Award winners 2014

Several members of the Faculty's staff and students have been awarded grants, prizes, fellowships etc. to encourage their work, research and study performances.



Lenneke Alink

Prof. Lenneke Alink (Education and Child Studies) received the Casimir Prijs, the Leiden University Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences prize for teaching excellence. The jury praised the clarity and structure of her enthusiastic and in-depth lectures.

Els van Steeg-Blom

Els van Steeg-Blom, FSW service desk coordinator, has been awarded the OBP-Prijs 2014 - the prize for supportive staff of the faculty to give recognition to their work. Els was praised by the jury for her long and distinguished service to the University. Under her professional, creative and enthusiastic leadership the service desk succeeded in adapting to the ever changing needs.

Elise Swart

Elise Swart MSc (Education and Child Studies) received the NVO Thesisprijs, the Emile Scriptieprijs, and the prize for best master's thesis 2014 of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences for her MA thesis 'Technology-enhanced stories as word learning support for children at risk: A meta-analysis'.

Jiska Peper

Dr. Jiska Peper received the Leiden Psychology Blog Award 2014 for her blog 'Is it right for lefties to be left out?'.

Bruno Bocanegra

Dr. Bruno Bocanegra (Psychology) received the 2014 Teaching Award of the Institute of Psychology.

Rudy van den Brink

PhD candidate Rudy van den Brink (Psychology) received the prize for best publication 2014 from the Institute of Psychology.

Mara van der Meulen

Psychology student Mara van der Meulen received the prize for best reseach master's thesis 2014 from the Institute of Psychology.

Manon Schutter

Psychology student Manon Schutter received the prize for best master's thesis 2014 from the Institute of Psychology.

Linda van Leijenhorst

Dr. Linda van Leijenhorst (Education and Child Studies) was awarded the 'Excellente Docent Pedagogische Wetenschappen 2014', the prize for excellent teaching in Education and Child Studies. She received the award for the continuous high appreciation she receives from student evaluations and her great effort in the improvement of education at the institute.

Paul van den Broek

Prof. Paul van den Broek (Education and Child Studies) was elected together with Prof. Adriaan van der Weel (Centre for the Arts in Society) to take place as Dutch delegates in the EU COST action. This four year project offers representatives of European countries a platform to discuss integrative models of reading on paper and screens.

Lenneke Alink

Prof. Lenneke Alink (Education and Child Studies) was chosen as new member of De Jonge Akademie (The Young Academy), a dynamic and innovative group of top young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and scholarship and the related policy. She was installed as a new member on 26 March, 2015.

Judi Mesman and Shelley van der Veek

Prof. Judi Mesman and Dr. Shelley van der Veek (Education and Child Studies) received a €700.000 grant from the NWO programme Food, Cognition, and Behaviour for their research on the interventions to promote the vegetable consumption of babies examined during the transition to solid foods.

Oliver Hecquer

Oliver Hecquer, MSc (Political Science) received the Master Thesis Prize 2014 for his MA thesis 'The Calculus of Ethnicity'.

Marian Verhallen

This year’s Honours Academy Star went to Marian Verhallen, the coordinator of the FSW Honours College. Each year the star is presented to a student or lecturer who has made an outstanding contribution to honours teaching.

Partricia Spyer

Prof. Patricia Spyer (Anthropology) received a Humanities Research Fellowship of the Australian National University for her research project ‘Orphaned Landscapes: Violence, Visuality, and the Work of Appearances in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia.’ As a Humanities Research Centre fellow she spent two months at the ANU this past summer and will return there in November 2014 for the conference ‘Visual Cultures of Place-making in a Precarious Age.’

Annemarie Samuels

Dr. Annemarie Samuels (Anthropology) was awarded the J.C. Ruigrok Prize 2014 by the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities) for her dissertation 'After the tsunami: the remaking of everyday life in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.'

Marieke Jepma

Dr. Marieke Jepma (Psychology) was granted an NWO Veni funding. She received the grant for outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to realise her cognitive psychology project ‘Neural mechanisms of pain avoidance and learning in healthy and chronic-pain populations’.

Bart Verkuil

Dr. Bart Verkuijl (Psychology) was granted an NWO Veni funding. He received the grant for outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to realise his clinical psychology project in which he aims to examine whether worrying too much will decrease if the vagal nerve (which causes relaxation) is stimulated.

Naomi Ellemers

Prof. Naomi Ellemers (Psychology) was chosen corresponding fellow of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, because of her eminence in research and publications and their high international standing. 

Keegan Knittle

Dr. Keegan Knittle (Psychology) was awarded a NWO Rubicon grant for his research on factors and techniques that result in greater motivation for behavioural change. The grant will provide for two years of research at the Department of Social Research of the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Paul van den Broek en Linda van Leijenhorst

Prof. Paul van den Broek and Dr. Linda van Leijenhorst (Education and Child Studies) received the NWO grant for Research Talent for the project ‘The role of social cognition in the development of reading comprehension abilities: Evidence from behavioral, eye tracking, and neuro imaging methods’. This  grant will provide Marcella Pavias with a three year PhD research on reading comprehension in childhood and adolescence.  

Madelon Hendricx-Riem

Dr. Madelon Hendricx-Riem (Education and Child Studies) has received the award for Best English Book/Article 2014. The Institute of Education and Child Studies awarded her with the prize for her article 'Oxytocin modulates amygdala, insula and inferior frontal gyrus responses to infant crying: A randomized control trial', which appeared in Biological Psychiatry in 2011.

Ton van Raan

Professor of Quantitative Studies of Science, Ton van Raan, appeared on the Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list of Thomson Reuters. By this the founder and until 2010 Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) was awarded as one of world's influential minds in social sciences. The listings of Highly Cited Researchers feature authors whose published work in their specialty areas has consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility.

Wouter Veenendaal

Dr. Wouter Veenendaal (Political Science) has won the 2014 Political Science Thesis Prize for his PhD dissertation 'Politics and Democracy in Microstates. A Comparative Analysis of the Effects of Size on Contestation and Inclusiveness'.

Lenneke Alink

Prof. Lenneke Alink (Education and Child Studies) was awarded an NWO Vidi grant for her research project "Changing chaos: the causal role of household chaos in child maltreatment". The grant will give her five years to research the question whether chaotic circumstances can cause child maltreatment.

Marianne Maeckelbergh

Dr. Marianne Maeckelbergh (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) received the Marie Curie grant for her research on citizenship, democracy and digital technology. The European research grant provides researchers with the opportunity to gain experience abroad. It is a grant for three years and she will be spending two years at the University of California in Berkeley, United States.

Renske Huffmeijer

Dr. Renske Huffmeijer (Education and Child Studies) received a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship grant for the research project 'Frontal asymmetry as an endophenotypic marker for differential susceptibility to parenting in infancy: a functional NIRS study'. For this project, Renske will spend a year at Paris Descartes University (France) collaborating with Judit Gervain.

Sheryl Lynn Baas

Sheryl Lynn Baas, student of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, is granted the ECHO award 2014. The ECHO Foundation rewards students with a migrant background who distinguish themselves by excessive academic performance and social involvement. Sheryl Lynn, half Filipino and former Miss Holland, received national publicity through her foundation to aid the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan.

Lenneke Alink and Femmie Juffer

Prof. Lenneke Alink and Prof. Femmie Juffer (Education and Child Studies) have been awarded a research grant of €150.000 by Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland. This grant will support the research project Positief Ouderschap bij Pleegzorg (Positive Parenting in Foster Care).

Christine Espin

Prof. Christine Espin (Education and Child Studies) is granted the Fleischner Career Leadership Award 2014 for her leadership and professionalism in the area of learning disabilities. The award is a plaque and grant of 500 dollar delivered by the ‘Division of Learning Disabilities’ of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest organization in the United States for the education of individuals with disabilities.

Joop van Holsteyn

Prof. Joop van Holsteyn was chosen to become a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities). This is an honorable acknowledgment of his scientific work and effort to make research in Political Science publicly accessible. The KHMW is the oldest society for the sciences in the country and membership is by invitation only. 

Lotte van Dillen

Dr. Lotte van Dillen (Psychology) received the 2013 Teaching Award of the Institute of Psychology.

Félice van Nunspeet

PhD candidate Félice van Nunspeet (Psychology) received the prize for best publication 2013.

Diana Coppens

Psychology student Diana Coppens received the prize for best reseach master's thesis 2013.

Wendy de Leng

Psychology student Wendy de Leng received the prize for best master's thesis 2013.

Hans de Frankrijker

Hans de Frankrijker, management director of the Institute of Child and Family Studies, has been awarded the OBP-Prijs 2013 - the prize for supportive staff of the faculty to give recognition to their work. Hans’ long and distinguished service to the University, his personal style of working and ability to find constructive solutions were praised by the committee. 

Cynthia van Vonno

Cynthia van Vonno, MPhil, (Political Science) received the Casimirprijs, the Leiden University Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences prize for teaching excellence.  

Madeleine Hosli

Prof. Dr. Madeleine Hosli (Political Science) has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam for her research project Explaining and Understanding Processes of European Integration (EUPEI). The winning project is part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Program.

Nora Dörrenbächer

Nora Dörrenbächer (Political Science alumna) has won the third prize in the 'Leidse Universitaire Scriptieprijs' competition with her master’s thesis 'Legislative Transposition of EU Migration Directives: A Matter of Coalition Conflict?'. Her main conclusion is that national parliaments make insufficient use of the possibility to exert a considerable influence on the final versions of EU directives.

Judi Mesman

Judi Mesman (Education and Child Studies) has been awarded a research grant of € 250,000 by Open Research Area Plus, for the Dutch part of a three-year international study into early stress and quality of parenting as predictors of executive functioning of children in the first years of life.

Willem Heiser

On 31 January 2014 Professor Willem Heiser (Psychology, Statistics and Data Theory) was awarded the distinction of Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. After his farewell lecture he received the royal honour for his exceptional academic, social and administrative achievements

Last Modified: 26-03-2015