Leonard Sosnowski Prize

Professor Leonard Sosnowski was the founder of semiconductor physics at the University of Warsaw, and generally in Poland. About 20 years ago the group of his former students working mainly in USA founded the association "Polish physicists abroad". This group has established the Leonard Sosnowski Prize. The award, by the decision of its founders, was addressed to the students of the 1-st year of MSc studies at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, who specialize in solid state physics, either experimental or theoretical. The aim of the prize was to support the winner, also financially, during her/his last year of MSc studies, which is a year of preparation of the MSc thesis, so she/he would have a more comfortable time preparing the thesis. For several years the main founder of the prize was Prof. Jacek Łagowski from USA (for long time affiliated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), former student of Prof. Leonard Sosnowski. Since 2010 the prize is co-founded by professors from the semiconductor physics community in Warsaw, as well as those solid state physicists from other physics centers in Poland or from abroad who either have been educated at the University of Warsaw or feel scientifically and emotionally related with the University.

Starting from 2021 the Leonard Sosnowski Prize will be granted in two categories:

  • for the best student (following the tradition, students of the 1-st year of MSc studies at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, who specialize in solid state physics, either experimental or theoretical, and submitted an abstract for the "Jaszowiec" taking place in the year of granting the Prize), and
  • for the best PhD student. The award in the latter category refers to PhD students of the third year of PhD studies or older, from Polish universities and scientific institutes, who submitted an abstract for the "Jaszowiec" taking place in the year of granting the Prize. This award will be granted by a committee composed of the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw and members representing all the institutions being organizers of "Jaszowiec".

Applications in 2022

Leonard Sosnowski Prize
Best student category

the application has to be send until April 25 by an e-mail to olga.babicka@fuw.edu.pl and contain:

  • table of grades for courses for the period of first-cycle studies,
  • table of grades for the current course of second-cycle studies,
  • Bachelor thesis,
  • evaluation of the bachelor's thesis and its reviews
  • information on other previous achievements related to the course of studies and research work: prizes and scholarships, scientific publications, participation in research projects, participation in conferences (including information about the nature of the presentation - paper, poster), internships and others, 
  • additionaly opinion of a researcher, provided directly by him until April 25 to olga.babicka@fuw.edu.pl

Best PhD student category

the application has to be send until April 25 by an e-mail to golnik@fuw.edu.pl and contain:

  • the master thesis ant its evaluation by supervisor and referee
  • the copy of papers co-authored by the Candidate with the specification of contributions of each author (provided by Candidate)
  • copy of the abstract submitted to "Jaszowiec"
  • Description of the scientific achievements to date
  • The promoter's opinion (should be sent directly from his e-mail address)
  • Opinions of other researchers can also be attached (they should be sent directly from their e-mail addresses).