Previous Winners of the Student Award Best Master's thesis


Chiara Lacroix is the winner of the Best Master's Thesis 2022. Chiara has pored over huge piles of English and French medical literature to find a pattern in how humans are considered in relation to time.


The award for Best Master's Thesis 2021 goes to Robin Verstraten for his thesis entitled ‘The fractional Langevin equation’. 


Marrit Woudwijk won the Best Master's Thesis Award 2020. Her thesis immediately drew the jury’s attention. In her thesis “The Lesser Truth: Truth Construction on Remote Warfare and the Case of the US-led anti-ISIS Coalition in Syria”, Woudwijk explores how Syrian refugees think about the bombings of their land, and how their experience relates to how this war is being represented in the Netherlands.


Laureanne Willems is this year's winner (master Comparative Literary Studies).


Elizabeth Dirth is this year's winner (master Sustainable Development).


Maarten Bransen (laudatio in Dutch) is this year's winner (master nanomaterials)


Rick Vreman (winner, master Pharmacy). Thesis title: "Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease as a mediator of sugar effects; implications for the health and economic benefits of interventions in the US".
Jochem Wijten: Nanomaterials Science. Thesis title: Development of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Photocatalytic applications.
Roel Wouters: Medicine. Thesis title: Am I my family’s keeper?


Kinanya Pijl (Legal Research Master, Law, Economics and Governance) won the student award in the category ‘Best Master’s Thesis’. The title of her thesis is “ICANN and Human Rights. A quest for safeguards to guarantee an Internet based on international human rights”. Read her laudatio (in Dutch).
Guido van Miert: Theoretical Physics. Thesis title: Tight binding theory of spin-orbit coupling in graphynes.
Kees Mulder: Methodology and Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Thesis title: Extending Bayesian analysis of circular data to comparison of multiple groups


Casper Pranger, alumnus of the Master's programme in Earth Structure and Dynamics (winner, Earth Sciences). Casper carried out research on the current geodynamic state of our planet in the earthquake-prone Banda region of south-western Indonesia. 
Katherine Frederick: Modern History, Social and Economic History. Thesis title: Global Competition in the Local Marketplace: The Impact of Foreign Cotton Cloth Imports on British West African Cotton Textile Industries During the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Eras
Marries van de Hoef: IT, Game and Media Technology. Thesis title: Real-Time Dynamic Radiosity for High Quality Global Illumination


Pablo Acuna Luongo (winner), History and Philosophy of Science, thesis “Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination of Theory Choice”.
Arne Hillebrand, Informatica, Computing Science
Silvia Rietdijk, Methodology and Statistics of the Behavioural and Social Sciences

Look at the movie about the nominees.


Nik de Boer (winner), Legal Research, thesis “Constitutional identity, fundamental rights and the issue of divergent rights standards in the EU”. 
Elma Carvajal Gallardo, Biomedical Images Sciences
Marjolein van Egmond, master Linguistics
Renske ter Wisscha van Scheltinga, Earth Sciences


Jeroen Bouterse (winner), Historical and comparative studies of the sciences and humanities, thesis: ''Fallen into nature. Augustine, Melanchton and the relation between original sin and nature-knowledge''.
Anna Scharschmidt, Economics and Geography.
Milena Tsvetkova, Sociology and Social Research.


Michiel Cottaar (winner), Astrophysics, thesis: "A Model of Coronal Streamers with Underlying Flux Ropes".
Nina Elbers, Chemistry and Physics. 
Robert Flierman, Medieval Studies. 
Marloes van Waijenburg, Comparative History. 


Gerhard Bos (winner), Research master in Philosophy, thesis: "Kant’s critical thoughts on freedom from a contemporary perspective, to what extent are these thoughts of practical philosophical significance for us?".
Remko Hoendervoogt, Research master Physical Geography.
Elisabeth de Bruijn, International research master Medieval Studies.


Femke Marijn Stok (winner), Psychological health, thesis: “Emotional eating: Not the emotion but its regulation explains subsequent eating behavior".
Dennie van Dolder, Sociology and social research.
Wietske Visser, Cognitive artificial intelligence.


Laureanne Willems is this year's winner (master Sustainable Development).