Daniel Philbin Bowman

What have you been up to since winning the Undergraduate Awards?
I’m continuing my final year in TCD studying Business and Politics. I’ve just overseen the public launch of Ireland’s first student managed fund, Trinity SMF, an initiative I co-founded earlier this year. The fund will provide Trinity students an opportunity to gain real life insight into how business and finance works; it is education beyond textbooks.

What did winning the Undergraduate Awards mean to you? 
It was fantastic and humbling to be acknowledged by leading lecturers in my field and put on a par with some of the other truly impressive winners. I am really looking forward to being part of the Undergraduate Award network going forward.

What tips do you have for students entering the Undergraduate Awards?
Be relevant. Be interesting. Be specific. Be actionable. Assume every entry will be well researched and intelligently thought-through. I think what helped mine and others stand out was combining several existing knowledge bases in a new and relevant way. In my case I tried to make pretty standard theory from marketing interesting by applying it in the area of how the world prioritises global challenges and then focusing on one challenge in particular, overpopulation, and drawing out an actionable application of the theory for it.

Undergraduate Award Winner in 2010

University: Trinity College Dublin
Category: Astronomy & Space Sciences

Understanding overpopulation: how commercial marketing tactics can help us tackle “the greatest shortcoming of the human race”

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