The Golden HSE Award includes eight categories for achievements in different professional spheres. But since HSE is, first of all, a research university, we’ve asked the winners of the awards for outstanding research to tell us what this award means tothem.
‘I have been lucky to win the Golden HSE Award three times in different categories. And each time, I felt excited, happy for the acknowledgement, and honoured to be surrounded by so many candidates who deserve the prize. It’s always nice to get a prize, but they have different values. I believe that the most important prize is one awarded by your peers in the profession who belong to the same university community as you. They know the real value of you and your achievements better than any external experts. The Golden HSE is a special award. It is an important symbol of acknowledgement and an important sign that one belongs to the HSE University’.
'A yellow bird with the inscription, 2017 Golden HSE, stands on by bookshelf next to old books: the engineer Girshon's monograph, High-speed Railways, the 1935 Master Plan of Moscow, and the once-popular books, Vehicular Roads, by G.D. Dubelir, and Problems of Urban Passenger Transport, by A.H. Zilbertal .
Both before and after getting the award I have felt more like a humble research fellow who is an attentive reader than an exuberant writer. Objectively, my research interests is much less noticeable as compared to that of my numerous and respected friends from ‘conventional’ academic science.
Winning the Golden HSE was an incredible and, to be honest, a very pleasant surprise for me. This award is particularly important because your university peers, who are involved in scientific fields that are very far from yours, learn something good about you and, for to some reason, respect what you have done.
I believe that, at such moments, the hard-to-measure phenomenon of university unity becomes manifest: we belong to different research fields, but we have a general understanding who is who in their respective fields.’
‘Getting the Golden HSE is a dream. For me, it came true twice: in 2005 (Best teacher at the Faculty of Philosophy) and 2018 (Achievement in Research). Two golden crows stand on my desk and watch me so that I’m not tempted by laziness and don’t waste time: life passes by quickly, and it’s harder and harder to catch up with it.
Golden HSE is a sign of respect and trust. This is what I value the most. These things are difficult to earn and easy to lose. My crows don’t let me relax and settle.
When I feel down, they crow in support. The younger one winks: get a grip, we can do it! The older one smiles tenderly. I dust them off and say: “It’s all right, we’ll be crowing together for some more time, my darling birds!”’
‘Best Expert’ and ‘Achievement in Research’ are the main Golden HSE categories for those who have made breakthrough contributions to academic and expert knowledge. Departments can nominate their candidates on the award website until October 29.
When one applies, it is important not only to list the candidate’s professional achievements and research publications, but to explain why their research is innovative and unique.