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Three Former SZTE Students Awarded the Junior Prima Prize

Ten young scientists were awarded the Junior Prima prize, three of whom are former students of the University of Szeged. Two of them currently work at the university as researchers.

The prizes were presented on 24 November 2017 by András Lovász, president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Edit Juhász, Deputy State Secretary for the Ministry of National Development, and Tamás Bernáth, CEO of the Hungarian Developement Bank (MFB).


Orsolya Dömötör (Faculty of Science and Informatics, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry), Tamás Szalai (Faculty of Science and Informatics, Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics), and Zoltán Varga (Faculty of Medicine, former doctoral student of the Institute of Biochemistry, now assistant professor at the University of Semmelweis, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy) were awarded the prize.


The Junior Prima prize was first awarded in 2007. It is given to people under the age of 30 for outstanding achievements in different fields. Science is the only field where the age limit is 33. Notable people of scientific fields, academics, professors and professionals asked by the MFB make suggestions as to who should receive the prize every year. There were 58 candidates this year, ten of whom were chosen for their internationally renowned scientific work and publications. The prize was awarded based on the number of publications, presentations, quotations, and scientific results in their respective field of research.

SZTE Experience

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Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."

93292160_608489396406408_4799535565693255680_oOlney Rodrigues - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira and I am from Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Doctoral School of Education at SZTE. I chose the University of Szeged because it’s one of the best universities in Europe, especially in the field of education. I personally love Szeged because it is safe and I love the architecture, the cultural events, the local Market Mars Tér and so many other beautiful destinations. For my studies I wanted to have an excellent university in a good quality life city and Szeged offers me that. It’s neither too big nor too small, I can ride my bike to go to my classes and practically everything is within a walking distance. I would advise the prospective students to enjoy the city during their stay, the cultural and historical events, know other international students and make a lot of friends, visit other cities in Hungary and make good memories. I am pretty sure that you will be proud of this priceless experience. Before coming to Hungary I worked several years as a teacher. I love the academic environment, the libraries, relationship with students and the feeling to be involved in the acquisition of new knowledge. That is why I plan to be part of a University as a professor as well as to keep researching in different aspects of the process of education. I am so thankful to be here and I believe that the Universe brought me to Szeged because the city and the University are the experience that I need in my life now.

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