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Dr. Mustafa Schmidt receives PhD Award of the PANDA Collaboration


For his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen Dr. Mustafa Schmidt has received the Panda PhD Prize 2018. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI.

Physicist Mustafa Schmidt, 33 worked also for a couple of years in industry before his PhD.  The prize of €200 and a certificate was awarded to him for his dissertation titled Particle Identification with the Endcap Disc DIRC for PANDA. His doctoral advisor was Professor Dr. Michael Düren from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen.

The Panda Collaboration has awarded the PhD Prize once per year since 2013 in order to honor the best dissertation written in connection with the Panda Experiment. Panda will be one of the key experiments of the future accelerator center FAIR. The experiment focuses on antimatter research as well as on various topics related to the weak and the strong force, exotic states of matter, and the structure of hadrons. More than 500 scientists from 20 countries currently work in the Panda Collaboration. In his dissertation, Dr. Schmidt studied the Endcap Disc DIRC, a Cherenkov detector that forms one of the main components of the charged particle identification of the Panda detector, which is being built at the FAIR accelerator facility.

Candidates for the PhD Prize are nominated by their doctoral advisors. In addition to being directly related to the Panda Experiment, the nominees’ doctoral degrees must have received a rating of “very good” or better. Up to three candidates are shortlisted for the award and can present their dissertations at the Panda Collaboration meeting. The winner is chosen by a committee that is appointed for this task by the Panda Collaboration. The Panda Collaboration awards the PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the Panda project. (BP)

Laureate of the PANDA PhD Prize
Dr. Mustafa Schmidt (left) received the award at the latest collaboration meeting from Klaus Peters, spokesman for the PANDA collaboration.
Dr. Mustafa Schmidt received the PANDA PhD Prize 2018.
Photo: Udo Kurilla, GSI
Photo: Mustafa Schmidt