A record number of students entered this year's Dean's Award competition

Photo: Jakub Čermák
Wednesday 8 July 2020, 8:00 – Text: Šárka Chovancová

This year, a record eighty-seven contestants entered the student scientific competition for the Dean's Award, organized by the Faculty of Science. Before the expert jury, students presented their works in mathematics and computer science, chemistry, physics, biology and ecology, earth sciences and didactics of natural sciences, in the bachelor's, master's and doctoral categories. The competition also included a poster section. The overall winner of this year's competition was Anežka Dostálová with a work called ‘Measurement and modification of the spectrum of optical sources using fiber gratings’.

“I absolutely did not expect to become the overall winner. Just the fact that I won in my section surprised me. It is a huge motivation for me in the future. I would like to thank the Dean and the entire Faculty of Science for organizing the competition, and especially my supervisor for his patience, advice and the time he devotes to me,” said Anežka Dostálová.

The graduate of the bachelor's study programme Optics and Optoelectronics focused in her work on the production, optical measurement and applications of diffraction gratings in optical fibers. Fiber gratings are an important element of optical communications and sensors. They are also used in complex experiments of basic research focused on quantum optics. “Anežka Dostálová is a talented and hard-working student. I am glad that she chose our laboratory for her bachelor's thesis and I hope for further cooperation,” said her supervisor Miroslav Ježek.

Student scientific competition The Dean's Award has been in its current form since 2007 and continues the long tradition of the so-called SVOČ, student scientific and professional activities. The aim of the competition is to motivate students to actively participate in science and research and to continue working in the field of research and cognition. The event is open to all students enrolled in bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes at the Faculty of Science.

“The fact that so many students entered the competition is very gratifying. It can be seen that the Faculty of Science has great potential in its students. The level of work was very high and the committees did not have easy decision-making at all,” said Karel Hron, Vice-Dean for External Relations. The names of all overall winners will be engraved on the traveling cups. You can find the results of the competition here.