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Prizes for students

Ups and downs for students from year 12 and/or vwo 6 who are selected for the Academic Challenge and the Dutch version of this challenge, the ‘Wetenschapscongres voor vwo’.

Academic challenges for students

The good news for these students was that Leiden University selected them to present their extended essay or profielwerkstuk during the academic challenges on June 12 and 18. They were already raring to get on stage and present their research and inspire the audience, existing of students from year 10/11 or vwo 4/5 that are about to write their extended essays. At the same time they would compete before a panel of judges, consisting out of professional researchers, to win the prize for best research presentation.


Unfortunately the good news soon was overshadowed by the announcement that both the Academic Challenge and the Wetenschapscongres voor vwo were cancelled, due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Both challenges are therefore postponed until 2021.


However, Leiden University decided to reward these selected students anyway by sending them the book tokens for 200 euros that students normally receive after presenting their research on stage. By awarding these annual prizes, the university aims to stimulate the quality of the extended essays in secondary education and to make a contribution towards the costs of the books for these prospective students. This year the prizes will be awarded to:

•    Jikke Bleijerveld and Marin van der Meer, Bonaventuracollege Mariënpoelstraat (Leiden) Extended essay: Motivatie: luxe of noodzaak?!

•    Sietske te Gronde, Het Stedelijk (Zutphen)
Extended essay: Laat maar zien wat je in huis hebt: Een tekentest als methode om hoogbegaafdheid bij jonge kinderen te signaleren

•    Matthijs Hoek, Rijnlands Lyceum (Oegstgeest)
Extended essay: The effects of SN and AGN feedback on galaxies: semi-analytic models as a representation of our Universe

•    Cas van der Pol and Berber Verhalle, Gymnasium Haganum (Den Haag)
Extended essay: Spinnen op cafeïne, een psychobiologisch onderzoek

•    Rianne Riemens, Stanislascollege Westplantsoen (Delft)
Extended essay: Wiskundige modellering van de epidemiologie: Een effectieve bestrijding van infectieziekten

•    Nawid Wardak, Lentiz Groen van Prinstererlyceum (Vlaardingen) 
Extended essay: The artificial heart; the future of medical technology

•    Luke van de Wouw, Markenhage (Breda)
Extended essay: Beïnvloeding van het stemgedrag 

•    Sumeia Yassiri, Lyceum Kralingen (Rotterdam)
Extended essay: De wereld van explosies

The Academic Challenge and the Wetenschapscongres voor vwo are organised by ICLON as part of Leiden University’s Loket Profielwerkstukken.

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