By Freek Schmidt
Three weeks ago our student Juliette Huijgen of the Research master program Visual Arts, Media and Architecture received the StudenTalent prize, awarded by the Faculty of Humanities of the VU. This prize is awarded yearly to a student who is both studious in his/her work at the university and committed to also demonstrate his/her (academic) talent in other activities.
On 27 June Juliette received the prize from the hands of dean Michel ter Hark. The winner was chosen by a jury of professors of the year, from various departments of the Humanities faculty and the studentassessor of the board of the faculty. From the entries three students were nominated: Cas van der Lee (Ba history) and Jana Hopstaken (Ma Philolsophy, Bioethics and Health) were the other nominees.
From the report of the jury: ‘Juliette entered the (pre-)master program of Comparative Arts and Media Studies after she had completed her training in Product Design at the art academy ArtEZ Arnhem, and moved on to the Research MA. Her results as a student are outstanding. Meanwhile, she has also remained active as an artist and designer, focusing on societal topics such as euthanasia. Juliette is very committed to the Humanities as a member of the educational committee (opleidingscommissie) of the masters in Arts & Culture, and as student assistant for the cluster of Arts & Culture. The jury praises Juliette as ‘an academic and versatile talent who is able to bring various parties together’.
We are proud and pleased to have Juliette among us. And we will keep our fingers crossed, as Juliette has also been nominated this week as one of the three candidates for the StudenTalent prize of the Vrije Universiteit, which will be awarded on the occasion of the Opening of the Academic Year on September 4th.