SHS Prize

The SHS program ends with the first Master year. Master students complete then an individual or group project, which carries 6 coefficients, thus representing 10% of the yearly workload. Those projects’ diversity shows what curiosity and interest future engineers and researchers have by encountering human and social sciences.

Every Master course teacher can, at the end of the school year, put forward one of the students’ Master project for its quality, originality or audacity. The SHS Prize is then assigned to one or several of the suggested projects, and is awarded the day before the Master Graduation Day.

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Information about the SHS Prize

Past years’ awards:

2016-2017 (awarded in 2018)

“Les enjeux de la machine pensante : Frankenstein et Ex machina” by Luca Lavalle, Malik Ben Nour and Slobodan Krstić. Course: “Hommes/Machines” (Dominique Kunz Westerhoff).

2015-2016 (awarded in 2017)

“Mémoire médiatique et mémoire individuelle” by Valentin Bandelier, Benjamin Favre and Loïc Gebhard. Course: “La recherche dans tous ses états” (Delphine Preissmann).

2014-2015 (awarded in 2016)

“Les licences Creative Commons: une alternative à la protection des oeuvres ?” by Alexandre Sikiaridis. Course: “Droit et Technique” (Anne Juliette Bonzon, Maximilien Stauber).

“Women in Swiss Corporate Boards: on the Way to Empowerment” by Sivia Cordero-Morales, Laureline Hentgen and Bonifacio Goncalo Cardoso Rodrigues. Course: “Understanding Modern Switzerland” (Stéphanie Ginalski).

2013-2014 (awarded in 2015)

“Créativité et imitation dans la Chine contemporaine” by Laura Piccinini and Alicia Gayout. Course: “Chine: la renaissance d’une grande puissance” (Antoine Kernen, Antoine Guex).

2012-2013 (awarded in 2014)

“Nietzsche, a digital biography” by Orlin Topalov and Vojtech Vit. Course: “Digital Humanities” (Frederic Kaplan).

“Les motivations sous-jacentes aux buts de performance comme prédicteurs des comportements sociaux” by Kevin Fahrni, Martin Jobin, David Nguyen, Ha-Phong Nguyen and Hamza Sehaqui. Course: “Psychologie sociale” (Nicolas Sommet, Fabrizio Butera).

2011-2012 (awarded in 2013)

“Study of Facebook impact on EPFL master students’ social integration and campus integration” by Stefan Apostol, Radu-Cristian Ionescu, Cristian Talau and Martin Vogel. Course: “Emotions, self and social cognition” (Christine Mohr, Yann Schrag).

“Space-Time Substantialism and the Hole Argument” by Clément Alexandre Bonnerot and Fabrizio Rompineve Sorbello. Course: “Philosophical perspectives on the exact sciences and their history” (Michael Esfeld, Matthias Egg).

2010-2011 (awarded in 2012)

“Responsabilité de l’Etat et de l’ingénieur en cas de dangers naturels” by Silvia Oppliger, Michaël Rusconi and Christine Wiedmann. Course: “Droit et technique” (Fabia Jungo).

“« Le Cycle des Robots » d’Isaac Asimov, Tomes 1 et 2. Analyse Textuelle et discussion de sources documentaires” by Thierry Favre, Monica Perrenoud and Dimitri Zaganidis. Course: “Hommes-Machines” (Dominique Kunz Westerhoff).