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The CMS Young Researcher Prize is intended to recognize outstanding achievements of the young members of CMS. The Prize is awarded annually to at least three young members of CMS who have made a most significant and sustained contribution in CMS over many years in any area (hardware, software, technical, analysis). The prize includes a cash sum of CHF 2500 and a medal for each recipient. The recipients normally have less than eight years of experience after gaining their Ph.D. in physics or 10 years of work experience for other areas. You can also find information about the Young Scientists Committee here.

Name Nomination
Mingshui Chen "For his sustained and critical contributions to the installation and commissioning of the CSC muon system, the discovery of the Higgs boson in its ZZ (*) channel and the measurement of its properties via the combination of all pertaining results."
Cristina Fernandez Bedoya "For her sustained and critical contributions to the design and commissioning of Muon DT electronics chain, and leading the operation of the DT muon system as well as of the CMS Muon system."
Sudarshan Paramesvaran "For his sustained and critical contributions to the commissioning and running of the Level-1 calorimeter trigger and in the coordination of the running and data-taking of the CMS experiment."
Mikko Voutilainen "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development and deployment of jet energy corrections critical for physics results from channels using jets."
Pedro Vieira De Castro Ferreira Da Silva "For his sustained and critical contributions to the physics of the Higgs boson and the top quark and the simulations for the development of the endcap high granularity calorimeter for the HL-LHC Upgrade."
YOUNG RESEARCHER'S MEDALS AND PRIZES 2017

From left to right: Guido Tonelli, Tejinder Virdee, Sudarshan Paramesvaran, Mingshui Chen, Mikko Voutilainen, Cristina Fernandez Bedoya, Joe Incandela and Joel Butler. Missing from the photo: Pedro Vieira De Castro Ferreira Da Silva. Michel Della Negra could not be present at CERN. More photos can be found here

Name Nomination
No Prize given for 2016
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Joshua Bendavid "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development of photon and electron energy reconstruction, the discovery of the Higgs boson via its two-photon decay mode, and the Tier-0 operation at LHC startup."
Silvia Goy Lopez "For her sustained and critical contributions to the definition of the menu for High Level Trigger at LHC startup, the trigger and online support of the barrel Drift Tubes system, and her key contributions to the CMS Run."
Giovanni Petrucciani "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development of software for the Physics Analysis Toolkit, the optimisation of tracking, the discovery of the Higgs boson in its ZZ(*) channel and the measurement of its properties via the combination of all pertaining results"
Andrew Rose "For his sustained and critical contributions to the Global Calorimeter Trigger, to the development of the Time Multiplexed Trigger for Run 2, the innovative implementation of new physics algorithms in highly constrained firmware and the role in the design and implementation of the MP7 processor board."

YOUNG RESEARCHER'S MEDALS AND PRIZES 2015

From left to right: Tiziano Camporesi, Tejinder Virdee, Joshua Bendavid, Giovanni Petrucciani, Silvia Goy Lopez, Andrew Rose, Guido Tonelli and Joe Incandela. Michel Della Negra could not be present at CERN. More photos can be found here

Name Nomination
Kostas Kousouris "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development of jet energy calibration, tests of QCD and searches for new physics using jets."
Andrea Rizzi "For his sustained and critical contributions to the silicon microstrip tracker, its exploitation through the development of software for track reconstruction and secondary vertex tagging, and the search for long-lived exotic particles."
Markus Stoye "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development of the software for the alignment of the Tracker, to the measurement of the polarization of W bosons at high pT, and to the search for supersymmetry in all–hadronic and single lepton channels."
Jean-Roch Vlimant "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development of software for the calorimeter and tracking triggers at HLT; data quality monitoring, detector simulation and reconstruction software."

YOUNG RESEARCHER'S MEDALS AND PRIZES 2014

From left to right: Tejinder Virdee, Andrea Rizzi, Guido Tonelli, Kostas Kousouris, Markus Stoye, Jen-Roch Vlimant and Tiziano Camporesi. Michel Della Negra and Joe Incandela could not be present at CERN. More photos can be found here

Name Nomination
Colin Bernet "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development of particle-flow based global event description and its use in CMS physics analyses, and to the search for the Higgs boson in its decay to tau leptons."
Andre David "For his sustained and critical contributions to the preparation and commissioning of the electromagnetic calorimeter, to the search for the Higgs boson in its decay to photons, and to the combination of results from its various decay modes."
Oliver Gutsche "For his sustained and critical contributions to the development, deployment and operation of the world-wide distributed Computing system of CMS."
Dymtro Kovalskyi "For muon reconstruction, of a new "lightweight" event display for CMS, of lepton triggers, and to the search for the Higgs boson in its decay to W bosons."
Andrea Petrucci "For his sustained and critical contributions to the design and implementation of many components of the Data Acquisition system of CMS and to its operation."
YOUNG RESEARCHER'S MEDALS AND PRIZES 2013

From left to right: From left to right: Guido Tonelli, Colin Bernet, Andre David, Oliver Gutsche, Dima Kovalskyi, Andrea Petrucci, Joe Incandela, Tejinder Virdee. Michel Della Negra could not be present at CERN. More photos can be found here