The University of Groningen Excellence Award was first awarded in 2009 to mark the foundation of the University of Groningen Honours College. The winner is chosen from among the winners of the GUF-100 prizes.
Each GUF-100 prize is worth € 2,500 and the winner of the Student Excellence Award receives another € 2,500 .
Prof. P.C. van der Kruit
, chair of the jury for the GUF-100 prizes and the University of Groningen Excellence Award.
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