The Finnish Physical Society (FPS) Master Thesis Prize 2023 is awarded to Otto Veltheim from the University of Helsinki. The award will be given to Otto in the opening ceremony of Physics Days 2023 on 29th March 2023. The prize is given annually for an excellent Master thesis in the field of physical sciences. The purpose of this prize is to support early-career researchers and acknowledge them for their exceptional work. The prize is 1000 EUR and one year of free membership of the Finnish Physical Society.
The competition was high with many excellent thesis, but Otto’s thesis clearly stood out from the other finalists. The thesis was very well organised and clearly written. Through the methodology selected for the analysis, Otto demonstrated a good understanding of the state-of-the-art in the field and independence of scientific thinking. Otto also showed that mathematical competence enhanced by good science communication skills, which are often found in researcher in training at later career stages. You can read the blogpost about Otto theses on “Quantum State Tomography with Observable Commutation Graphs“.
The FPS MSc Thesis Prize competition was a two-step process and two thesis were selected for the second assessment stage. The evaluation committee, which consisted of the FPS Board members, gives special honorary mention to two finalists:
1. Joni Eronen, (University of Oulu) with thesis title ” Hyperpolarization of 3-fluoropyridine via Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange”. You can read a blogpost on Joni’s thesis here!
2. Elvis Pillinen, (University of Eastern Finland) with thesis title “Spectral polarization modulation of partially coherent pulses”. You can read a blogpost on Elvis’s thesis here!