Thesis Award for bachelor student Willem Vermeulen

25 April 2017

Bachelor student Willem Vermeulen has won the Lanciersprijs for his Bachelor Informatica graduation thesis. Willem Vermeulen was supervised by Dr. Rick Quax from the Computational Science Lab of the Institute of Informatics.

His research conducted for his thesis, was praised by the jury for its innovative use of historical genealogy data to study domestic migration patterns in the nineteenth century.

Willem Vermeulen won the award for his Bachelor thesis on Dutch migration patterns in the 19th century. For his work he collected millions of digitized individual municipal records from the Tilburg area and performed network analysis and statistical tests.

Among the findings is a sudden and sustained increased migration flow around 1853 which is as of yet unexplained. Another finding is a 'heritability' of migration: a person is significantly more likely to marry in a different municipality when one of his/her parents did as well.

The Lanciersprijs is an initiative of the Regionaal Archief Tilburg.

Published by  Faculty of Science