Students of the University of Debrecen (DE) achieved excellent results at the competitions of the 36th National Student Circle Conference (OTDK) held April 3-27. Of the 444 submissions 187 were awarded with a prize or a special award.

The young scientists competed for the best places and special awards in 16 sections: Agricultural Science, Political Science and Law, Biology, Physics, Earth Sciences and Mathematics, Military and Police Science, Human Science, Information Science, Chemistry and Chemical Industry, Economics, Technical Science, Art and Art Science, Medicine and Health Science, Pedagogy , Psychology, Andragogy and Library Science, Learning and Teaching Methodology, Knowledge Technology, Social Science, Physical Education and Sports Science.

The students of the University of Debrecen won 6 first, 54 second and 25 third places, and a further 72 papers received special awards, altogether 187 papers earned some kind of recognition.

- All entrants can feel they are winners, regardless of their medal or ranking, since presenting at the OTDK is a success in and of itself and is also an important milestone in the scientific career of young people. And the good results achieved by the students of the University of Debrecen represent important feedback for the institution about the effectiveness of the teaching work carried out here, which is a guarantee for the provision of scientific supply - László Csernoch, UD's vice-chancellor for academic affairs, told

Among UD students most awards were won in the Medical and Health Sciences, Economics and Agricultural Sciences Sections.

- OTDK awardees enjoy a great advantage not only in the admission process of the doctoral program, but also in winning additional applications. They can also apply to the New National Excellence Program with a significant advantage – said Zsolt Varga, head of the Directorate of Science, UD.

A further achievement of the students of the University of Debrecen was that Benedek Máté Benjámin (Chemical and Chemical Engineering Section), Gábor Berecz (Humanities Section) and Lídia Gömöri (Medical and Health Sciences Section) received the Pro Scientia badge after achieving the highest scores in their respective sections.

The young researcher of the Gastroenterology Department of the Faculty of Medicine, Dávid Tornai (Section of Medicine and Health Sciences), received the Tamás Roska award, and, together with two former doctoral students of the Faculty of Economics, Renátó Balogh (Section of Physical Education and Sports Science) and Dóra Gazdag-Kerezsi (Section of Economics), was invited to give a scientific presentation.

Csaba Debreczeni , an 11th-grade student at Fazekas Mihály High School in Debrecen, obtained a gold medal in the Physics, Earth Sciences and Mathematics Section with his research conducted in the student circle of the Faculty of Science and Technology  (supervisors: Sándor Tóth and Zoltán Túri).

The University of Debrecen also participated in this year's conference as a host: the Faculty of Arts was in charge of the organization of the competitions of the Social Sciences Section of OTDK between April 12 and 14, in which over 300 students of 30 institutions in 12 scientific fields presented their research results in 29 sections.

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