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Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize 2016 edition


Our Graduate program is also the home of  The Giulio Rampa Thesis  Prize For Outstanding Research in Mathematical or Numerical General Relativity. This international  prize is sponsored by the University of Pavia to honor the memory of the young physicist  Giulio Rampa who, in his short life, had a profound impact on his fellow students and the faculty of the Department of Physics of the University of Pavia.  The GRT prize  carries a certificate and a net check for € 2,000. It is given, every two years, to a graduate student for outstanding research in mathematical or numerical general relativity.

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2016 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for oustanding research in Mathematical or Numerical General Relativity

A Cerificate and  net monetary prize of 2,000 € will be awarded to a graduate student for outstanding research in mathematical or numerical general relativity. The prize has been established in 2011, and is endowed under the terms of a bequest from Nadia and Giorgio Rampa.

Any student who graduated in a university or research centre worldwide is eligible to be considered for this prize. European citizenship is NOT required. The prize recipient’s Ph.D. Thesis  must be submitted for consideration by a nominator, preferably via e-mail, to:

Secretariat of The Rampa Prize Committee,

c/o  Department of Physics,

Via Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy

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Self nominations will not be considered. It is the nominator's responsibility to ensure that his/her candidate submits the required documentation. In particular, all nominated applicants must submit, preferably by e-mail, the application form, a copy of the thesis, a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor, one or more letters of endorsement substantiating the candidate contributions, thesis reader comments, a one-page abstract of the thesis, and a C.V. to the above address.

The following criteria are reviewed when selecting the Giulio Rampa prize recipient: (i) Originality of Contribution, (ii) Breadth of Work, (iii) Publications, (iv) Quality of Nomination, (v) Quality of Endorsement.

The recipients of the prize are to be selected by an international standing joint committee. The decisions of the Committee are final and will be communicated by June the 30th, 2016. The 2016 prize will be awarded to a Ph. D. Thesis submitted for consideration no later than March 31, 2016, on behalf of  students who  graduated between January 2014-December 2015.

The prize will be presented at the annual Honors Ceremony during the Inauguration of the Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, on December 2016.

Former Recipients of the Giulio Rampa Prize:

Recipent of the 2014 Prize:


Dr. David Radice

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Presented at the Inauguration Ceremony  of the 2014-15 Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, on 28th  November 2014.The committee consisting of Profs. Gerhard Huisken (Chair), Lars Andersson, and Mauro Carfora, prepared the following citation:

“Dr. Radice’s Thesis on “Advanced Numerical Approaches in the Dynamics of Relativistic Flows” discusses a number of novel numerical approaches dedicated to the solution of the hydrodynamic equations in relativistic regimes. The research initiated by Dr. Radice in so many different areas has enormously pushed forward the state-of-the-art in that field, providing new insight and resolving long-standing questions. Dr. Radice’s work has not been restricted to the construction of new and advanced numerical codes; rather, his work has been all about making use of these sophisticated tools to advance gravitational physics, probing with more precision and fewer resources new physical scenarios. The large impact that the work of Dr. Radice has already can only continue to grow in the future.”

Recipent of the 2012 Prize:


Dr. Thomas-Paul Hack

Institute for Theoretical Physics- Desy, Hamburg, Germany

Presented at the Inauguration Ceremony  of the 2012-13 Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, on 7th  December 2012. The Committee consisting of Profs. Gerhard Huisken Director of the Division of Geometric Analysis and Gravitation of The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) (Chair), Lars Andersson (MPI), Luciano Rezzolla (MPI), and Mauro Carfora prepared the following citation:

“Dr. Hack’s  thesis On the Backreaction of Scalar and Spinor Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetimes marks a breakthrough for a thorough evaluation of quantum effects of matter for cosmology. It provides a relevant contribution to the field and will constitute an extremely valuable reference in the area of quantum fields in curved spacetimes and its cosmological applications.

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