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Hybrid Award Ceremony: The School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim Honors Outstanding Academic Achievements

The traditional graduation ceremony of the class of 2019/2020 had to be canceled due to the current coronavirus pandemic

The graduation ceremony of the 2019/2020 graduating class of the School of Social Sciences had to be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead, on October 9, 2020, the School of Social Sciences organized a small-scale award ceremony to honor the impressive research work of early-stage researchers and their outstanding academic achievements. The ceremony took place at the Schloss Mannheim as a face-to-face event and was also broadcast via the video platform Zoom. A total of 18 distinctions were awarded: In addition to two doctoral students, 16 students received research and exams prizes for their outstanding academic achievements.

Research awards: Triple distinction for Dr. Katrin Paula
Dr. Katrin Paula received three awards at once. She was awarded the Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of Social Sciences completed at the University of Mannheim in 2019. In addition, Dr. Paula received the prize of the Stiftung Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaften for outstanding final theses as well as the Prof. Dr. Anna and Prof. Dr. Jörg Jiri Bojanovsky Prize that was awarded to her and Dr. Christian Gläßel. The prize is designed to promote early-stage researchers in the field of empirical research of social, inter-individual or cultural processes.

Exams prizes for graduates of the class of 2020
In keeping with tradition, the Rationale Altruisten Mannheim e.V. this year again awarded prizes for the best master’s and bachelor’s theses. The association promotes and supports early stage researchers at the School of Social Sciences. Furthermore, they offer a platform to establish and maintain contacts with other students and graduates.

The alumni network ABSOLVENTUM MANNHEIM e.V. honored the best graduates of the class of 2020 in the bachelor's programs in Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.