Stefanie Lawrinowitz, M.Sc. Chemical Biology
Our awardee Stefanie Lawrinowitz is an all-round talent who really lives up to the claim of interdisciplinarity. After her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, she switched to the Chemical Biology programme for her Master's degree, which she passed with flying colours and outstanding results. In her master thesis at the Institute of Pharmacy, she investigated natural products as chemical tools for studying leukotriene biosynthesis, which, according to her supervisor Prof. Werz, came out to be "a prime example of an excellent master thesis that is absolutely flawless". Beyond science, she is a competitive soccer player... every kick a goal! Congratulations on the well-deserved Graduation Award 2020 of the President for the Faculty of Chemical and Earth Sciences!
Prof. Dr Hans-Dieter Arndt, Dean
The Graduate Award of the Friedrich Schiller University is funded by the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena ("Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena"). The award ceremony took place in a small setting on 20 November 2020.
Dr Martin Klapper
In his doctoral thesis, Martin Klapper investigated how bacteria use chemical compounds to defend themselves against their enemies. Thanks to his precise and untiring spirit of research, he not only discovered a large number of unknown substances, he also established the foundation for further exciting projects. Particularly impressive was the range of methods Martin Klapper used during his work. In the end, it was an intelligent and creative combination of organic synthesis, chemical and biological analysis as well as molecular and microbiology that led him to his goal.
Dr Pierre Stallforth, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute (HKI), Supervisor of Dr Martin Klapper
The Doctoral Thesis Award Chemistry is funded by Analytik Jena AG. The award ceremony took place in a small setting on 20 November 2020.
Frieda Nagler, M.Sc. Chemistry
I am very happy that Frieda Nagler has been awarded this prize. She has broken completely new ground in her work with polyampholytic hydrogels - accordingly, many of the questions were fundamental. Meanwhile, two dissertations in my group are based on this preliminary work, which clearly shows the potential of this class of materials.
Prof. Dr Felix H. Schacher
The Graduate Award Chemistry is funded by Analytik Jena AG. The award ceremony took place in a small setting on 20 November 2020.
Friedrich Wilhelm Brandt, M.Sc. Geoinformatics
In his master thesis, Friedrich Brandt set himself the task of developing a description language for the automated execution of tasks in online courses on various cloud platforms. The approach implemented by Mr Brandt is trend-setting for the increasingly important eLearning training activities in connection with the handling of large amounts of data ("Big Data"). Mr Brandt was an attentive student throughout his student days and attracted attention with excellent contributions. As an intern at the Thuringian State Office for Land Management and Geoinformation, he was able to introduce himself so well that, after his master thesis on a permanent position, he is now responsible for the supervision of data management in the ATKIS area (ATKIS = Amtliches Topographisch-Kartographisches Informationssystem). This responsible position confirms his skills and reliability.
Prof. Dr Christiane Schmullius
The Graduate Award Geography is funded by codematix GmbH. The award ceremony took place in a small setting on 20 November 2020.
Madeline Richter, M.Sc. Geosciences
Madeline Richter investigated the tectonic and metamorphic evolution of an ophiolite deposit (= relics of fossilised ocean floors preserved in mountainous areas) in Albania. With her Master thesis, Mrs Richter has impressively demonstrated that she is capable of understanding geologically complex facts in a coherent manner, interpreting them across space and time scales, describing them in a linguistically comprehensible manner and also visualising them in a graphically appealing manner, using her great methodological competence from a wide range of individual stratigraphic, structural geological and petrographic observations. Her master thesis was the best qualification thesis I had the opportunity to supervise during my time in Jena.
Prof. Dr Kamil Ustaszewski
The Graduate Award Geosciences is funded by the Society for the Promotion of Earth Sciences Jena ("Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Geowissenschaften Jena"). The award ceremony took place in a small setting on 20 November 2020.