Master's Award

Recognizing Excellent Early-Career Research

The MCQST Master's Award annually honors two outstanding Master's theses (theory and experiment) from the MCQST community. The prize highlights and recognizes outstanding master research projects, and it aims to encourage awardees to continue pursuing a further career in science.

MCQST considers outstanding theses graded 1.0 that demonstrate original thought, a unique approach to the chosen topic or field of study, significant personal contribution, and creativity. These theses are from students working in research groups associated with MCQST. Only theses submitted between 1 January 23 and 31 December 23 will be considered for the award.

How to Apply?


Send the following documents, in order, as a single PDF document to support[at]mcqst.de:

  • Abstract of Thesis
  • Transcript of Records
  • CV
  • PDF of thesis in a separate file (or link)
  • And a Letter of recommendation by an MCQST PI. The letter should be sent directly to support[at]mcqst.de by the PI supporting the application.

Please note that only applications of outstanding theses (graded 1.0) and accompanied by letters of recommendation from MCQST PIs are taken into consideration.

Application Deadline is 23 February 24.

Questions? Contact support[at]mcqst.de.

Close-up of a researcher looking at a confocal microscope picture of an experiment. © J. Greune / MCQST

The MCQST Master's Award

The MCQST Master's Award includes a prize of €1000.

Awards are announced at the MCQST 2024 conference, which takes place in Sonthofen on May 14th-17th. The winners are invited to present a brief overview of their work to the MCQST community.

Awardees 2022

Thesis supervisor and student standing alongside each other showcasing the holding the award check at the MCQST2023 conference. © C. Hohmann / MCQST

Wun Kwan Yam

"Microwave Quantum Teleportation Over a Thermal Channel"

TUM & WMI

Advisor: Rudolf Gross

Thesis supervisor and student standing alongside each other showcasing the holding the award check at the MCQST2023 conference. © C. Hohmman / MCQST

David Gröters

"Diffraction-limited Imaging and Trapping of Ultracold Ytterbium Atoms in Optical Tweezer Arrays"

LMU München

Advisor: Monika Aidelsburger

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