Awards & grants

“The winner takes it all!” Not just the members of ABBA, but also many students and graduates at FHWS know it. Ambition and hard work are frequently honoured with an award. We present a select series of prize-winners and their projects to you here. Some of the foundations which support FHWS are also presented. Without these foundations, these prizes would probably not have been achieved.


Eight FHWS Bachelor’s and Master’s Students to Receive an Award

For their outstanding final theses, eight graduates from eight different degree programmes at FHWS have been awarded by the Hans-Wilhelm-Renkhoff foundation and the Society of Sponsors and Friends of FHWS e.V. in an online event. Event speakers were Angelique Renkhoff-Mücke (Chairwoman of the Foundation Council and of the Development Fund), Sebastian Remelé (Mayor of Schweinfurt), Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Jürgen Schneider (former site manager of the ZF Friedrichshafen AG and FHWS alumnus), as well as Professor Dr. Robert Grebner (President of FHWS).

Students who received an award for their bachelor's theses were Cedric Ziegler, Daniela Reyes Ortega, Michelle Fribance, Simon Heilig, and Magdalena Soetebeer, as well as Korbinian Zimmermann, Ines Nickel und Sarah Bernhardt for their Master’s theses.

Read about the topics of the corresponding final theses and additional information in our press release

Collage mit den Portraits der Absolvierenden
© Collage FHWS

FHWS Doctoral Student to Receive Excellent Paper Award

M. Eng. Lisa Roth, a doctoral student at the Institute for Power Engineering and High Voltage Technology (IEHT) has been awarded the Excellent Paper Award. It has been awarded in the background of the 22nd International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering (ISH2021) in Xi’an, China. On the symposium, her contribution “Combined Kerr-Effect and Polarisation Current Measurements in Oil-Pressboard Barrier Systems” was highly appreciated.

The thesis of Lisa Roth is concerned with research on the dielectric properties of insulating arrangements of liquid insulators and solid, insulating barriers based on cellulose, as they are also used in transformers for high-voltage DC transmission. It is realised in cooperation with the Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG (Transformer factory in Nuremberg), which produces power transformers for highest voltage levels, and the Weidmann Electrical Technology AG, producer of cellulose-based insulators for transformers based in Rapperswil, Switzerland.

 © FHWS IEHT /Michael Fell


BDA Award for Architecture Student Moritz Hahn

A smart discussion on the topic of ethics in architecture: For his outstanding performance, FHWS graduate Moritz Hahn was awarded the 2022 Bavarian BDA Award by the Association of German Architects.

The jury unanimously decided for Hahn’s bachelor’s thesis with the title “Ideal: Zur ethischen Kritik der Architektur” (“Ideal: On the Ethical Critique of Architecture”), supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Fischer and Albert Dischinger. According to the jury, the thesis is a smart analysis of a difficult problem. Moritz Hahn’s approach to ethics in architecture is full of curiosity. He asks questions many architects ask themselves during their studies or in their professional lives. For example: “Who bears responsibility for a building?”, “What does sustainable construction mean?”, “Are we allowed to waste material?” (...) The great achievement of this work is the engagement, the creation of an overview and the stimulation of a discussion that – unfortunately – hardly or not at all occurs in education as well as in practice.

The BDA Student Award is among the most prestigious architecture awards in Germany. Please find further information on the website of the BDA Student Award.

 © Moritz Ruben Hahn


DAAD Prize for Intercultural Engagement

Jinan Sakaan, a student from Syria, was awarded a prize for her voluntary activities at FHWS and in Würzburg and the greater Würzburg area. She received the price which is endowed with 1,000 Euro and awarded annually by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Born in 1998 in Aleppo, Syria, Jinan Sakaan and her family fled to Germany in 2015. Since 2019, she has been volunteering as a language and cultural mediator at the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband in Würzburg and surroundings. She is providing help in the form of translation and interpreting services for Arabic and German to facilitate the dialogue between authorities, institutions, and immigrants. Furthermore, during her studies in 2020 and 2021, she worked as an assistant in the Welcome Team for students with a refugee background.

The aim of the DAAD Prize is to give international students at German universities a face and to recognise them. Read further information on the DAAD Prize here.

 © Nataliya Kudelya

Dr. Daniel Wimmer, Head of the FHWS International Office, presents Jinan Sakaan with the DAAD Prize 2021.



FHWS graduate receives Bavarian Culture Prize

FHWS graduate Laura Siehler, who has already won an award, was presented with the Bavarian Culture Prize in the science category for her final thesis by the Bavarian Minister for Art and Science, Bernd Sibler, and by Bayernwerk CEO Dr. Egon Leo Westphal. In her Master's thesis, the graduate of the FHWS Master's programme Brand and Media Management dealt with the topic "Podvertising and consumer behaviour. An empirical structural equation analysis on the influence of the credibility of podcasters" (podvertising refers to advertising in and with podcasts). The results convinced the jury of Bayernwerk and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art. Previously, Laura Siehler had already been awarded the Alfred Gerardi Memorial Prize. Laura Siehler has already been awarded the Alfred Gerardi Memorial Prize.

Read further information in the Bavarian Culture Prize press release.

 © Kulturpreis Bayern


OPUS KLASSIK award for FHWS project "Mozart and AI"

Experiencing Mozart via an augmented reality app - with the project "Mozart and AI" scientists from FHWS and the University of Würzburg participated in the citizens' project "100 for 100" as part of the Mozart Festival Würzburg. The anniversary project of the city of Würzburg received the OPUS KLASSIK award in the category "Audience and Participation Projects". The app was developed at the Competence Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics CAIRO at FHWS under the direction of Prof. Dr. Frank Schleif. The award ceremony took place at a gala event in Berlin and was broadcast on ZDF. OPUS KLASSIK is a German music award that honours personalities and productions of classical music.

Read further information in the OPUS KLASSIK award press release.

 © Dita Vollmond / OPUS KLASSIK


Start-Up Prize for "WeSort.AI"

The Würzburg start-up "WeSort.AI" was honoured with the Würzburg Start-Up Prize, which is awarded annually by Würzburg AG. The master's students and graduates from FHWS, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and Technical University Munich want to start a "Recycling Revolution" with their start-up. At the Founder's Award event, they convinced the jury with their business model and their software development for sorting waste even more cost-effectively, cleanly and with fewer staff. Founded in August 2021, they have access to a prototype hall in Schweinfurt as part of the FHWS EntrepreneurSHIP project with Chancen-Center Maintal.

A total of 14 young companies applied for the "Local Hero" and "Global Hero" prizes, six of them were nominated for the final. The jury as well as the audience gave their clear vote for the "Global Hero", endowed with 3,000 euros, to the seven members of "WeSort.AI".

Read further information in the press release on the Würzburg Start-Up Prize.

 © Screenshot Video, Würzburg AG


FHWS students honoured at Annual Multimedia Award 2022

The Faculty of Visual Design students Jana Braun and Max Seeger received two of the six talent awards of the Annual Multimedia Award 2022. In the categories "Digital Services", Apps, Tools, Voice User Interfaces, etc. Jana Braun convinced with her app "breeth".

Max Seeger won the category "xReality: AR, VR & MR" with "Everything is growing. Everything is math. The world is a formulary."

A total of 269 projects from agencies or companies and 46 projects from students were submitted for the Annual Multimedia Award 2022. 103 projects were awarded for their digital excellence: 18 in gold, 79 in silver and six for students in the special "Digital Talents" award.

More information can be found in the press release release for the Multimedia Award.

 © Max Seeger


Andreas Schütz achieves 2nd place in the BayWISS award

FHWS doctoral student Andreas Schütz achieved the 2nd place in the BayWISS award 2021 for "outstanding or pioneering research achievement in the respective scientific field". The prize was awarded at the annual colloquium of the Bavarian Science Forum at the University of Bayreuth. In his doctoral project at FHWS, Andreas Schütz is working on the "Development of a method for raising employees' awareness to the topic of information security". Prof. Dr. Kristin Weber, director of the FHWS Business Information Systems bachelor's programme, and Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg, are supervising the cooperative doctoral thesis. Prof. Dr. Nicholas Müller, member of the FHWS Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems, professionally supports the doctorate.

It is not the first award for the research group: One month ago, Tobias Fertig, also doctoral student at FHWS, achieved the second place in the pitch competition at the BayWISS cooperation meeting on digitalisation.

Read further information in the BayWISS award press release.

 © BayWiss / Steber


First place in ADC ranking for Faculty of Visual Design

In the creativity ranking of national higher education institutions by the Art Directors Club for Germany (ADC) FHWS shares the first place with the European branch of the Miami Ad School Hamburg. For the ranking, the universities were identified whose students participated most successfully in the creative club's young talent competition over the past three years. After FHWS and Miami Ad School Hamburg with 100 points each, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim came in second with 89 points. The third place was achieved by Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University with 86 points.

For the eighth time in a row, the Art Directors Club for Germany provides a nationwide overview with the Creativity Ranking for higher education institutions on the award-winning work in the ADC Talent Competition - the industry's largest competition for young talent.

Read further information in the ADC press release.

 © FHWS Bolza-Schünemann