With the Dr. Hans Riegel Awards, we recognize particularly outstanding pre-scientific papers submitted by students in upper secondary education. The prizes are awarded in cooperation with 15 German universities. Depending on the university, the students can submit papers in the natural sciences, computer sciences, and mathematics. We honor around 180 excellent achievements each year.
The competition for the Awards is a link between the schools and universities in the individual regions: The winners receive feedback from the universities' lecturers about their science paper, thus establishing first contacts with the university. They feel appreciated because of their independent research work. For this reason, the competition includes the possibility of submitting papers without the involvement of the school.
The professors in the fields of the natural sciences, computer sciences, and mathematics in turn get an overview of the students' level of knowledge and can promote their fields. The highlight is always the award ceremony at the individual universities, where foundation and university representatives hand over the prizes.