Best Thesis in Applied Math Award

Best Thesis in Applied Math Award, Call for Submission 2022

Graduates in applied mathematics and their supervisors are invited to submit high quality theses on any topic in applied mathematics.

This year, there is a separate competition for BSc-graduates from universities of applied science, next to the original competition for MSc-graduates.

Does your thesis comply to all the below?

  1. The thesis was written as part of a master program at a Dutch university (WO) or a bachelor program at a university of applied sciences (HBO).
  2. The thesis has been written in close cooperation with an external party, like a company, a government institute, or a hospital.
  3. The thesis has a clear applied mathematical focus and must contain original theoretical and/or empirical work.
  4. The thesis was finalised (submitted and graded) in the period between April 30, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

In that case your thesis is eligible for submission for the 2022 Applied Math Award of the Innovation Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics

The deadline for submission is June 15th, 2022. Candidates should submit their thesis by emailing a PDF version of the thesis to the Dutch Platform for Mathematics (, together with the names of the external party and university involved and the name of the supervisor on behalf of the university.

The jury, consisting of members of the Innovation Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics, will assess the theses and select three finalists for the MSc-prize and three finalists for the BSc-prize. The three finalists in each category will have to pitch their thesis during the Math Community Event in September or early October. During this event, the winner will be chosen by a jury of three top level mathematical professionals.

The author of the winning thesis in each of the two categories will receive an award and €350. The runners-up in each category will both receive €200. Expenses for the Math Community Event will be reimbursed for all three candidates.

Additional information on the process can be provided by the chairman of the Innovation Committee Mark Roest (

Best Thesis in Applied Math Award 2021 for Daniel Gomon

2 september 2021

At the first Dutch Mathematics Community Event the Best Thesis in Applied Math Award 2021 was awarded to Daniel Gomon for his thesis “Continuous time control charts: generalizations and an application to the Dutch Arthroplasty Register (LROI)”. Daniels research was aimed at early identification of quality problems in transplantation surgery for the LROI (Landelijke Registratie Orthopedische Implantaten). According to the jury his presentation was clear, also for (relative) layman. The jury especially liked how Daniel showed the pros and cons for each of the methods he had analysed. The Dutch Arthroplasty Register will implement the result of Daniels work, faster detection of problems in the health care around hip prostheses, as soon as possible in order to improve the quality of care.

Maaike Vollebergh and Irene Kuin, the other finalists, also received praise from the jury for their work and presentation. The research of Irene took place in the challenging environment of the judiciary, where mathematics is not commonly used and data availability is limited. She did however develop a method within an Approximate Dynamic Programming framework for the optimal scheduling of law cases. The success of this work is clear as the judiciary is going to fund two PhD-students for follow-up.

Maaike Vollebergh showed with a simple pictogram why the current planning model of the Netherlands Railways doesn’t work optimally. She introduced a new methodology which she tested on the rail network of Noord Holland. The results are promising and the Netherlands Railways already had another master student performing follow-up research.

We congratulate all three finalists for their excellent work and presentation.



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