Amir Mohammad receives DAAD-prize for international students

Amir Mohammad recieves the DAAD-Prize 2020. Picture: TU Bergakademie Freiberg
The M.Sc.-graduate of Applied Natural Sciences and current doctoral student receives the award for his social commitment and outstanding academic achievements.

"Ever since my undergraduate studies in Syria, I have been striving for a doctorate. Refugees who are willing to learn the German language and earn a degree are offered good conditions. Of course, perseverance, a constant willingness to learn and a certain ambitions are also required to successfully complete a degree. That's why I am very happy to receive the DAAD award. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years," says Amir Mohammad. "Thanks to the prize money I was able to purchase a car so that I can visit scientific conferences or cooperation partners more easily in the future," the awardee adds.

In 2015, Amir Mohammad had fled to Germany from northern Syria already having a bachelor's degree in physics. In 2017, he began a master’s program at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and successfully completed his studies in 2020. "The thesis provided the first evidence of field-induced piezoelectricity in special oxide crystals. For this purpose, Amir Mohammad used an optical measuring apparatus that he had previously built and optimized himself. Showing a lot of initiative, Amir has made a well-founded contribution to this current research topic in a relatively short time. He has since been able to publish the results as his first relevant scientific paper in a well-known physics journal," Dr. Claudia Funke and Dr. Hartmut Stöcker compliment. They are managing director and research associate at the Institute of Experimental Physics at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and supervised Amir Mohammads master's thesis and nominated the current doctoral student for the DAAD award.

Manuela Junghans of the International Office adds: "Moreover, Amir Mohammad has been a volunteer interpreter for fellow Kurdish- and Arabic-speaking people, has discussed the topic of displacement with pupils at Freiberg high schools, and is an active member of the international running group "Mitlaufgelegenheit Freiberg". The awardee is an excellent example of how the local community can benefit from the commitment of international students and doctoral candidates," she illustrates.

Background: DAAD Prize for international students

The DAAD Prize is awarded once a year by the DAAD at German universities and is endowed with 1,000 euros. The director of the International Office, Ingrid Lange, handed over the prize to Amir Mohammad in November 2020.

Manuela Junghans,