What are you up to now?
In 2009 I enrolled and completed the H(Dip)in Education in UCC. Graduating with first class honours, I am now teaching in a secondary school in Douglas, Cork, called Regina Mundi College. I am also completing A PhD in Geography in UCC under the supervision of Dr. John Crowley.
What did winning mean to you?
It was difficult to maintain a positive mental attitude towards my college studies while working during the day and looking after my husband and children, but the support of my family, my college classmates and lecturers helped to keep me focused. Winning the award for Economics validated all of that sacrifice and encouraged me to register for another six years of study with the PhD!
Why do you think your entry was the winning paper in your category?
Perhaps it was the originality of the question posed. Students, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level should strive to push the boundaries of their thinking, reasoning, questioning, and writing. I try to employ that methodology in my work and perhaps that gave me the edge. The encouragement of Daniel Blackshields in the Economics Dept. was also instrumental in keeping my mind focused.
Undergraduate Award Winner in 2009
University: University College Cork
Should We Allow a Market for Kidneys? An Economist's Consideration