The NIT (Northern Institute of Technology) Management announced the "Hauke Trinks Award" in recognition of the memory and values of Prof. Hauke Trinks, the founding father of the NIT. With this award, the NIT seeks to draw the attention of students at universities in Northern Germany to the life and work of Prof. Hauke Trinks.

The prize is intended to honor graduates of Bachelor's degree programs at universities and colleges in Northern Germany (Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bremen, Lower Saxony) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) who have achieved outstanding results in their final thesis, have demonstrated a high degree of scientific curiosity, and have pursued original and interdisciplinary approaches to gaining scientific knowledge.

The application deadline for the Hauke Trinks Award is the end of November. We look forward to receiving your  application documents.

For the assessment of the bachelor thesis, we need a statement from the supervising university professor. The  corresponding form can be downloaded here.

NIT Founding Father: Hauke Trinks

Hauke Trinks (1943 - 2016) studied physics at the University of Bonn and later served as president of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) between 1993 and 1998. In 1998 he founded the NIT on the campus of TUHH in close cooperation with the Körber Foundation.

He was a passionate sailor with a marked affinity for adventure. Thus, after his tenure as university president, he combined his love for basic research with spending the winter in the ice at Spitzbergen. Although he lived on the island of Utsira in Norway, he continued to remain in close contact with his German homeland.

Hauke Trinks died at the age of 73 on Spitsbergen in Norway.

Application for the Hauke Trinks Award 2023

The Hauke Trinks Award is aimed at students from universities and colleges in Northern Germany (Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bremen, Lower Saxony) who have submitted their bachelor thesis in a STEM degree program between October 1, 2022 and June 15, 2023.

Prize money

First place € 2,500
Second place € 1,000
Third place € 500

All applications have to be submitted by June 15, 2023.


For the third time, the NIT has presented the "Hauke Trinks Award". First place goes to Theo Rieken, who is currently studying the master's program in Technology Management at the NIT in combination with an M.Sc. in Mechatronics at the TUHH. Second place goes to former HAW students Moritz Sundermann and Jan Teichert-Kluge.

For his thesis on "Computational Modeling and Numerical Simulation of the Urinary Bladder-Brain Axis," Theo Rieken was awarded first prize, which includes prize money of 1,000 euros. The NIT student, who previously studied mechatronics at HAW, convinced the selection committee with the high relevance and interdisciplinarity of the topic: "His scientific commitment and his courage to try out new things clearly set him apart from the other applicants," said Wolfgang Höll from the selection committee.

We extend our warmest congratulations to the three winners, Theo Rieken, Moritz Sundermann and Jan Teichert-Kluge, and wish them every success in their future scientific and professional careers.

Winners of the Hauke Trinks Award 2019

Joyful recipients of the esteemed Haule Trinks Prize

In 2019 the NIT (Northern Institute of Technology) Management has declared the winner of the Hauke Trinks Award for the second time. The winners of this prestigious award were announced at the annual NIT summer barbecue.

The coveted first place went to Marius Block, a student at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), for his bachelor thesis on the classification and presentation of lipid structures. Second place went to Marcel Otte, and third place to Kristina Wolff, both of whom also studied at the HAW.

Congratulations to all winners, and thank you all for your interesting applications. 

Winners of the Hauke Trinks Award 2018

In 2018 the NIT awarded the Hauke Trinks Award for the first time. We were overwhelmed by the great submissions we received from the students and graduates of various Hamburg universities. In numerous videos and presentations these students presented their innovative scientific work. 

The three submissions that impressed us the most were awarded the Hauke Trinks Award at the NIT Graduation in autumn 2018. Francesca Meyer (m., TUHH) received the first prize, while places 2 and 3 went to Lisa Christin Watter (r.,TUHH) and Niels Röschmann (l., University of Applied Sciences). We congratulate the winners once again and thank all senders for the great videos. 

Joyful recipients of the esteemed Haule Trinks Prize



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