2021. June 15., Tuesday


Katalin Karikó Donated Personal Items to her Former Alma Mater, the University of Szeged

Katalin Karikó, alumna of the University of Szeged, donated her precious belongings related to her years in Szeged and to the university to the Klebelsberg Library of the University of Szeged (SZTE). Her Girl Scout whistle, her university degree and grade book, her biology notebooks and diplomas were among the wide range of relics that she gave to her alma mater's library. SZTE is honouring the world-famous researcher with a virtual exhibition.

The librarians welcomed the world-famous researcher, who donated her personal belongings to the university during her visit to Szeged, with a standing ovation. Colleagues of the Klebelsberg Library of the University of Szeged and the University Archives honoured the world-famous achievements in scientific research of her former student Katalin Karikó with a virtual exhibition.


"We have created an ever-expanding collection with the extensive cooperation of numerous members of the library and the archives," said Katalin Keveházi, Director-General of the Klebelsbelsberg Library of the University of Szeged, introducing the virtual exhibition to Katalin Karikó. The aim of the collection is to present the now world-famous scientist in a dignified and authentic way.

The virtual exhibition is divided into 11 thematic units, and it is available at the Klebelsberg Library's Gallery and Media Library’s page at this link.

The first five thematic units present the beginning of Katalin Karikó's career, her years at her alma mater in Szeged, the first period of her years of scientific research and also her previous research in the USA that led her to achieve success in the fight against COVID-19.

The following six chapters include video clips of interviews and discussions with Katalin Karikó, Hungarian and international press releases and the bibliography of her work.


The exhibition organizers highlighted the leading role of the University of Szeged and the Biological Research Centre of Szeged in microbiological and genetic research in the 1970s and 1980s. SZTE is proud to remember Katalin Karikó and her former professors. Katalin Karikó's mRNA-related research was triggered by a combination of all these, which brought her to the centre of scientific life during the pandemic. Thanks to Katalin Karikó’s decades of mRNA research and patents the world was finally able to get the first clinically licensed vaccine against COVID-19.


The special feature of this virtual exhibition is that Katalin Karikó's personal and academic documents can be seen by the general public.

SZTE Experience

95930002_620793281842686_908476219798847488_oDianne - Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am a PhD student and a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder from the Philippines. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science and I happen to be in my 3rd year of studies. I chose University of Szeged because its one of the top ranked research university in Hungary known for its good reputation in the fields of health and natural sciences. Coming from the Philippines with a warm climate, I had huge preference of Szeged for my studies, the city having the most rays of sunshine and considered to be the warmest place in Hungary. I would advise all the prospective students to join University of Szeged’s diverse and vibrant community! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone, try to find and establish your niche in a new place like what I did. I didn’t regret coming to Szeged as it continuously provides me an enabling learning environment for various reasons, has affordable cost of living, very safe and calm university town, organized transport system, beautiful and clean surroundings with the very sightly Tisza River which adds to its appeal, and also holds many festivals throughout the year. After graduation, I am planning to go back to my home institution and continue my teaching duties at the University of the Philippines Los Baños


Nikki - Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Studies

My name is Nikki and I am from Iran. Currently I am a second year student studying Physiotherapy at the University of Szeged. I really like the Environment of Szeged as it is a true University City where you can meet people from around the world. I consider Szeged as my second home since I have established my own path here and I have a lot of friends who make me feel home. The reason why I came to Szeged is because I was informed by one of my friends about the fact that the University degrees are EU accredited and will help me to reach my goals and open doors for future job opportunities. Once I have obtained my degree, I would like to stay in Hungary and pursue a post graduate program. Later on I will seize the opportunity to gain some job experience in my field here in Hungary before I hold my ground in Europe.