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Awarded scholarships by the Foundation for the Lugano faculties and prizes by institutions in the region to the best new USI graduates

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The award ceremony for the best first-year Master's students and the awarding of prizes to the best Bachelor's and Master's graduates from USI was held on Monday, 4 December in the Aula magna of Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.

The awards ceremony was attended by USI Rector Luisa Lambertini, President of the USI Council Monica Duca Widmer, President of the Foundation for the Lugano Faculties Henry Peter, Pro-Rector for Education and Students' Experience Lorenzo Cantoni and Secretary of the Foundation for the Lugano Faculties Albino Zgraggen.

The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of Università della Svizzera italiana awarded CHF 4,000 scholarships to the best students enrolled in the second year of each Master's programme based on their results at the end of their first year of study.

The Foundation awarded 24 prize scholarships with a total value of CHF 88,000. In cases where there were two ex aequo within a Master's programme, each received half the amount.

 

Below are the names of the students who received the award, broken down by course of study:

  • Master in Architecture
    Laura Volumnia Gorni (average: 9.54)
    Valeria Russo (average: 9.54)
     
  • Master in Finance
    Gian Marco Oddo (average: 9.48)
     
  • Master in Management
    Lisa Schümann (average: 9.52)
     
  • Master in Public Management
    Aurora Fortunato (average: 9.02)
     
  • Master in Economics
    Annalisa Bissoli (average: 9.80)
     
  • Master in International Tourism
    Giada Mazzi (average: 9.05)
     
  • Master in Media Management
    Matteo Tonelli (average: 9.48)
     
  • Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy
    Timo Luca Zollino (average: 9.82)
     
  • Master in Communication, Management and Health
    Julia Stiz (average: 9.43)
     
  • Master in Digital Fashion Communication       
    Francesca Manna (average: 9.39)
     
  • Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication
    Fiona Fraholli (average: 9.59)
     
  • Master in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana
    Nathalie Molino (average: 9.83)
     
  • Master in Philosophy
    Andrea Salvador (average: 9.52)
    Luca Gasparinetti (average: 9.50)
     
  • Master in Artificial Intelligence
    Michele Cattaneo (average: 9.75)
     
  • Master in Computational Science
    Luca Pernigo (average: 9.43)
     
  • Master in Financial Technology and Computing
    Andrea Pozzoli (average: 9.18)
     
  • Master in Informatics
    Ian Abuaf Pelo (average: 9.68)
     
  • Master in Management and Informatics
    Nicole De Monti (average: 9.50)
     
  • Master in Software and Data Engineering
    Claudio Maggioni (average: 9.89)
     
  • Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication
    Chiara Gerbail (average: 9.86)
     
  • Master of Medicine
    Emanuela Früh (average: 10)
    Eva Gelina Van Gelder (average: 10)

For the other Master's degrees, the prize was not awarded due to a lack of candidates meeting the requirements.

 

During the evening, prizes were also awarded for the best Bachelor's and Master's graduates presented by institutions in the region

  • ABB prize for the best Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences, presented by Dr Maurice Campagna
    Sebastiano Cuter (average: 8.97)
     
  • ABB Award for the best Master's degree in Communication Sciences, presented by Dr Maurice Campagna
    Giada Motta (average: 9.91)
     
  • Alma Bacciarini Prize for the best Bachelor's degree in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana, presented by Dr Giordano Zeli
    Coralie Schneiter (average: 9.72)
     
  • Alma Bacciarini Prize for the best Master's degree in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana, awarded by Atty Giordano Zeli
    Marta Pizzagalli (average: 9.87)
     
  • ABT Award for the best average in the Bachelor of Economics, presented by Franco Citterio, director of the Associazione Bancaria Ticinese (ABT)
    Adele Bortoletti (average: 9.29)
     
  • ABT Award for the best average among all the Masters in Economics, presented by Franco Citterio, director of the Associazione Bancaria Ticinese (ABT)
    Martina Besana (average: 9.58)
     
  • EFG Pietro Balestra Prize for the best average in quantitative subjects, presented by Patrick Gagliardini, Pro-Rector for Research at USI
    Imperato Stefano (average: 9.43)
     
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Award for the best Master in Finance thesis, presented by Louis Macchi, Head of PwC's Lugano office 
    Alice Zanella (Title: Discovering Volatility Dynamics: A GARCH-Based Analysis of the Global Financial Crisis and the COVID-19 Shock)