Student talentUtrecht University boasts many talented students. These are examples of bright minds who strive for a better future. "Nothing beats finding an elegant solution to a seemingly intractable problem."Ragnar Groot Koerkamp, Timon Knigge and Harry Smit took the third place in the North-West European Programming Championship. “Persist in pursuing your dreams, work hard and success is inevitable.”Alexandra Heerbaart, Lisanne de Lange and Kiki van Wijk are members of the Dutch Hockey team that won the European Championship Indoor Hockey in 2016. “The best environment for personal development is outside your comfort zone.”Karin van Trijp, master's student at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, won Utrecht University's Social-Achievements Award in 2015. “By combining theoretical and experimental research, we have learned so many fascinating things."Marianne Knoester, master's student Theoretical Physics, won the Eindhoven-Utrecht Science and Technology Student Award 2014-2015. “The Purifying Greenhouse is energy efficient, but its true beauty is bringing people together.”Brendy Batenburg, master's student Sustainable Development, won the Sustainability Challenge 2015 as part of Team Waterschappelijk. “The extreme water challenges of this century will confront the next generation young water professionals with unprecedented responsibilities.”Tim Busker, master's student Earth, Surface and Water, won a scholarship from the Topsector Water. “Water shapes the world: our goal is to understand this complex process to solve future water challenges like sea level rise.”Laura Coumou, master's student Earth, Surface and Water, won a scholarship from the Topsector Water. “Combining my study with top-level sports has taught me a great deal about discipline, dedication and how to persevere through challenging times.”Jessica Merkens, master's student Neuroscience and Cognition. Aside from that, she is a marathon skater at the highest national and international levels. "There's still so much I dream of doing."Maryam studies Pharmacy, teaches it at the IMC Weekend School and also has written a textbook on her subject. "Ordinary would just be ordinary."Jacob van de Kerkhof is a student at Utrecht Law College and also an up-and-coming rowing talent. "Companies struggle with Snapchat."Liam Tjoa is a Bachelor's student of Information and Computing Sciences and a Snapchat entrepreneur. “As a young mother, you think about how children learn.” This year Laura gave birth to her second son, but she's going ahead with her pre-Master's programme in Mathematics to pursue her passion for logical reasoning. "I've always persevered, even when experiments failed."Jochem Wijten won the Unilever Research Prize for his Master's thesis. He now works as a PhD candidate in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis department. “It's not that different from my day job.”Laurens van Roomen is a Master's student of Sustainable Business and Innovation and owner of a virtual reality start-up. “Striving to achieve a sustainable society is urgent but complex.”Nick Bijlsma is a Master's student of Sustainable Development. He features in this year's Sustainable Young 100 list of young people committed to sustainability. "I want to show others everything that's possible."Moska Hassanzai, studies Pharmacy and is a member of the board of "Stichting Nang" (aid organisation for Afghan people). "I want to improve the image of people in wheelchairs."