Cover of Sunny Vagnozzi

Sunny says, "To receive this prize, rewarding the effort I put into my PhD work, including writing my thesis, is a great honor for me. In all honesty, most of the credit goes to the amazing mentorship of my advisor Katie Freese and the incredibly stimulating research environment at the OKC. The OKC is an unique research environment where experts at the forefront of different fields come together in a very relaxed atmosphere, which is a 'lethal cocktail' for producing top-class multidisciplinary research. Students are given enormous freedom to develop their own research, while interacting with all these experts. This explains why OKC students are extremely successful on the job market (both academic and non) afterwards. I can say beyond any doubt that the OKC is one of the best places for doing research at the forefront of cosmology, astroparticle physics, and astrophysics, not only in Europe but also in the world. If I could go back 100 times to the day when I had to make a decision about where to go for my PhD, I would choose the OKC again 101 times."

The thesis, titled Weigh Them All! – Cosmological Searches for the Neutrino Mass Scale and Mass Ordering is freely available online and will additionally be published later this year in the Springer Theses series.