What are you up to now?
I am currently finishing my first year of doctoral research in the School of History at UCC. My thesis is investigating the impact of Darwinian Theory on 19th Century Ireland, mainly in an intellectual/cultural context.
What did winning mean to you?
Winning the Undergraduate Award for History in 2009 was, on a personal level, a tremendous validation of my study and a great encouragement to continue on to my PhD. It is hard to quantify its effect on my research career and opportunities, but has certainly meant that I am taken seriously in applications and approaches to academics.
Why do you think your entry was the winning paper in your category?
I think that to some degree it must have been subject matter, i.e. choosing to write on Darwin in the year of the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. I hope, however, it was mainly because it was a well-constructed piece of research!
Undergraduate Award Winner in 2009
University: University College Cork