MSc Award

2019 Best MSc Thesis

The Swiss Geological Society offers an award for the best MSc thesis in Earth Sciences completed at a Swiss academic institution. The award consists of a cash prize of CHF 3000

Applications for the best 2019 MSc thesis, completed between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019, should be submitted electronically to Prof. Jörg Hermann, president of the Swiss Geological Society: joerg.hermann@geo.unibe.ch.

The application should include a copy of the MSc thesis (pdf < 10 MByte) and a recommendation letter from the main advisor and should be submitted before 1 October 2019.

2018 Best MSc thesis

In 2018 the MSc award was given to two young scientists, Luca Paolillo from the Département des sciences de la Terre, Université de Genève, and Timothy Schmid from the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich. The award ceremony took place on November 30th during the SGM2018 meeting in Bern.

Luca Paolilla - MSc thesis: Petrochronology of zircons from magmatic rocks of the Kisladag Au(-Mo) porphyry deposit (western Anatolia, Turkey). Supervisor Dr. Massimo Chiaradia

Timothy Schmid - MSc thesis: 3D geometric and numerical modelling of folding in the Taznakht Area, Morocco. Supervisors Prof. Neil Mancktelow and Prof. Stefan Schmalholz

No Best MSc thesis award was given in 2017

The 2016 Best MSc thesis award went to Jacqueline Huber of the Department of Geography at the Univeristy of Zürich. The thesis was entitled "The Glacier Inventory of the Antarctic Peninsula - A Reassessment of Existing Datasets" and was supervised by Michael Zemp and Frank Paul.

Jacqueline received the award at the Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Geneva on Friday, November 18, 2016

The Swiss Geological Society Award for the best MSc thesis 2015 was presented to Anna Rauch on November 20th, 2015 at the Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Basel, for her thesis: "Structural and stratigraphic relationships between ophiolite and sedimentary cover at Piz Mundin, Lower Engadine Window, Graubünden, Switzerland". The thesis was supervised by Dr. Mario Sartori.

Anna Rauch receives the Swiss Geological Society Award 2015 for best MSc thesis
Anna Rauch receives the Swiss Geological Society Award 2015 for best MSc thesis
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Anna Rauch receives the Swiss Geological Society Award 2015 for best MSc thesis
Anna Rauch receives the Swiss Geological Society Award 2015 for best MSc thesis

In 2014 Xin Zhong of the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich, received the best MSc award for his thesis: Physical properties of amphibole and phlogopite-bearing peridotites from Finero, Ivrea Zone (Italy): An experimental and numerical investigation. The thesis was supervised by Dr. Alba Zappone, Dr. Marcel Frehner, Dr. Erik Saenger, Dr. Karsten Kunze and Prof. Peter Ulmer.

In 2013, the best MSc award went to Nicolas buchs of the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Université de Lausanne for his thesis: Géochimie, métamorphisme et structures dans la Zone de Zermatt-Saas Fee du Pfulwe au Strahlhorn, Zermatt. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Lukas Baumgartner

Max Peters of the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern received the best MSc award in 2012 for his thesis: Spatial distribution of quartz recrystallization microstructures in the Aar massif (Swiss Central Alps). The thesis was supervised by Prof. Marco Herwegh and Prof. Adrian Pfiffner

In 2011 the award went to Luca Malatesta of the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich, for his thesis: Landscape evolution and lateral growth of the southwest Tian Shan, Uzbekistan: Catchments development in central Asia at historical and geological timescales. Supervisors of the thesis. Prof. Sébastien Castelltort, Prof. Vincenzo Picotti and Dr. Susan Ivy-Ochs.

The 2010 Best MSc thesis award went to Frederico A. Galster of the Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie de l'Université de Lausanne for his thesis: Stratigraphie des zones du Piz Terri - Lunschania et de Soja, Alpes centrales (Suisse). The thesis was supervised by Dr. Jean-Luc Epard.

In 2009 the Best MSc thesis award was given to Battista Matasci of the Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie de l'Université de Lausanne for his thesis: la Zone du Teggiolo: stratigraphie et tectonique dans le Val Bavona et le Val di peccia (Pennique inférieur, Ticino). Dr. Jean-Luc Epard supervised the thesis.

The first Best MSc thesis award in 2008 went to Reto de Paoli and Laurent thun, both of the Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie de l'Université de Lausanne for their thesis: Implications géodynamiques de l'étude pétrographique des flyschs du Crétacé supérieur du Piolit, du Pelat et de Baiardo (Alpes occidentales). Prof. Gérard Stampfli supervised the thesis