Hanna Rövenich has won the 2012 Thesis Prize. The German student of Plant Biotechnology impressed the jury with her research on the mechanism of a fungal infection on tomato plants.
According to the jury report, Hanna's thesis was by far the best of this academic year. 'The jury was very impressed by the level of excellence of her research, the new methodology and the potential for publication in a high ranking journal. On these grounds the jury unanimously thinks her thesis can be seen as an extraordinary achievement.'
Hanna's research was used by a PhD student and a postdoc as a basis for further research. 'They have some interesting results and are currently working on a publication. I haven't talked to them, so I have no idea if I will be cited in the article.' Hanna is now doing a PhD with the Department of Phytopathology. 'I still work on tomato plants but with a different fungus.'
The three other winners of the Thesis Prize are Sebastiaan Hoenen (Social Sciences), Frans Boogaard (Agrotechnology and Food) and Anne Wegner (Environmental Sciences).