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The Dr. Hans Riegel Awards

Are you in this year's Matura class and would like to submit your pre-academic/scientific paper (VWA) to a JKU-supported competition?

Send us your pre-academic/scientific paper for review and evaluation by a faculty member at the JKU and you could win up to € 600!

Together with the Kaiserschild Foundation, the JKU is proud to present the annual Dr. Hans Riegel Awards presented to the three top pre-academic/scientific papers submitted by students in the Matura class at a general secondary school (AHS)  in Upper Austria in the subject areas of mathematics, chemistry (including polymer engineering ), physics, computer sciences, or biology.


To enter the competition, send us your

  • pre-academic/scientific paper 1x hard copy AND 1x digital copy (sent online)
  • together with the information sheet
  • a statement issued by your supervising teacher
  • and the signed terms & conditions information sheet
  • Send online submissions by using the submission button: see the Info Box

Send your paper to us once by regular postal services and once online. Mail your paper using the address in the Info Box. The Info Box also contains the button to submit your paper and the forms online.

Please note that the submission deadline is April 23, 2023!


Download the required forms here:


The Dr. Hans Riegel Awards

Send to:

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Science Park 5
Attn: Bernadette Weinreich
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

Submission Deadline

April 23, 2023

You could win:

  • 1st Place: € 600.00
  • 2nd Place: € 400.00
  • 3rd Place: € 200.00

Awards for the schools of first place winners: The schools of first place winners can also each receive a voucher for a non-cash award worth € 250!

An official awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in the Keplergebäude Building, Lecture Hall 7.

Assessment Criteria and Submission Requirements

  • The selected topics degree of originality, aside from frequently discussed "standard topics"
  • Comprehensive, but also a degree of summarizing coverage of the selected topic
  • The clear use academic/scientific language
  • A clear, factual presentation without emotionizing the reader
  • The use of effective graphical and figurative depictions
  • Correct placing quotations and references
  • Clearly identifiable personal involvement and personal initiative in conducting scientific/academic research, finding sourses, personally conducting field studies or experiments

We accept the following:

  • Pre-scientific/academic paper by students in the 8th class at a general secondary school (AHS) in Upper Austria
  • Only papers written during the current school year in the subject areas of computer sciences, mathematics, chemistry (including polymer engineering), physics, or biology.

Submit the paper as follows:

  • in paper form (once),
  • and 1x online using the submission button in the Info Box (top right),
  • together with the information sheet, the terms & use, and a statement issued by your supervising teacher.

These forms are available above.
You can apply yourself!

Congratulations to our 2021/2022 award winners:



  • 1st Place: Gabriel Pflügl, Bischöflichen Gymnasium Petrinum: "Grundlagen der fraktalen Geometrie anhand ausgewählter Beispiele"
  • 2nd Place: Kevin Untersmeier, Gymnasium Dachsberg: "Graphentheorie: Konzepte und Anwendungen"
  • 3rd Place: Tim Oberdammer, BG/BRG Bad Ischl: "Moderne Verfahren und Anwendungen der Kryptographie"



  • 1st Place: Anja Piecuch, WRG der Franziskanerinnen in Wels: „Wie Erkenntnisse aus der Quantenphysik die Computertechnik revolutionieren“
  • 2nd Place: Jakob Elias Danner, Europagymnasium Auhof: „Aufbau und Funktionsweise von netzgekoppelten Photovoltaikanlagen für private Haushalte”
  • 3rd Place: Jakob Seelmaier, BG/BRG Wels, Brucknerstraße: „Antimikrobielle Eigenschaften von Kupferbeschichtungen und deren Abscheidung und Analyse durch AC Magnetron Sputtern“



  • 1st Place: Julia Buchgeher, RG des Schulvereins Aloisianum: „Wirkung von Antibiotika und ihre Gewinnung aus Pflanzen"
  • 2nd Place: Ines Leeb, BG Linz, Raumsauerstraße: „Die künstliche Photosynthese am Beispiel der Grätzelzelle“
  • 3rd Place: Kristin Bayer, BRG Schloss Wagrain: „Gesundheitsgefährdung durch Wasservögel am Vöcklabrucker Stadtteich - chemische Wasseranalyse“


Informatics/Computer Science

  • 1st Place: Benjamin Müller, BRG Linz, Khevenhüllerstraße: „Deepfakes und ihr Einfluss auf die Filmindustrie“
  • 2nd Place: Timo Prömer, Stiftsgymnasium Schlierbach: „Künstliche Intelligenz und deren Anwendung in Computerspielen“



  • 1st Place: Paul Clodi, LISA International School: „Glucose Excursions After Ingestion of Different Foods and the Effect of Exercise on These Values”
  • 2nd Place: Marie Preysing, BG/BRG Gmunden: „Die antike Heilkunde im Vergleich mit der heutigen Medizin am Beispiel von Kamille und Kümmel“
  • 3rd Place: Lena Maria Stellnberger, BG/BRG Freistadt: „Oxidativer Stress - physiologische Schlüsselfaktoren zur Prävention“
[Translate to Englisch:] Preisträger*innen 2021/22

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