Michel Uiterweerd has won the 2016 KNCV Golden Spatula Award for his research project in the Organic Chemistry labs at Wageningen University. Working together with grad student Jorin Hoogenboom, Michiel optimized a synthesis for specifically functionalized sugars, so-called sialic acids. See for full details: http://www.kncv.nl/k/n231/news/view/108609/872/michiel-uiterweerd-wint-gouden-spatel-2015.html
Way to go, Michiel!!
[ORC has proven again to be highly fertile grounds for ambitious HBO thesis students – in 2012 our current grad student Esther Roeven became 2nd in this award, and has since moved on to become a PhD student in our labs!]