CIC Young Scientist Award

CIC Advancement Young Scientist Award for Computational Chemistry

The "CIC Promotional Prize for Computational Chemistry" is awarded for excellent master's or diploma theses and dissertations that touch on the scientific areas represented in the Division of Computers in Chemistry and represent a special achievement for the further development of the CIC specialist area. The nominees should have completed their work at a university in the German-speaking area. Evaluation criteria include the thematic relevance as well as the scientific quality and presentation.

The prizes are usually awarded annually and come with prize money of EUR 350 (master’s/diploma thesis) or EUR 750 (doctoral thesis), free one-year GDCh and CIC membership upon request, and a certificate from which the merits of the awardee .

call for proposals 2024

The GDCh Division “computers in chemistry” (CIC) is announcing the “CIC Young Scientist Award for Computational Chemistry” for the award in 2024. It is awarded for outstanding master's theses, diploma theses and dissertations that touch on the scientific areas represented in the Division and represent a special achievement for the further development of the CIC field. Those nominated should have completed their work at a university in German-speaking countries. Evaluation criteria include thematic relevance as well as scientific quality and presentation. The work must have been completed after January 1, 2022. Repeat submissions are excluded.

The jury consists of the members of the board of directors and the associated board members. After reading the jury's report, the Board decides on the award of the prize with an absolute majority of all current board members. Supervisors of the proposed work are excluded from the evaluation and decision-making process.

The prizes are endowed with prize money of 350 euros in the master category and 750 euros in the dissertation category. In addition, the awardee receive a certificate highlighting their achievements and, if desired, a free, one-year GDCh and CIC membership. The prizes will be presented as part of the 18th GCC 2024, which will take place from November 3rd. until 06.11. takes place in Bad Soden.

Suggestions can be submitted by the graduates’ supervisors. The master’s/diploma thesis or dissertation should be rated at least “very good”. The work, if necessary additionally in the form of publications of the CIC-relevant results, as well as a CV with details of the final grades of all study sections including, if applicable, the doctorate, must be submitted in electronic form with a brief explanation by March 30, 2024 to the Board of the Division , n



Anne Germann, University of Düsseldorf, for her master's thesis "Computational investigation of the mechanochemistry of 2-ladderene derivatives"

Dr. Janosch Menke, University of Münster, for his dissertation "Improving Ligand-based Virtual Screening by Utilizing Neural Networks to Generate Domain-specific Molecular Representations"


dr Marwin Segler, University of Münster, for his dissertation "Computational Hypothesis Generation for Synthesis Planning, Molecular Design and Reaction Discovery"

Janine Isabel Hellmers, University of Kiel, for her master's thesis "Fragmentation methods for electronic interaction energies"

Sophia MN Hönig, University of Hamburg, for her master thesis "Convex Optimization of Matched Molecular Series Networks and its Application to Machine Learning"


Due to the pandemic, there was no award ceremony in 2021.


Jan Blasius, University of Bonn, for his master's thesis "Theoretical Modeling of Chiral Systems"


Dr. Christoph Bannwarth, Stanford University, for his dissertation "Development and Application of Efficient Methods for the Computation of Electronic Spectra of Large Systems"


Dr. Jan Meisner, Stuttgart, for his dissertation "Theoretical Investigations of Atom Tunneling in the Interstellar Medium"

Jochen Sieg, Hamburg, for his master's thesis "Evaluation of Benchmark Datasets for Virtual Screening with Machine Learning"

Lisa Warczinski, Bochum, for her master's thesis "Heuristic estimation of the dynamic correlation energy: Research for the validation of a novel approach"


Stephanie Maria Linker, Woellstadt, for her master's thesis "Predicting Drug-Fragment Binding Sites with Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Markov State Models" Christina Nutschel, Düsseldorf, for her master's thesis "Large scale analysis of protein thermostability: Bacillus subtilis Lipase A as a test case"


Dr. Stefan Bietz, Hamburg, for his dissertation "Methods for computer-aided generation and processing of structural ensembles for protein binding pockets" Julia Jasper, Dortmund, for her master's thesis "Application of protein-ligand interaction fingerprints for the analysis and evaluation of docking results"


Dr. Markus Zimmermann, Tübingen, for his dissertation / research telegram "ChemPL PXB: Implementation of QM-based terms for the recognition of halogen bonding in drug design" Patrick Jascha Kibie s, Dortmund, for his master's thesis "Efficient integral equation-based conformational analysis in solution" Manuel Ruff, Kirchheim unter Teck, for his master's thesis "Using Support Vector Regression to Develop a Quantum Chemical-based Scoring Function for the Recognition of Halogen Bonds Targeting Methionine"


Achim Sandmann, Erlangen, for his master's thesis "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of p53 core domain"


Dr. Anne Mai Wassermann, Boston / USA, for her dissertation "Computational Analysis of Structure-Activity Relationships - From Prediction to Visualization Methods"


Dr. Anselm CH Hor n, Erlangen, for his dissertation "Development of computer-chemical simulation methods and application to the amyloid-? peptide of Alzheimer's disease" Florian Pfeiffer, Stuttgart, for his dissertation "Acceleration of self-consistent multi-configuration methods for calculating molecular vibration states by introducing polynomials"


Daniel Moser, Frankfurt, for his dissertation "Automatic extraction of 3-D pharmacophores"


Dr. Simone Fulle, Düsseldorf, for her dissertation "Constraint counting on RNA and ribosomal structures: Linking flexibility and function"
Karen Schomburg, Hamburg, for her master's thesis "Visualization of molecular subgraph patterns using the example of SMARTS expressions"


Dr. José Batista, Bonn, for his dissertation "Analysis of Random Fragment Profiles for the Detection of Structure-Activity Relationships" Frank Tristram, Karlsruhe, for his diploma thesis "Modeling the main chain mobility of proteins in computer-aided drug development"


Dr. Oliver Korb, Konstanz, for his dissertation "Efficient Ant Colony Optimization Algorithms for Structure- and Ligand-Based Drug Design" Andreas Jahn, Tübingen, for his diploma thesis "Incorporating Molecular Flexibility into three-dimensional Structural Kernels"


Dr. Ole Kayser, Hamburg, for his diploma thesis "Efficient Methods for the Generation of Bioactive Conformers of Small Molecules" Dr. Lars Schäfer, Göttingen, for his dissertation "Photoactivated Processes in Condensed Phase studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulations"


Dr. Alexander Schug, San Diego / USA, for his dissertation "Free-Energy Simulations using Stochastic Optimization Methods for Protein Structure Prediction" Birte Seebeck, Hamburg, for her diploma thesis "Modeling metal interaction geometries for the protein-ligand docking problem"


Dr. Andreas Fuchs, Kiel, for his dissertation "Design and synthesis of ligands for the lectin FimH" Michael Meissner, Frankfurt am Main, for his diploma thesis "A meta-optimizing particle swarm algorithm for training artificial neural networks"


Dr. Edgar Luttmann, Paderborn, for his dissertation "Molecular-Modeling Investigations on the Way to Understanding Alzheimer's Disease"


Dr. Frank Oellien, Schwabenheim, for his dissertation "Algorithms and applications for interactive visualization and analysis of chemistry-specific data sets" Gabriele Vierhuff, Bremen, for her diploma thesis "Conception and design of a system for the application of structure-activity relationships to the risk analysis of environmental chemicals"


Dr.-Ing. Matthias Keil, Darmstadt, for his dissertation "Modeling and Prediction of Structures of Biomolecular Associations on the Basis of Statistical Database Analysis" Frauke Meyer, Heidelberg, for her thesis "Calculation of Binding Free Energies including Protein Flexibility"


Dr. Andreas Bohne-Lang, Heidelberg, for his dissertation "A knowledge-based system for the rapid generation of 3D structures of relevant N-glycans and their mimicking glycoclusters"

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