Vliegenthart Thesis Award

The award was instituted to mark Prof Dr Hans Vliegentharts retirement as chairman of the Utrecht University Fund in 2004. The idea was and is to show a talented student to the world outside and especially the alumni community. The award consists of €2.000,- and is awarded in turn in the disciplines of the Humanities, Life Sciences, Science and Social and Behavourial Sciences. Check out the award regulations for the contact details and a full overview of criteria and the procedure.

In 2021, the prize was awarded to the best Master's thesis in the field of Humanities from 2020.

Felix Kümmerer wint Vliegenthart Scriptieprijs
Prof. Vliegenthart with Felix Kümmerer at the award ceremony in 2019

Winners of the Vliegenthart Thesis Award

2020 Liselotte Podda - Negotiating a Sea of White: Whiteness and Diversity in Dutch Opera Practices
2019 Özge Algül - Pursuing peace: The Return of Bosnian War Refugees from "Paradise Lands" to "Home"
2018 Felix Kümmerer - On the Molecular Determinants of Modal Gating Shifts in Potassium Channels
2017 Aafje de Roest - Buurtvaders: a critical reading of the performance of represent by four Dutch hip-hop artists
2016 Roel van den Broek - Train Shunting and Service Scheduling: an integrated local search approach
2015 Eva Heeger - Controlling your online profile: reality or an illusion? A research into informed consent as a mechanism to regulate commercial profiling
2014 Linda Henricks - What is the role of RasGRP1 and SOS1 in colorectal cancer?
2013 Tabitha van Zinnen - Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer: Blasfemie, parrèsia en de strijd om vrijheid
2012 Max Potters - Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of the 2D Euler and Shallow Water Models
2011 Koen Docter - Cruel murderers, dangerous fanatics or exotic strangers
2010 Kay Wiebrands - A role of epithelial-mesenchymal transitions in carcinogenic progression
2009 Isis Bûtot - The Literary as Translation: The Linguistic Homelessness of the Language of the Novel
2008 Filip Schuurman - Dynamics of Sharp Meander Bends on an Intertidal Mudflat
2007 Luuk Slooter - Cité Dreams: An Analysis of the French Suburban Riots of 2005
2006 Hinze Hogendoorn - The state of the art in visual object recognition
2005 Frédérique Brinkerink - Canova à Paris, Chinard à Rome





Prof Hans Vliegenthart was Chairman of the Utrecht University Fund from 1999 until 2004. His chairmanship was of great significance for the University and the University Fund alike. Starting in the 1990s, Utrecht University and the Utrecht University Fund made significant efforts to achieve good contacts with graduates. The guiding principle was the need for a joint alumni policy. Since 1999, the University-wide alumni policy and the duties of the University Fund have been integrated in a single organisation.


Hans Vliegenthart is an eminent scientist, who has published hundreds of articles, especially in the field of organic chemistry.

He has achieved multiple awards for his scientific achievements, including:

  • Membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990);
  • Honorary doctorates at the University of Debrecen, Hungary (1992), University for Science and Technology in Lille, France (1993) and University of Stockholm, Sweden (1997);
  • Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (1998);
  • Utrecht University Silver Medal (2003).


For contact details and a full overview of criteria, see the Award Regulations.