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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

Please 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.

The current submission deadline is April 25, 2022, and we look forward to receiving your submission!


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 25, 2022

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 will take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, starting at 5:00 PM in the JKU Ceremony Room.

Assessment Criteria and Submission Requirements

Assessment Criteria
  • 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
Submission Requirements

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 2020/2021 award winners:



  • 1st Place: Stefanie Haimböck, BG/BRG Enns, with his paper titled „Schachmathematik - Logische Problemstellungen und deren Lösungsmethoden
  • 2nd Place: Michael Hollnbuchner, BRG Linz, Fadingerstraße, with his paper titled „Mathematische Beschreibung starrer Graphen und Analyse ihrer Eigenschaften
  • 3rd Place: Magdalena Wögerbauer, BRG Rohrbach, with her paper titled „(Un)bewusste Fehler im Umgang mit Statistik



  • 1st Place: Moritz Mayr, Bischöflichen Gymnasium Petrinum Linz, with his paper titled „Entfernungsmessung im Weltraum mit der Cepheiden-Methode“
  • 2nd Place: Simon Gruber, Europagymnasium Baumgartenberg, with his paper titled „Leben, Wirken und Vermächtnis Albert Einsteins”
  • 3rd Place: Felix Nerger, BRG Linz, Hamerlingstraße, with his paper titled „Industrielle Computertomographie zur Porenanalyse von kohlenstoff-verstärkten Materialproben“



  • 1st Place: Melina Wiesinger, BG/BRG Enns, with her paper titled „Daktyloskopie und Blutspurenanalyse in der Kriminaltechnik“
  • 2nd Place: Ada Stockhamer, BG/BRG Gmunden, with her paper titled „Polymerchemie - Eigenschaften und Synthese von Polymerisaten“


Informatics/Computer Science

  • 1st Place: Moritz Grammer, BG/BRG Linz, Ramsauerstraße, with his paper titled „Vergleich von Machine Learning - Algorithmen zur Anwendung in autonomen Fahrzeugen“



  • 1st Place: Anja Schwab, BG/BRG Freistadt, with her paper titled „Memory Masters: Committed to Memory - Scientific Evidence for the Efficacy of Mnemonic Techniques“
  • 2nd Place: Rhea Mayr-Geister, BRG Schloss Wagrain, with her paper titled „Forensische Datierung des Todeszeitpunktes anhand necrophager Insekten“
  • 3rd Place: Antonia Engleder, BORG Bad Leonfelden, with her paper titled „Ganzheitliche Pflege und Betreuung von Frühgeburten“

Photos from the awards ceremony for the 2020/2021 Matura class at the JKU on June 29, 2021

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