What are you up to now?
I’m doing a PhD on the hydrogeochemistry of Taiwan at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. I’m just finishing my first year in Cambridge after a Fulbright year at Columbia University in NYC.
What did winning mean to you?
Winning the competition gave me a great boost in confidence – it meant that I could write. The main point in the essay deals with a very curious detail about the timing of human evolution in Ireland that I thoroughly enjoyed researching. Winning was icing on the cake.
Why do you think your entry was the winning paper in your category?
The paper reviewed literature from Earth Sciences and Archaeology, two seemingly close fields but in fact their respective literature is rarely combined. In doing so, it provided a comprehensive compilation of relevant literature. This, together with the original point discussed in the paper, made it worthy of publication.
Undergraduate Award Winner in 2009
University: National University of Ireland, Galway