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Thesis prize 2019

Yearly, we offer 10 outstanding Master's students the opportunity to join the IAS research community and work on their final thesis at the IAS. The best and most original thesis will be awarded with a prize.

2019 UvA IAS Excellence students in front of the IAS building

IAS excellence students 2019

For the academic year 2018-2019 the following Master's students have been selected, based on academic track record, motivation and thesis topic:

  • Eva Abels, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Effects of a 12-week aerobic exercise intervention on hippocampal neurometabolism in young healthy adults – A 7T MRS study
  • Julia Anten, Computational Science
    Causal mapping of major depression in complexity modelling
  • Bas Chatel, Computational Science
    Causal mapping of major depression in complexity modelling
  • Mario Giulianelli, Artificial Intelligence
    Linguistic phenomena of homophily and alignment in public conversations
  • Natalie Anne Kastel, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Revolutionizing education through complexity theory
  • Fiona Lipperta, Computational Science
    Information dissipation in criminal networks
  • Sofia Orellana, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Longitudinal functional network changes in glioma patients
  • David Santamaría Legarda, Logic and Mathematics
    Theory of classes
  • Simone Schneider, Cultural Sociology
    Paying for erotic online intimacy. Motivations and gratifications of consumers of adult webcam performances

Prize winners 2019

The selection committee decided to award three students a prize:

  • Eva Abels received a 500 euro cash prize for her thesis "Effects of a 12-week aerobic exercise intervention on hippocampal neurometabolism in young healthy adults – A 7T MRS study." The selection committee praised Eva for the massive amount of work she has done and her excellent reporting;
  • Sofia Orellana was awarded the opportunity to present her work at the International Conference on Computational Science next year (ICCS 2020). The selection committee specifically praised the novelty of her thesis: "Detecting Cascading Network Failure in Glioma: Developing a novel metric for failure assessment".
  • Fiona Lippert received a book for her rigorous work on "Information Dissipation in Criminal Networks".
Eva Abels is awarded the prize for the best Master's thesis
Eva Abels

Interview with Sofia Orellana