The ALICE Collaboration is happy to congratulate a few new doctors, who concluded their PhD studies within the experiment between the end of 2017 and the first months of 2018.

Last November, Jihye Song received her PhD from the Pusan National University of South Korea, where she studied multi-strange resonance production in nuclear collisions at the LHC energies under the supervision of In-Kwon Yoo. She also contributed to the development of the software framework for high-multiplicity studies in ALICE.

Davide Francesco Lodato defended his thesis on the measurement of the prompt photon production cross section in proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV and was awarded his PhD at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in January. While pursuing his research under the guidance of Thomas Peitzmann and Marco van Leeuwen, he also participated in the activities of the Di-jet Calorimeter Quality Assurance (DCal QA) and Data Quality Monitoring (DQM) groups.

Alexander Deisting, Neelima Agrawal and Monika Varga-K?farag? received their PhD degree last February.

Alexander defended a thesis on ion mobility and GEM discharge studies for the upgrade of the ALICE Time Projection Chamber (TPC), which he developed at the University of Heidelberg under the supervision of Silvia Masciocchi. He also collaborated to the overall success of the experiment with his work as an expert of the TPC.

Neelima completed her thesis on the Lambda (1520) resonance production in Pb-Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV and studied its decay reconstruction efficiency, under the guidance of Sadhana Dash. The PhD degree was granted to her by the Indian Institute of Technology of Bombay, India.

The anomalous broadening of jet-peak shapes in ultrarelativistic lead collisions was the focus of Monika's thesis, together with the characterization of monolithic active pixel sensors for the ALICE Inner Tracking System (ITS) upgrade. Supervised by Raimond Snellings and Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus, she was awarded her PhD by the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

In March, it was the turn of Satoshi Yano and Vytautas Vislavi?ius.

Satoshi received his PhD degree from the University of Hiroshima, Japan, after defending his thesis on neutral pion production in pp collisions at 8 TeV, which he developed under the supervision of Kenta Shigaki. He also participated in the assembly of hybrid integrated circuits for the ITS upgrade.

Tutored by Peter Christiansen, Anders Oskarsson and David Silvermyr, Vytautas studied the dependence of the production of identified hadrons on event multiplicity and transverse spherocity in pp collisions at 7 TeV and 13 TeV and contributed to the activities on the Readout Control Unit for the TPC upgrade. The PhD was granted to him by the University of Lund, Sweden.

Our best wishes to all for a successful continuation of their scientific career.

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