Award winners 2008

Several members of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences' staff and students have been awarded grants and prizes to encourage their work, research and study performances.

Marian Hickendorff

Marian Hickendorff, Psychology, was awarded the PhD Award for Best Article of the Institute of Psychology for her article 'Solution strategies and achievement in Dutch written arithmetic: Latent variable modeling of change'.


Laura Wisse

Laura Wisse, Psychology, was awarded the Best MSc Thesis Award of the Institute of Psychology for her thesis about the effects of propranolol on retrieval and reconsolidation of the emotional memory.

Gert-Jan Lelieveld

Gert-Jan Lelieveld, Psychology, was awarded the Best MPhil Thesis Award of the Institute of Psychology for his thesis about the role of emotions in negotiations. More specifically, he studied the effects of the communication of anger versus those of disappointment.


Carolien Rieffe

Carolien Rieffe, Psychology, was awarded the Best Teacher Award of the Institute of Psychology.


Rutger Claassen

Rutger Claassen, Political Science, was awarded the 2008 Dissertation Award of the Netherlands Research School for Practical Philosophy. He won the award for his dissertation "The Market's Place in the Provision of Goods" which he defended in May 2008.


Eveline Crone

Eveline Crone, Psychology, was awarded the Junior Heymans Award of the Dutch Association for Psychologists (NIP). She received the award for her exceptional and promising scientific vision and competence with regard to publishing internationally, receiving (international) grants and subsidies, leading a research group and giving lectures. Moreover, the jury praised her ability to put her research into practice and to cater for a broad public.  


Judi Mesman

Judi Mesman, Education and Child Studies, was awarded the Excellent Lecturer Award of the Institute. She is warmly commended by her students for her enthousiasm, the clarity and structure in her lectures and her interactive teaching methods.


Marieke Beckerman

Marieke Beckerman, Education and Child Studies, was awarded the Emile Thesis Award 2008. She received the award for her thesis 'Doen vaders er toe?' ('Do fathers matter?'), as she used the available research materials in her own way. 


Hugo Knoppert

Hugo Knoppert, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, was awarded the Janneke Fruin Beurs 2008 of the Leiden University Fund: the International Studyfund. He received the award for the passion with which he studied various aspects of the increasing presence of China in Africa, especially in Zambia.


Monique Samuel

Monique Samuel, Political Science, was awarded the El Hizjra Literature Award for her short story 'De laatste slangendans'. El Hizjra organises an annual literary writing contest to encourage people with an Arabic background to write poems and short stories.


Frank Häge and Dimiter Toshkov

Frank Häge and Dimiter Toshkov, Public Administration, were awarded first and second prize in the Europe Competition for junior academics organised by the Montesquieu Institute in The Hague. The prizes were awarded to the best scientific articles written by a junior academic about a subject in the fields of Public Administration, Political Science, Law, History or European Studies. Frank Häge won first prize for his article 'Committee Decision-Making in the Council of the European Union' published in the European Union Politics in 2007. Dimiter Toshkov won second prize for his article 'In Search of the Worlds of Compliance: Culture and Transposition Performance in the EU' published in the Journal of European Public Policy in 2007. 


Matthijs Warrens

Matthijs Warrens, Psychology, was awarded the IOPS (Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics) for his paper entitled 'On Similarity Coefficients for 2 X 2 Tables and Correction for Chance'. This paper studies correction for chance in coefficients that are linear functions of the observed proportion of agreement. The paper unifies and extends various results on correction for chance in the literature. A specific class of coefficients is used to illustrate the results derived in this paper.


Lorenza Colzato

Lorenza Colzato, Psychology, has received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Her research project 'Neuromodulation of Cognition' aims to understand the role of different dopamine receptors types in cognitive control functions in healthy humans.


Belle Derks

Belle Derks, Psychology, has received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Her research project is entitled 'A Neuroscience Approach to Social Identity Threat: The Role of Preconsious Processes in Motivational Withdrawal among Members of Stigmatized Groups'. The research project is innovative in connecting research on preconscious psychological processes to the study of targets of prejudice and stigmatization, and does this by employing neuroscience measures (EEG, ERP) to assess the automatic preconscious processes that underlie the detrimental effects of social identity threat on motivation and performance.


Sophie van Rijn

Sophie van Rijn, Education and Child Studies, has received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Her research project is entitled 'Lost in the social world: disentangling brain systems for social navigation early in development'. This project will assess the degree to which cognitive abilities in the verbal-semantic and visuo-spatial domain can be dissociated in children with Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome and how these cognitive deficits are related to social behavioral impairments. Also, brain imaging will be used to examine brain activation patterns during processing of facial expressions using visuo-spatial strategies contrasted with verbal-semantic strategies.


Serena Does

Serena Does, Psychology, has been awarded a Mozaiek Subsidy by NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). Her project is entitled 'Turning Threat into Challenge: Improving Majority Group Members? Acceptance of Minorities by Focusing on Morality Gains.'.


Naomi Ellemers

Naomi Ellemers, Psychology, was awarded the Kurt Lewin Award of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP) for the enormous impact of her work within the field of social psychology.


Mandy Tröger

Mandy Tröger, Political Science, was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt American History Award of the Theodore Roosevelt Association in New York. She received the award for her thesis Dallas in Oost Duitsland: De invloed van de media en de perceptie van Amerikaans vermaak in de DDR: tussen agitatie en ‘soft power' (Dallas in East Germany: the Influence of the Media and the Perception of Amrican entertainment in the DDR: between agitation and soft power).

Stephan Huijbregts

Stephan Huijbregts, Education and Child Studies, was awarded a grant from the Leiden University Fund (LUF) and the Gratama Foundation for his research into sensitivity to stress and problem behaviour in children who have been exposed to nicotine during gestation. The grant (€ 22.500,-) will be used for lab expenses and the development and expansion of stress paradigms.


René van der Veer

René van der Veer, Education and Child Studies, was award the Departmental Best Publication/Book in the English Language Award 2008 for his book ' Lev Vygotsky'. Van der Veer writes with great erudition about the early publications of Vygotsky that are still rather unknown in Western psychology and shed a new light on contemporary beliefs especially with regard to education.


Anita van der Kooij

Anita van der Kooij, Education and Child Studies, was award the Distinguished Dissertation Award of the Classification Society of North America (CSNA) for her thesis 'Prediction Accuracy and Stability of Regression with Optimal Scaling Transformation' (2007). The central topic of this thesis is the CATREG approach to nonlinear regression. This approach finds optimal quantifications for categorical variables and/or nonlinear transformations for numerical variables in regression analysis.


Marielle Linting

Mariëlle Linting, Education and Child Studies, was awarded the Dissertation Award of the Psychometric Society gewonnen for her thesis 'Nonparametric Inference in Nonlinear Principal Components Analysis: Exploration and Beyond' (2007). By showing relatively simple ways to assess inferential measures in Nonlinear Principle Component Analysis, her thesis aims to a wider use of this method in the psychological and educational context.


Marinus van IJzendoorn

The University of Haifa (Israel) offers Marinus van IJzendoorn, Education and Child Studies, an honorary doctorate for his research into child rearing and child development. This research is not only important because of Van IJzendoorn's ingenuity and thourough methodology, but also because of its historical and social significance.


Christoph Rippe

Christoph Rippe, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, was awarded the Speckmann Award for his master's thesis ' New Light on Old Images: Historical Photographs from the Mariannhill Mission in KwaZulu Natal, Then and Now'.  According to the jury this work is an original study and provides a highly relevant contribution to the academic research on visual anthropology or the ethnography of photography. Identity politics in the region (KwaZulu Natal) are extremely precarious and contested and the author shows that photography production and meaning construction is highly complex. It teaches us to go beyond one-dimensional interpretations and to see what goes behind photography-making and provides also an insight into the process of archival collection and presentation.

Bart Barendregt

Bart Barendregt, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, was awarded the Casimir award for the best teacher in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He is described as an enthousiastic, compassionate, creative and helpfull teacher. Students find him easy to approach and he is actively involved with student society Itiwana. 


Elly van der Gouwe - Dingemanse

Elly van der Gouwe - Dingemanse, who studied Education and Child Studies, was given an honourary mention with the master thesis award for her thesis 'Moeders in twee culturen: Een exploratief onderzoek naar acculturatie, emancipatie en opvoedingsideeën' (Mothers in two cultures: An explorative study into acculturation, emancipation and ideas on raising children). She also received the Emile thesis award 2006-2007 of the Department of Education and Child Studies.


Roelof Smit

Roelof Smit, who studied Political Science, was awarded the master thesis award for his thesis 'A two-level trap. The influence of Belgian Federalism on the decision of the Flemish liberals to maintain the Cordon Sanitaire'. In his thesis he tests the hypothesis that the unique Belgian federalism, and more specifically the pivotal francophone socialist party, forces the moderately rightwing liberal party (VLD) to maintain the 'cordon sanitaire'. Smit wrote an interesting theoretical introduction and demonstrated relevant empirical initiatives to investigate his clearly formulated research problem. 


Anna Zandvliet

Anna Zandvliet was awarded the Administrative and Supportive Staff award (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences), for her ability to coordinate a large diversity of tasks. She was essential in the creation of a liaison between the Department of Psychology and the Hogeschool Leiden's programme of Applied Psychology.


Last Modified: 03-12-2010