The CHIPP Prize is to reward annually the best PhD student in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics. In the evaluation, emphasis will be given to the quality of PhD scientific work and to its relevance within the student's research group, as well as to novel ideas brought up by the candidate.

The applications are evaluated and assessed by the Selection Committee, at present composed of Gino Isidori (UZH, Chair), Aurelio Bay (EPFL), Alain Blondel (UniGE) and Ralph Eichler (ETHZ).

The announcement is sent to all CHIPP Members and follows the revised procedures as decided on 26 February 2016 by the CHIPP Board

The CHIPP Prize jury honours the scientist for her outstanding contribution in the development of new analysis strategies in the search for physics beyond the Standard Model at the LHC experiments, and for having conceived an conducted an innovative study about the radiation damage of the ATALS detector in view of the high-luminosity phase of the LHC.

Michał Rawlik, scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) is awarded the CHIPP Prize 2019. The 29-year-old researcher receives the award for his doctoral thesis on the electric dipole moment of the neutron. The experiment he co-developed could one day help answer the question of why there is much more matter in the universe than antimatter

Rawlik was awarded the prize "for his outstanding contribution to the improvement of experimental techniques aimed at detecting the Electric Dipole Moment of the neutron, and exploiting the consequences of such measurements in setting bounds on possible Axion fields," writes the CHIPP Prize jury.

The presentation of his work will be published on Thursday 29/08 on the SPS/OPG Indico webpage, his talk can be found here.

The full article of Benedikt Vogel will be published the 28/08 at 11:00 after the Award Cermony at the SPS.

**Claudia Tambasco honoured with CHIPP Prize 2018**

PhD thesis on the stability of the LHC proton beam awared

In order for physicists at CERN to carry out their experiments for the understanding of matter, the large particle accelerator LHC must be operated with the utmost precision. Ensuring this precision both now and in the future was the overriding goal of a doctoral thesis that Claudia Tambasco recently completed at the EPFL in Lausanne. For this work, the young researcher was today (28.08.2018) awarded the prize of the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) at a ceremony in Lausanne.

The presentation of her work is here and here

The full article of Benedikt Vogel: link

Announcement: The call will be sent out mid February (by email to all members of CHIPP)

**Deadline for applications**: Fri 13 April 2018

(CV, Report, List of Publ, 2 or 3 Letters, by email to adrian.signer@psi.ch)

Encourage your current or former PhD students to apply

(if they have passed their final PhD thesis defence after 13 April 2017)

** Prize ceremony**: SPS/CHIPP annual meeting 29-31 August

*Presentation at the CHIPP Board meeting of 18 Feb 2018*

Johanna Gramling (Uni. Geneva)

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the 10th time. This year, the CHIPP Selection Committee decided to award the prize to Johanna Gramling from the University of Geneva for her dissertation on dark matter searches with the ATLAS detector in CERN. The laudatio says: "For her work on dark matter searches with the ATLAS detector and her role in establishing the use of simplified models for their theoretical interpretation.". The presentation of her work is accessible here.

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the 9th time. This year, the CHIPP Selection Committee decided to award the prize to Mohamed Rameez from the University of Geneva for his dissertation on dark matter searches with the IceCube neutrino detector in Antarctica. The laudatio says: "For his leadership in the searches for dark matter annihilation in the sun with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and his contribution to their theoretical interpretation.". The presentation of his work is accessible here.

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the 8th time. This year, the CHIPP Selection Committee decided to award the prize to Lilian Witthauer from the University of Basel for her dissertation (in prep.) on the η-photoproduction off quasi-free nucleons. The laudatio says: "For her comprehensive study of photoproduction of η-mesons on nucleons bound in deuterium and 3He with polarized beams and targets, which covered all aspects from data-taking with two different experimental set-ups at two medium energy electron accelerators to detector calibration and a challenging analysis". The presentation of her work is accessible here.

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the seventh time. This year, the CHIPP Selection Committee decided to award the prize to Marco Peruzzi from ETH Zürich for his dissertation (in prep.) on the measurement of the diphoton differential cross sections with the CMS detector at the LHC. The laudatio says: "For his original contribution to the development of novel topological algorithms to identify single photons in the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment at the LHC and discriminate them agains abundant background from neutral pions". The presentation of his work is accessible here.

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the sixth time. This year, the CHIPP Selection Committee decided to award the prize to Martin Fertl from PSI for his dissertation (in prep.) on the Hg co-magnetometer in the nEDM experiment at PSI. The laudatio says: "For his original contributions to the design and contribution of a new experiment planning to measure the electric dipole moment of the neutron at PSI". The presentation of his work is accessible here.

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the fifth time. Out of eight candidates and following the new procedure published on the CHIPP website, the CHIPP Selection Committee decided to award the prize to Franz Herzog from ETHZ for his dissertation (in prep.) on QCD corrections and non-linear mappings. The laudatio says: "For his contributions in developing a new method for NNLO perturbative calculations and its application to the phenomenology of the Higgs boson". His talk can be found here.

Lesya SHCHUTSKA (EPF Lausanne)

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded for the fourth time. Following the procedure published on the CHIPP website, the CHIPP Board selected Lesya Shchutska from EPFL for her dissertation (in preparation) on measurement of the cosmic-ray positron fraction with PEBS. The laudation says: "For her broad contribution to optimise the design of a balloon borne cosmic ray detector". Her presentation can be found here.

Alexander KISH (University of Zurich)

The CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics was awarded for the third time. Out of three candidates and following the normal procedure, the CHIPP Board selected Alexander Kish from University of Zurich. The laudation says:" For his excellent experimental work and original contributions in the field of direct dark matter detection". His presentation can be found here.

Pedro SCHWALLER (University of Zurich)

"For his deep understanding of quantum field theory and his important and original contributions to theoretical particle physics".

Presentation at the CHIPP plenary (25 August 2009)

Michael RISSI (ETH Zurich)

"For his excellent experimental work and original contributions in the field of gamma-ray astrophysics".

Presentation at the CHIPP plenary (8 September 2008)