This year’s Darwins trophies for the best Master’s and Bachelor’s theses by Biology students both went to students from Utrecht University. Emma van Grinsven received the Darwin trophy for the best Bachelor’s thesis, and Mariska Simpson was presented with the award for her Master’s thesis. Van Grinsven also won the prize for the best BSc presentation. The Darwin trophies are awarded each year during the annual National Biology Students Conference.
After a preliminary selection by each of the university’s student associations, a total of 25 Bachelor’s theses and 15 Master’s theses entered the competition. The scientific jury brought this number back to three each. In addition to their thesis, the six finalists had to distinguish themselves at the conference by their presentation and the questioning by the jury, that was composed of Dr. Sander Gussekloo (University of Wageningen), Dr. Peter Klaren (Radboud University Nijmegen), Leen den Oever (Director of the Nederlands Instituut voor Biologie), Dr. Sharon Kolk (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Prof. Tinka Murk (University of Wageningen).