Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck Prizes for the Best Master Graduates
To encourage outstanding young chemists at the beginning of their career, the Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck-Foundation (Freiburg) annualy awards the best master graduates in chemistry at the University of Ulm. The award is named after the founder, who led the Section for Spectra and Structure Documentation (now section Chemical Information Systems) at the University of Ulm, until 1987, and died in May 2001.
Normally up to three graduates will be awarded, who graduated during the pervious academic year (deadline Sept. 30) within a total period of study of ten semsters (6 semesters of Bachelor plus 4 semesters for Master) and who belong to the best 10% of the academic year. One cannot apply for this prize nor can be nominated by somebody else.
The selected students will receive cash prizes, namely:
- first prize with 1000,- EURO
- second prize with 800,- EURO
- third prize with 600,- EURO
No legal right can be established for this award! Moreover, as in the case of Nobel-prizes there will be no explanation why particular canditates are not awarded.
The awarding ot the prize winners by representatives of the Foundation Board takes place during a special symposium of the chemical institutes or within a similar event.
After the price was first awarded in May 2005, the Department of Chemistry, under the leadership of the Dean Prof. Thorsten Bernhard, awarded it to its best graduates of the academic year 2017/2018 on May 2, 2019. The Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck-Foundation (Freiburg) was represented by Dr. Jürgen Vogt (University of Ulm) and Stephan Heinicke (Commerzbank Freiburg).
This year three students were awarded, who all passed the exams with a total score between 1.0 and 1.1. Two first prizes were given to Evelyn Artmann and Tanja Geng. The third prize was awarded to Pascal Wintergerst. The subsequent lecture was given by Prof. David A. Leigh (University of Manchester) on "Making the Tiniest Machines".