JKU Researcher Presented with the Zonta Award

Viola Bauernfeind was presented with the ZONTA Award in recognition of her commitment to science/academia and to social issues.

Viola Bauernfeind
Viola Bauernfeind

The 7th annual ZONTA Award was presented to JKU STEM student Viola Bauernfeind in recognition of her outstanding social commitment and academic work.

Award: ZONTA Award

Endowed with € 2,500 in prize money, the Zonta Award provides financial support for students active in engineering and natural sciences.

Content: Viola Bauernfeind is not only an outstanding scholar, she is also actively involved in outreach activities and social affairs outside of her mandatory academic program. Viola is a graduate student in the Technical Physics program at the JKU, specializing in electron microscopy at the Christian Doppler Laboratory (Dr. DI Heiko Groiß, Center for Surface and Nanoanalytics) and mainly involved in application-oriented base-knowledge research in materials sciences.

About Viola Bauernfeind

Age 24, from Mauthausen

Research: Self-assembly of biological materials and their optical properties

Hobbies: Viola enjoys the outdoors, running, winter sports, and travelling.

CV: Viola Bauernfeind studied technical physics at JKU between 2014 and 2017. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Biophysics at the JKU. In addition to stays abroad at Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) and Yale University (USA), in 2019 she was invited to the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. She is also an ambassador in the JKU’s "Women in Engineering" program.