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 2020 is August 31st. We are looking forward to all applications.

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 2020

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, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

Prize money

First place € 1,000
Second place € 600
Third place € 400

All applications have to be submitted by August 31, 2020.

How to apply?

Students submit the following documents by email to wolfgang.hoell@bitte nicht bespammennithh.de with the subject "Hauke Trinks Award" by August 31, 2020:

  • Application form completed by the student
  • Exposé of the work (maximum 1 DIN A4 page)
  • A 90-second maximum video, which concisely illustrates the objective, results and innovative character of the work.
  • Evaluation form completed by the supervising university teacher (this can also be sent directly to the NIT by the university teacher)

For the transmission of the video file we recommend to use the upload service of the TUHH, Dropbox or wetransfer.

Winners of the Hauke Trinks Award 2019

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. 



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