For master theses written in 2019 at the Faculty of Geosciences (UU)
Every year during the introduction there will be a ceremony of the Marc de Smidt Thesis Prize. This year it will be different because of the COVID-19.
The ceremony will be live, but the current master students can follow the ceremony through a live stream. This will take place on: Tuesday September 29 2002 from 16:00 – 17.:30 pm.
The Stogo Foundation was founded in May 1984 as an initiative of the staff of the Faculty Geosciences of the Utrecht University, and geographers active in policy making.
The Stogo foundation has always remained autonomous and independent, although the foundation has regularly worked together with the faculty Geosciences. One of its purposes is to help geographers and planners with their first steps on the labor market.
Professor Marc de Smidt
The Stogo foundation offers students in Human Geography & Planning a prize for the best master thesis every year, to stimulate students to publish their master thesis.
The prize is named after Professor Marc de Smidt (1941-1992), one of the founders of the Stogo foundation. Marc de Smidt was linked to the faculty Geosciences at Utrecht University as a professor in economic geography, but his interest and involvement has extended out to many other fields of research. Marc de Smidt was involved in the foundation and the growth of the Stogo Foundation as the president of the foundation.
The Marc de Smidt Thesis Prize is awarded annually to the author of the Utrecht Master's thesis that, "in the opinion of the judges', meets best the criteria decided by the Stogo foundation.
The prize consists of the jury report and an amount of money of € 800,-. The nominees who come in second and third place, will receive a jury report and a money prize as well. The ceremony takes place on the first Monday in September, during the opening of the new academic year.
Next to the jury award, there is also an audience award. Nominees are asked to prepare a pitch which is at most 5 minutes to convince the audience that their thesis is the best one. The nominees are invited to make this pitch as creative as possible!
The master theses are assessed by a jury of Utrecht geographers working in education, business and public authorities. At least one board member of the Stogo foundation and one employee of the faculty Geosciences of Utrecht University will have a seat in the jury.