Six outstanding PhD students at the Biological Research Centre awarded this year’s Straub Young Scientist Prize


The Straub Young Scientist Prize was established in 2017 by the Director General of the Biological Research Centre (BRC) to reward outstanding young scientists working for their PhD degree under the mentorship of senior research fellows of BRC. The prize was awarded for the third time and provides a HUF 100,000 monthly supplement to the PhD fellowship for a period of one year.

This year, six PhD students were awarded the prize from a total of 32 applicants:

  • András Kincses, Institute of Biophysics, mentor: András Dér
  • Henry Surya, Institute of Genetics, mentor: Melinda Pirity
  • Anikó Szabó, Institute of Biochemistry, mentor: Imre Boros and László Henn
  • Petra Szili, Institute of Biochemistry, mentor: Csaba Pál
  • Ervin Tasnádi, Institute of Biochemistry, mentor: Péter Horváth
  • Nikolett Zsibrita, Institute of Biochemistry, mentor: Antal Kiss

The prize rewards young scientists performing documented excellent scientific work during their PhD program at BRC. Criteria for application is at least one completed year in a degree course, i.e. fellows in year 2-4 of their studies may apply. Students who have finished their 4th year (or the 3rd year in the ‘old system’) and initiated the official process to obtain the degree are also eligible.

The prize is distributed through an application system. The fellows can apply with their own research results obtained from their doctoral research studies. The selection procedure consists of two parts: a written application and oral presentation, both in English. The written applications should include the concept of the research, the obtained results and future objectives. Based on the evaluation of the written applications, the jury invites worthy applicants for an oral presentation and discussion with the aim of evaluating the applicant’s knowledge and presentation skills. The jury consists of scientists in equal number from the four institutes of BRC. The decision of the jury is independent of the field and is based solely on the criteria of scientific excellence.

Congratulations to the winners! We wish them every success in their scientific work and doctoral studies.

Photo: Yvette Frank