Walter Ikegami AnderssonDr. Walter Ikegami Andersson (Photo: WIA/private) has received the Panda PhD Prize 2020 for his doctoral thesis "Exploring the Merits and Challenges of Hyperon Physics with PANDA at FAIR" at GSI, FAIR, and the Uppsala University. His doctoral advisor was Prof. Dr. Karin Schönning from the Uppsala University. The award was announced by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI, at the most recent Online Panda Collaboration meeting. 

The Panda Collaboration has awarded the PhD Prize once per year since 2013 in order to honor the best dissertation written in connection with the Panda Experiment. In his dissertation, Physicist Walter Ikegami Andersson studied hyperon production and reactions within the Panda detector, which is being built at the FAIR accelerator facility.

The Panda Collaboration awards the PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the Panda project. Candidates for the PhD Prize are nominated by their doctoral advisors. In addition to being directly related to the Panda Experiment, the nominees’ doctoral degrees must have received a rating of “very good” or better. Up to three candidates are shortlisted for the award and can present their dissertations at the Panda Collaboration meeting. The winner is chosen by a committee that is appointed for this task by the Panda Collaboration.