The Jan Kluyver prize for the best English summary of a Nikhef PhD thesis was established in 2010 by the Education Committee of the Research School for Subatomic Physics. The jury consists of the former directors of Nikhef.
Without the effort of prof. dr. Jan Kluyver the Nikhef collaboration in 1975 wouldn’t have been possible. Because the key output of Nikhef is undoubtedly the excellent education of the physicists that earn their PhDs at Nikhef, and because they partly determine Nikhef’s future research fields, the prize carries the name of Jan Kluyver.
Maria Bader wins the Jan Kluyver Prize 2021 for the best English-language summary in her thesis on seismic noise models for gravity wave detectors such as Advanced Virgo and the future Einstein Telescope, possibly in Limburg. Read more >>
Melissa van Beekveld’s PhD thesis is about the computational techniques used by theorists to predict outcomes of measurements from particle theory, the Standard Model. Van Beekveld shows how these can be made more precise without making the computation impossible, by means of so-called ‘resummation’.
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Hogenbirk: ‘A layman’s explanation is a requirement of the UvA but I also liked writing it. For friends and family who would otherwise spend hours hearing words they don’t understand during promotion. Those few pages of explanations were really hard work, with new versions all the time after comments from my girlfriend, my father-in-law, a good friend. I think we finally succeeded together.’ Read more >>
In 2018, Jeroen Meidam and Jacopo Fumagalli received the Jan Kluyver Prize for the best English summary of a Nikhef thesis. During the Nikhef annual meeting in Utrecht, Jeroen and Jacopo received the prize from jury chairman Karel Gaemers. Read more (Dutch only) >>
Lydia Brenner received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam on Friday, September 22, 2017 with her thesis “Character Profile of the Higgs boson.” Read more (Dutch only) >>
The Jan Kluyver Prize for the best English summary of a Nikhef PhD thesis was awarded to Siim Tolk in 2016. Tolk received his PhD from the University of Groningen with his thesis “Discovery of Rare B Decays”. Read more (Dutch only) >>
In 2015 the Jan Kluyver prize was awarded to Stefan Gadatsch – Read PhD thesis
In 2014, Enrico Schioppa received the Jan Kluyver Prize. Schioppa conducted research within the Detector R&D group at Nikhef and received his PhD in December 2014 with the thesis The Color of X-Rays. Read more (Dutch only) >>
In 2013 the Jan Kluyver prize was awarded to Sander Mooij – Read PhD thesis
In 2012 the Jan Kluyver prize was awarded to Daan van Eijk – Read PhD thesis
In 2012, Daan van Eijk received the Jan Kluyver Prize. Daan van Eijk did research within the LHCb group at Nikhef and received his PhD in October 2012 with the thesis ‘Ageing and the Decay of Beauty: Radiation Hardness of the LHCb Outer Tracker and Time-Dependent CP Violation using B0s → J/ψ Φ Decays’. Read more (Dutch only) >>
In 2012, the Jan Kluyver Prize was awarded to Gideon Koekoek and Alexander Doxiadis. Koekoek received his PhD in theoretical physics and has been doing research within the Gravitational Waves group since 2006. The English summary of his thesis, The Geodesic Deviation Method and Extreme Mass-Ratio Systems, was chosen as one of the two best of 2011. Doxiadis holds a PhD in theoretical physics and has been doing research within the ATLAS group since 2006. He won the award for the English summary of his thesis Searching For The Top – Observation Of The Heaviest Elementary Particle At The LHC. Read more (Dutch only) >>
In 2010, the very first Jan Kluyver Prize was awarded to Tristan du Pree. Du Pree graduated in theoretical physics at Utrecht University and had been doing research within the LHCb group since 2006. The English summary of his thesis, ‘Search for a Strange Phase in Beautiful Oscillations’, was chosen as the best of the year 2010. Read more >>
Information about the prize
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