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Highly Commended 2016

Congratulations to the  Highly Commended Entrants of The Undergraduate Awards 2016 programme! Overall Winners will be chosen from the list of entrants below:

Student was highly commended for two papers in the category *
Student was highly commended for three papers in the category **

Art History, Music, Film & Theatre

  • Sofia Garré | University of Exeter
  • Killian Glynn | Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Gabrielle Hick | Brown University
  • Cathy Kerbey | University College Cork
  • Ka Chi Li | University of Hong Kong*
  • Yun-Hsuan Lin | McGill University
  • James Mc Glynn | University College Cork
  • Lindsey McIntosh | University of Strathclyde
  • Jason Mile | Western University
  • Edith Nataprawira | Ryerson University
  • Amelia Noble | Australian National University
  • Benjamin Price | Trinity College Dublin
  • Arianna Ray | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
  • Andrew Seager | University of Dundee
  • Ming Wai Tai | University of Hong Kong
  • Hannah Thornton | University of Sheffield
  • Johanna Varadi | Trinity College Dublin
  • Juan Camilo Velasquez Buritica | McGill University
  • Jamie Williams | Cardiff University
  • Rachel Wilson | Princeton University
  • Lauren Young | University of Birmingham
  • Joanna Batsakis | Monash University
  • Robin Chapman | University of Sheffield
  • Jing Yi Chen | University of Leeds
  • Sorcha Flanagan | Trinity College Dublin

Built Environment

  • Felipe Flores | University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Philipp Heckmann-Umhau  | University of Cambridge
  • Wa Yan Lei | University of Hong Kong
  • Silvia Leone | The University of Sheffield
  • Sayed Ahmad Saeed | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Jiemin Tina Wei | Princeton University

Business

  • Sanja Arsova | The University of Sheffield, CITY College
  • Connor Bevans | Queen’s University        
  • Dan Carr | Trinity College Dublin
  • Mun Nyee Chew | Australian National University
  • Geraldine Courtenay | Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Ryan George | University of Manchester
  • Gordon Geraghty | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Alex Guarracino | Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Russell Halton Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Stephanie Haywood | University of St Andrews*
  • Safiyeh Heidarzadeh | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Lauren Hetherington | Ulster University        
  • Dzhuliya Katsarova | The University of Sheffield, CITY College
  • Chzee An Lau | Nanyang Technological University
  • Shamus Lee | University of Exeter
  • Jessica Murray | University of Sheffield
  • Esther Olarewaju | University of Manchester
  • Robert Sarich | Australian National University
  • Jianhao Soo | Nanyang Technological University
  • Tessa Vullinghs | University of Strathclyde
  • Feifei Yan | University of Exeter
  • John Zhou | University of British Columbia

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Devon Brameier | University of St Andrews
  • Mohammad Chaudhry | Ryerson University
  • Nicola Dennis | University of Leeds
  • David Evans | University of Southampton
  • Marie Foley | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Josh Jadischke | Western University
  • Clive Lim | University of Dundee
  • Vladislav Mints | Leiden University
  • Vincent Naughton | National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Marco Stoeckli | ETH Zurich
  • Chong Yih Ooi | Nanyang Technological University

Classical Studies

  • Charlie Bowen | University of Exeter
  • James Bigley | University College London
  • Heather Curtis | University of St Andrews
  • Mark Dolan | University of Reading
  • Elinor Garnett | University College London
  • Melanie Hechenberger | Monash University
  • Alicia Núñez García | University of Edinburgh
  • Ella Sevenoaks | University of Exeter
  • Sharon Staub | University of Melbourne

Computer Sciences

  • David Allison | Durham University
  • Veneta Haralampieva | University of Manchester
  • Ahnaf Hassan | Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
  • Aaron Hetherington | University of Limerick
  • Tomas Higgins | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Zixuan Li | Nanyang Technological University
  • Jin Liu | Western University
  • Frank Ryan | Durham University
  • Ronan Turner | University of Edinburgh

Earth & Environmental Sciences

  • Frank Armstrong | National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Magdalena Bojarska | Trinity College Dublin
  • Alexander Blum | Brown University
  • Wayne Egan | Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Lena Fuldauer | University College London
  • Beth Harvey | University of Sheffield
  • Maxime Julian | University of Southampton
  • Sean Logue | Queen’s University Belfast
  • James Marschalek | Durham University
  • Lucy McKay | University of St Andrews
  • Kirsty McKenzie | University of St Andrews
  • Ismail Olasunkanmi | Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Elinor Penny | University of Exeter
  • Cheuk Ying Lau | University of Southampton

Economics

  • Daniel Campbell | University of Pittsburgh
  • Delia Chen | Western University
  • Mak Cho Kei | Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • Devin D’Angelo | University of California Berkeley
  • Danielle Dobos | Stanford University
  • Idaliya Grigoryeva | National Research University Higher School of Economics
  • Ronak Jain | University of Cambridge
  • Richard Kelly | Western University
  • Connor Krawelitzki | University of British Columbia
  • Robert McCall | University of Manchester
  • Rosie Nolan | University of Manchester
  • David Rindt | | Utrecht University
  • Dawid Sawicki | University of St Andrews
  • Sophia Schneidewind | University of Edinburgh
  • Cameron Young | Simon Fraser University

Education

  • Rebecca Bakal | Yale University
  • Zhi Mun Chou | Nanyang Technological University
  • Katie Duggan | Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Pui Ki Patricia Kwok | University of Hong Kong
  • Sean McCullagh | St Mary’s University College, Belfast
  • Gabrielle Mendes | University of Birmingham
  • Angelica Ng | Nanyang Technological University
  • Breda O’Kane | St. Mary’s University College, Belfast
  • Seán Ormsby | St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
  • Bethany Ryan | University of Manchester
  • Aime Sacrez | La Trobe University
  • Amrit Sanghe | University of British Columbia
  • Bethany Smith | University of East Anglia
  • Caitríona Williams | St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

Engineering

  • Sammy Madhi | University of Manchester
  • Rasan Chandra | University of Sheffield
  • Andre Cleaver | University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Sheng Rong Fang | Nanyang Technological University
  • Nicholas Harvey | University of Johannesburg
  • Nikhil Jacob | University of Sheffield
  • James Lander | University of Exeter
  • Glen Lim | Nanyang Technological University
  • Shane Mcmahon | Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • Anthony Mellerick | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Jack O’Meara | National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Tonny Okedi | University College London
  • Pavel Petruneac | University of Exeter
  • Prasanth Thangavel | Nanyang Technological University
  • Heinrich Tan Sio Hoong | Nanyang Technological University
  • Aysun Urhan | Boğaziçi University
  • Rebecca Watts | Australian National University

History

  • Maija Absetz | University of Helsinki
  • Emilia Antiglio | University of Warwick
  • Amy Bentall | Durham University
  • Sarah Byrne | Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Bay Lauris Byrne Sim | Dartmouth College
  • Thompson Chau | University of St Andrews
  • Roy Chen | Brown University
  • Sonali Chopra | American University of Sharjah
  • Heather Curtis | University of St Andrews
  • Geraldine Fela | Australian National University
  • Denah Fitzharris | Dublin City University
  • Emily Gallagher | Australian National University
  • Claire Gjertsen | University of Calgary
  • Nellie-Mae Godwin-Welch | Monash University
  • Richard Harrington | University College Cork
  • Emily Hawk | Franklin & Marshall College
  • Joanna Henry | Trinity College Dublin
  • Andrea Holstein | Western University
  • Cameron Houston | University of St Andrews
  • Liam Hunt | Trinity College Dublin
  • Leon Kohl | Trinity College Dublin
  • Maksymilian Loth-Hill | Durham University
  • Barry McDonagh | Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Roddy McGlynn | University of St Andrews
  • Atlanta Neudorf | Durham University
  • Liam O’Brien | University College Cork
  • Hatice Polat | Boğaziçi University
  • Siu Hang Tang | University of Hong Kong
  • Eve Waller | University of Cambridge
  • Rosie Watterson | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Samuel Whittaker | University of Sheffield
  • Shuang Wu | University of Exeter
  • Joseph Yu | University of St Andrews
  • Julian Zschocke | University of St Andrews

Languages & Linguistics

  • Leah Brainin | University of Toronto
  • Sharon Buckley | University College Cork
  • Dominie Dessaix | Australian National University
  • Holly Garner | Cardiff University
  • Kathryn Harris | University of Nottingham
  • Grace McLaughlin | New York University
  • Anneliese Mills | University of Toronto
  • Ted Moskovitz | Princeton University
  • Eva Ng | University of Hong Kong
  • Chloe Stringer | University of Edinburgh
  • Phoebe Troll | University College London
  • Mary Wang | Western University
  • Ozan Mahir Yıldırım | Boğaziçi University
  • Freya Young | University of Glasgow

Law

  • Mahmoud Abukhadir | National University Ireland, Galway
  • Kay Cheng | King’s College London
  • Hoi Ching Chiang | King’s College London
  • Vinita Dhir | University of Waterloo
  • Peter Elkin | Durham University
  • Claire Errington | Durham University
  • Hugh Guidera | Trinity College Dublin
  • Rory Hennessy | Trinity College Dublin
  • Sonja Mareike Hoffmann | University of Groningen
  • Hilary Hogan | Trinity College Dublin
  • Clara Hurley | Leiden University
  • Prashant Kelshiker | Australian National University
  • Laura Lee | University of Edinburgh
  • Esther Lim | University College London
  • Daniel McCarron | Trinity College Dublin
  • Emily McDonald | Monash University
  • Aislinn Meister | King’s College London
  • Katie Mullane | University College Cork
  • Caitlin Murphy | Monash University
  • Aisling Murray | Trinity College Dublin
  • Cliodhna Ni Ghadhra | Trinity College Dublin
  • Amelia Noble | Australian National University
  • Nqolokazi Nomvalo | University of Johannesburg
  • Kathryn O’Hagan | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Harita Sridhar | Australian National University
  • Matthew Tsai | University of Queensland
  • Jacqueline Williams | Australian National University
  • Emma Wilson | Durham University
  • Kevin Wong | Princeton University

Life Sciences

  • Gillian Allen | National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Allison Bell | Western University
  • Claire Brouard | University of Leeds
  • Janet Byrne | University College Dublin
  • Bethan Carr | Cardiff University
  • Denise Croote | Brown University
  • Stephanie Diu | Princeton University
  • Claire Dooley | National University Ireland, Galway
  • Vidar Elsin | Karolinska Institute
  • Tereza Gerguri | Masaryk University
  • Noemi Hughes | University of Cambridge
  • Jethro Kwong | Western University
  • Anoushka Lal | Monash University
  • Shirley Long | Western University
  • Kevin Lyons | Trinity College Dublin
  • Elaine McCarthy | University College Cork
  • Laura Merritt | University of Exeter
  • Niamh Mohan | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Peter Moughton | University of Leeds
  • Hilary Pang | University of Toronto
  • Marta Pisarska | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Samuel Ross | University of Leeds
  • Tom Roth | Utrecht University
  • Gayathri S | Nanyang Technological University
  • Siofra Sealy | Trinity College Dublin
  • Sadaf Sohrabi | University of Edinburgh
  • Matthew Tang | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Emily Tong | University College London
  • David Watson | Western University
  • Robert White | Trinity College Dublin
  • Rachel Yee | University of Dundee
  • Kim Yeow Yong | Nanyang Technological University

Literature: English

  • Shamma AlKuwari | Qatar University
  • Conor Brennan | Trinity College Dublin
  • Dean Buckley | National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Michelle Bunton | Western University
  • Bill Carroll | Trinity College Dublin*
  • Wai Chi Chan | University of Hong Kong
  • Robin Chapman | The University of Sheffield
  • Katie Clover | Trinity College Dublin
  • Sarah Coakley | University of Dundee
  • Anna D’Alton | Trinity College Dublin
  • Orla Delaney | Trinity College Dublin
  • Emily Denomme | Western University*
  • Naoise Dolan | Trinity College Dublin
  • Angharad Elwyn Jones | Cardiff University
  • Sorcha Gannon | Trinity College Dublin*
  • Maryam Golafshani | Western University
  • Annabelle Hawkes | University of Sussex*
  • Yuchen Hong | Nanyang Technological University
  • Eve Houghton | Yale University // Oxford University*
  • Clare Kelly | Trinity College Dublin*
  • Elise Matthyssen | University of New South Wales
  • Caroline May | University of St Andrews
  • Deirdre McAteer | Trinity College Dublin
  • Joseph McCarthy | University College Cork
  • Cathal McDaid | Ulster University
  • Cameron MacDonald | Ryerson University
  • Karen McFadyen | University of Alberta*
  • Grace McLaughlin | New York University
  • Wyatt Merkley | Western University
  • Eoin Moore | Trinity College Dublin*
  • Lucy Murray | Trinity College Dublin
  • Nandita Nair | University of St Andrews*
  • Saskia Neugebauer | University of Wuppertal
  • Tom Noonan | Trinity College Dublin
  • Cian O’Connor | University College Cork
  • Jason O’Toole | National University Ireland, Maynooth
  • Torre Puckett | University of Texas at Austin
  • Kristina Shaw | University of Leeds
  • Eva Short | Trinity College Dublin
  • Safia Siddique | King’s College London
  • Christian Soler | Yale University
  • Ming Wai Tai | University of Hong Kong
  • Alexander Torres | Stanford University
  • Victoria Walsh | University of St Andrews
  • Isaac Weil | University of California, Berkeley
  • Charlie Wood | St Andrews University
  • Jamie Williams | Cardiff University
  • Abbygail Wood | Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Orlagh Woods | National University Ireland, Maynooth

Literature: Non-English

  • Conor Brennan | Trinity College Dublin
  • Stephen Cox | Trinity College Dublin
  • Claire Hamilton | Trinity College Dublin
  • Emily Liao | Northwestern University
  • Elise Matthyssen | University of New South Wales
  • Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill | Trinity College Dublin
  • Eimhin O’Reilly | Trinity College Dublin

Mathematics & Physics

  • Najoud Alotaibi | University of Leeds
  • Shaza Alsibaai | King Abdulaziz University
  • Kezia Burke | National University Ireland, Galway
  • Brendan Clarke | Trinity College Dublin
  • Columb Doherty | Dublin City University
  • Kristin Bjargey Lund Gunnarsdottir | University of St Andrews
  • Jamie Hargreaves | University of Manchester
  • Sean Higgins | Trinity College Dublin
  • Utkarsh Jain | University of Manchester
  • Enoch Leung | University of Hong Kong
  • Kristen Scotti | Northwestern University
  • Nathalie Thibert | Western University
  • Liam Walker | University of St Andrews
  • Joshua Wong | University College London

Medical Sciences

  • Shahad Al-Juhani | King Abdulaziz University
  • Anna Arbman | Karolinska Institute
  • Aryan Baghbadrani | University of Sheffield
  • Jack Bradley | University of Dundee
  • Douglas Doyle-Baker | University of Calgary
  • Karen Duggan | Trinity College Dublin
  • Neo Xuan Hao Edwin | Nanyang Technological University
  • Caitlin Gibson | University of St Andrews
  • Michael Halpin | Australian National University
  • Rachel Hanley | Dublin City University
  • Jenni Hayward | Monash University
  • Benjamin Heller Sahlgren | Karolinska Institutet
  • Rosanna Keane | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Ye Seul Kim | Western University
  • Christine Lageborn | Karolinska Institute
  • Jessica Lee | University of St Andrews
  • Alison Leong | National University Ireland Galway
  • Maniragav Manimaran | University College London
  • Sara Meziani | Karolinska Institute
  • Lee Nguyen | Monash University
  • Rita Rajani | University College London
  • Ravi Shah | University of Cambridge
  • Emma Shaw | University of Sheffield
  • Ming Wei Sia | Nanyang Technological University
  • Linda Storbjörk | Karolinska Institute

Nursing & Midwifery

  • Francis Aristosa | Trinity College Dublin
  • Shauna Callaghan | University College Dublin
  • Esther Cherukara | University of Edinburgh
  • Talitha Claassens | Massey University
  • Karen Hagan | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Rosana Hare | Massey University
  • Stephanie Hodges | University of British Columbia
  • Samantha Hutchinson | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Laura Mandell | University of Connecticut
  • Ciaran McClelland | University College Cork
  • Grace Murphy | Trinity College Dublin
  • Laura O’Toole | University College Dublin
  • Eniola Naheemat Oladiti | Trinity College Dublin
  • Nicola Shephard | Queen’s University Belfast

Philosophy

  • OJ Akhigbe | University College London
  • Kane Baker | University of Exeter
  • Hugh Burgess | University College Dublin
  • Peter Chen | Pomona College
  • Duncan Cordry | University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Nathan Davies | Durham University
  • Anna Deregowski | University of Toronto
  • Dominie Dessaix | Australian National University
  • William Dunne | Trinity College Dublin
  • Neo Xuan Hao Edwin | Nanyang Technological University
  • Danai Fasoi | University College London
  • Gabriel Abensour | Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Anthony Hallal | Monash University
  • Ilpo Hirvonen | University of Helsinki
  • Edward Mannix | King’s College London
  • Conor McGlynn | Trinity College Dublin
  • Guy Mor | Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Victor Parchment | Western University
  • Julian Christopher Scott | Australian National University
  • Matthew Silberman | Princeton University
  • Anne Talkington | Duke University
  • Dylan Vallance | Western University
  • Hayden Wilkinson | University of Queensland
  • Kevin Wong | Princeton University
  • Georges Zotiades | University College London

Politics & International Relations

  • Nadiyah Abdullatif | University of St Andrews**
  • Isabel Airas | Durham University*
  • Dounya Alami-Nassif | University of Texas at Austin
  • Charlotte Amrouche | University College Dublin
  • Sandra Morrell Andrews | University of British Columbia
  • Emilia Antiglio | University of Warwick
  • Ioana Badea | University of Sussex
  • James Barklamb | Monash University
  • Amy Batley | Durham University
  • Natalia Beghin | University of Manchester
  • Aravind Boddupalli | University of Minnesota
  • Benson Cheung | University of Toronto
  • Dylan Cooke | Western University
  • Flora Donovan | University of Leeds
  • Lewis Dowle | University of St Andrews
  • Zackary Drury | Australian National University
  • Oyinkansola Fafowora | University of Warwick
  • Beatrice Faleri | King’s College London
  • Christopher Ginou | Western University
  • Miles Harrison | University of St Andrews
  • Katherine Kardomateas | Brown University
  • Pavel Kondov | University of Exeter
  • Casimir Legrand | University of St Andrews
  • La Li | University of Hong Kong
  • Fraser Logan | University of Dundee
  • Amba Maharaj | University of Exeter
  • Hannah McGlade | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Rakib Miah | University of Leeds
  • Leila Morris | The University of Sheffield
  • Michael Murphy | University of Ottawa**
  • Maxwell Phillis | Australian National University
  • Hayley Pring | Australian National University
  • Anna Rauter | University of St Andrews
  • Gianni Sarra | King’s College London
  • Liam Simmonds | University of Warwick
  • Nikita Sinclair | University of Leeds
  • Rebecca Steele | University of Exeter
  • Henry Thomas | University of Leeds
  • Robin Trenbath | University of Manchester
  • Jessica Urwin | Australian National University
  • Marta Verani | University of Sussex
  • Megan Wadin | University of St Andrews
  • Lewis Watson | University of Glasgow
  • Jack Winterton | London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Michael Yip | University of Warwick*

Psychology

  • Chu Ning Ann | Nanyang Technological University
  • Rewina Bedemariam | Addis Ababa
  • Leah Brainin | University of Toronto
  • Sage Brown | University of Calgary
  • Andra Coldea | University of Glasgow
  • Brittany Comunale | Brown University
  • Jillian Conway | University of Calgary
  • Samantha DeBellis | Western University*
  • Niamh Doody | National University Ireland, Maynooth
  • Celina Everling | Western University
  • Aoife Fitzpatrick | National University Ireland, Maynooth
  • Ryan Fox | University of Manchester
  • Joseph Harris | University of Southampton*
  • Sarah Hobin | University of Sussex
  • Alina Ivan | University of Exeter
  • Mallory Jackman | Western University
  • Glenn Kong | James Cook University Singapore
  • Kerry Leaver | James Cook University Singapore
  • Charlotte Lillis | University of Sussex*
  • Patrick Liu | Northwestern University
  • Peter Martin | Monash University
  • Christina Maxwell | University of Queensland
  • Rebecca McClements | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Cisse Nakeyar | Western University
  • Helen O’Sullivan Curtin | University College Cork
  • Aaron Patterson | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Anna Samson | University of Calgary
  • Marco Schlosser | University of Groningen
  • Sarah Schwanz | Western University
  • Holly Scott | University of Glasgow
  • Tan Jun Liang Jonathan | Nanyang Technological University**
  • Lenka Johanna Wichmann | University of Groningen
  • See Heng Yim | University College London
  • Roslina Yong | Singapore Management University

Social Science: Anthropology & Cultural Studies

  • Sahil Badruddin | University of Texas at Austin
  • Jules Bayer-Crier | University of Exeter
  • Jess Brown | University of East Anglia
  • Kim Carter | Australian National University
  • Alice Chesworth | Monash University
  • Benson Cheung | University of Toronto
  • Anson Ching | University of British Columbia
  • Elena Corradi | University of Sussex
  • Emily Dang | Monash University
  • Calvin Fung | Monash University
  • Michael Goco | University of British Columbia
  • Ali Greenholt | University of Pittsburgh
  • Thomas Hvala | Monash University
  • Laura Kent | Australian National University
  • Mauricio Lapchik Minski | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Angel Leung | Western University*
  • Jackie Lobban | Griffith University
  • Linda Ma | Australian National University
  • Sinead Manning | University of Melbourne
  • Niamh McKenna | Queen’s University Belfast
  • Rebecca Meharchand | Western University
  • Omar Mohamed | Utrecht University
  • Colleen O’Gorman | Princeton University
  • Eoin O’Leary | Trinity College Dublin*
  • Maria Pabolaza Lacambra | University of Edinburgh
  • Mathilde Paillat | Université de Lausanne
  • Linzi Peters | University of Edinburgh
  • Isabelle Rogerson | University of Exeter
  • Madeline Rotman | Brown University
  • Keith Rowan | National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Rufat Safarli | University of Exeter
  • Florence Sutton | University of East Anglia
  • Esther Veas | University of East Anglia
  • Marta Verani | University of Sussex
  • Jan-Philipp Wagner | University of Dundee
  • Bethan Winter | Durham University
  • Holly Wright | University of East Anglia
  • Britta Zeltmann | Cardiff University

Social Science: Social Policy

  • Ria Basu | University of Manchester
  • Caroline Breeden | University of Leeds
  • Alice Chesworth | Monash University
  • Neil Cuthill | University of St Andrews
  • Lewis Dowle | University of St Andrews
  • Katie Duggan | Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Amanda Jekums | Ryerson University
  • James Lee | Yale University
  • Audrey Luo | University of Cambridge
  • Naciza Masikini | Western University
  • Rakib Miah | University of Leeds
  • Hatice Polat | Boğaziçi University
  • Syafiq Suhaini | Nanyang Technological University
  • Aleksandra Szymczyk | University of East Anglia
  • Florian Volz | Universiteit Leiden

Visual Arts & Design

  • Farah Abou Hamza | American University of Sharjah
  • Mohammed Sami Al Amili | Ulster University
  • Paulina Biskup | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Michelle Bunton | Western University
  • Olga Dorney | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Grace Enemaku | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Shane Fagan | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Beth Henderson | University of Dundee
  • Ka Wing Ho | University of Hong Kong
  • Wei Long Hoong | Nanyang Technological University
  • Áine Kelly | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Sanne Koelemij | Australian National University
  • Chloe Lewis | University of Dundee
  • Broy Lim | Nanyang Technological University
  • Natalia Marzec | Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Kamarulzaman Mohamed Sapiee | Nanyang Technological University
  • Danielle Neville | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Jackie Nevin | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Gerard O’Callaghan | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Tomas Penc | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Cassandra Place | University of Leeds
  • Cathy Reddy | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Pascal Ungerer | Cork Institute of Technology
  • Susanne Wawra | National College of Art and Design

Tips for 2016 UA Submissions

We’ve already given you the tips from our alumni about how to finalise your UA submissions. Now we’re going to give you a few pointers from the UA team!

  1. Remember you can submit up to three papers – Many people will have one paper that they think is the best work they’ve produced, particularly if they have just finished a final year project. That’s wonderful and we always encourage you to submit the work you’re proud of but why not take advantage of being able to submit three papers? All it can do is increase your chances.
  2. Recommend UA to a friend – If you’re not submitting to the same category, you won’t be in competition with each other. Plus you could end up attending our annual summit in Dublin with a friend if you’re both successful.
  3. Don’t necessarily wait until the deadline – This can be a busy time of year for people so we recommend for people to get their submissions in as soon as possible. If you’re submitting final projects or getting results of papers at the moment, why not submit them to UA at the same time? Then it’s one less thing to have on your mind.
  4. Look at our past journals and art exhibition if you’re stuck on deciding what to submit – Your submission doesn’t always have to be your highest graded project, it can be the one you’re most proud of or one that you feel has that little something different. Get some inspiration from our past journals or last year’s Aligned art exhibition.
  5. Try not to stress too much about choosing a category – From what we’ve seen, you know your papers the best so your instincts are most likely the right choice. Consider who you’ll be competing against, who will be judging the category and what department is awarding your degree. After that, commit to the most suitable of our 25 categories and trust your selection.
  6. Make sure you’re anonymous – Take a quick look at our anonymity requirements and consider our tips for ensuring your submission doesn’t give you away. You don’t want something like forgetting to remove your name to be the thing that prevents you from winning.
  7. Graduates can also submit – Remember you can submit if you graduated in 2015 along with penultimate and final year students. Don’t rule yourself out automatically just because you’re a graduate.
  8. Make sure you’re within the word count – Yes, footnotes do count but abstract, bibliography and appendices do not. Do check what the word count for your category is because it is taken into consideration by the UA team.
  9. Check the type of document that you’re submitting – Submit in PDF (.pdf) or Word Document (.docx) format – we need to be able to check your document for anonymity, word count, etc. Please don’t scan up a copy of your paper.
  10. It’s easy to submit – Don’t build it up or get too stressed about it, just upload your paper and we’ll take care of the rest!

Alumni Questionnaire: Beating Procrastination

It’s week two of our alumni questionnaire results and this week we’re tackling procrastination. At this time of year, procrastination is the last thing students need and the alumni came back to us with their tips for getting through it to finish those assignments.

  1. Breaks are necessary – Trying to power through and get everything done might work for a small number of people but for most of us, it’ll lead to being burnt out. That just means more procrastination down the line as you try to get the energy to study. Make sure to take regular breaks away from your workspace, stay hydrated and go back to it when you’re refreshed.
  2. Reward yourself – Commit to getting your work done with the knowledge you can do something you enjoy guilt-free at the end of it.
  3. To-do lists – Ticking something off a list as finished can be incredibly rewarding, and it gives you a plan of how to get all of your assignments done. Even better if you can set rough times or dates as guidelines for yourself.
  4. Location, location, location – Study at a place which allows you to concentrate as much as possible. For some people that could be the library but it could also be the local coffee shop, your bedroom or even outdoors if the weather is good enough.
  5. Do anything – Sometimes it’s all about getting started. One respondent recommended telling yourself that you’re only going to work for 25 minutes and then reevaluating. A lot of the time you’ll find you’re already settled into the zone of being productive.
  6. Turn your phone off – This applies to phone distractions but also to social media. There are apps out there to block certain websites for a set amount of time. If you find yourself endlessly scrolling through social media or checking your messages, this might be a good tip for you.
  7. Set manageable goals – There’s no point in setting yourself three days work to be done in an afternoon. You’ll end up disappointed and potentially uninspired to get more completed the next day. Make sure you’re only setting yourself what you can actually do and taking a break after that.
  8. Don’t guilt yourself for procrastinating – Sometimes it’s just one of those days or you need a couple of hours before you can get around to studying. Don’t make yourself feel bad, just make sure you commit to it when you can focus.
  9. Get fresh air – Even a short stroll down the street can make all the difference in refreshing your mind with a new perspective and helping you get back to it after your break.
  10. Enjoy your work space – Set up a designated area to get your assignments done. Try to make it a tidy, pleasant place to be but also have it be a space you can step away from when you’re done if possible.

Despite these great tips from our alumni, sometimes you just can’t get in the zone. If you are taking a break or trying to avoid studying, make it productive procrastination by entering the coursework you’ve already completed to The Undergraduate Awards right here. You never know, maybe that bit of inescapable procrastination will win you an academic award!

Alumni Questionnaire: Finalising UA Submissions

The questionnaire results are in! We surveyed our alumni and we’re going to bring you some of the interesting information we found out over the next few weeks. This week it’s all about our favourite tips from our alums on how to finalise your submissions for the Undergraduate Awards.

  1. Don’t underestimate yourself – Many past Winners and Highly Commended applicants never expected that they’d win a programme like UA. If you’re getting good grades, it’s definitely worth taking a chance.
  2. Give in more than one submission – A couple of our alumni expressed regret for not handing in three submissions when they had the opportunity. Not all of the winning papers are a thesis or final year project so why not increase your chances by sending in multiple papers?
  3. Proofread – A lot of respondents came back on the questionnaire saying they’ve since noticed frustrating errors on their submissions. Make sure you read it a couple of times or get somebody else to read your paper before sending it our way.
  4. Be original and submit something you’re proud of – Not everything has to be your highest graded paper. We appreciate if they’re of a II.1 or upward standard but it’s better if it’s also a paper or project that stands out to you.
  5. Don’t change it too much – Spend a little bit of time going through and editing your paper if you think it can be improved but try not to overthink it. Have confidence in your work and get it submitted.
  6. Ask somebody to read it for you – Whether it’s getting some extra feedback from a professor or asking a friend to read your paper, it’s always good to have a fresh set of eyes.
  7. Dedicate some time to the abstract – The abstract is the first impression anyone will have of your submission. It should be a succinct summary or synopsis to give the judges an idea of the purpose of your paper.
  8. Check the criteria – Have a look at the submission guide and the eligibility criteria. It’s such a shame to have high quality work but not get to the judging stage because of word count or anonymity issues. It only takes a couple of minutes to check these things but it could make all the difference.
  9. Don’t wait until the day of the deadline – It’s an easy process so if you have course work completed, why not get it in now? Anything that can be done quickly and easily during this busy time of the year is a plus.
  10. Just submit, you could be the next winner!

That last one is the tip we heard most in the questionnaire. Participation in UA only benefits you so it’s worth the few minutes it takes to submit. If you’re ready to get a paper in now, you can do that right here or any time before the May 31st deadline.

Submissions and Anonymity

Let’s talk about anonymity. Many undergrads are entering work that they’re proud of to UA as we approach the June 14th deadline and we’re excited to have those submissions coming in. It’s always such a shame when we see great quality work that can’t advance to our judges because of a lack of anonymity. So we’re going to give you some brief guidelines to make sure your work is anonymous.

The Undergraduate Awards prides itself on awarding academic work without bias. That means we have to be a little firm on making sure there’s nothing that could inform our judges who the submission belongs to.

A few tips to ensure your paper is anonymous are to do a simple search for the following:

  • your surname 
  • the name of your university (and any abbreviations)
  • your student number 
  • your course code 
  • your lecturer/supervisor’s name or email

Also, make sure that the file is not named with your own name.

Submitting is as easy as checking these anonymity guidelines are met along with making sure you’re within the word count. Then all you have to do is upload your paper by completing the steps here and we’ll take care of the rest!

Deadline Announced for 2016

Before you read on – register your place in the competition here. If you don’t have a paper to submit, you can come back to the UA Form later, but whatever you do register first.

Did you do it?

Really? (Register here)

Ok great, please read on…

The official Deadline for The Undergraduate Awards 2016 programme has been set for Tuesday 31st of May 2016. You have four months to the day to submit your best coursework to the UA programme. Submit work  you have already done to the programme and make your coursework go further.

Take a look at what last year’s Winners and our Affiliate & Partner Universities had to say about submitting to UA:

WHY Should I submit?

As a winner, you are recognised as one of the most impressive students in your field; you become part of a network of outstanding Winners of The Undergraduate Award from around the world; your winning paper is published in our academic journal, and you receive a ticket to the exclusive UA Global Summit in Dublin. Shortlisted students who are in the top 10% of all submissions are also recognised for their excellence, which can be a significant catalyst when pursuing further studies or your chosen career.

HOW do I apply?

If you would like to submit your work to The Undergraduate Awards you can do so here on the UA Form. If you are not ready to submit your work just yet, you can simply register your details on the UA Form and upload your paper at a later date. Once registered, your place will be saved until May 31st 2016.

WHO is UA for?

UA is open to all  graduates of 2015, 2016 and 2017 – that is all penultimate and final year students, as well as 2015 graduates, of all disciplines.

WHAT do I apply with?

Individual undergraduate coursework which received a II.1 or higher (A-grade).

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New Year, New… UA Office!

2016 has already kicked off with a bang for The Undergraduate Awards. The time has come to finally fly the nest, to leave the warm, comforting, bosom of Google HQ and set up on our own. We have moved into our very own office in Dublin city centre. We have been busy little bees starting up our new laptops, buying office essentials and generally learning how to fend for ourselves.

We are so excited to have our own space. The Undergraduate Awards has seen huge growth since we first started our international programme 2012 and with that our core team has grown to seven with an additional four around the time of the UA Global Summit in November.

Our very resourceful team managed to find a huge, cool space as well as free office furniture and appliances! Most importantly, we are very nearly, ready for our office party*!

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us with our set-up, we would be office-less without you!

Take a look at our brand new space…

*more on this to follow.

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Our fabulous desks!

 

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Opening our new office presents: heaters and smoothie-makers!

 

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We have TWO fancy office kettles!

 

One of our kettles matches our toasters and they're PURPLE!

One of our kettles matches our toasters and they’re PURPLE! (Yes, that’s a smoothie-maker)

 

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Our office bike! (well…David’s bike in the office)

 

 

Our first team meeting while waiting for the wifi to be installed!

Our first team meeting while waiting for the wifi to be installed!

 

Our first team meeting in Brother Hubbard Cafe!

Our first team meeting in Brother Hubbard Cafe!

Irish Scientist wins Nobel Prize for Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet Ceremony in Stockholm

 

An Irish-born scientist has jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine for work against parasitic diseases. Donegal native William Campbell and Japanese Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering a new drug, Avermectin, that has helped the battle against river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, as well as showing effectiveness against other parasitic diseases.

Omura, a microbiologist, isolated new strains of a group of bacteria called Streptomyces, and successfully cultured them in the lab. Campbell’s role was to show that a component from one of Omura’s cultures was active against parasites – this became Avermectin.

Mr Campbell was born in Ramelton, Co Donegal in 1930 and is affiliated to Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA. He qualified from Trinity College Dublin with first class honours in zoology before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, where he completed a doctorate on liver fluke. He regularly returns to Ireland to visit family, and was given an honorary doctorate in science by Trinity in a 2012 conferring ceremony.

After Wisconsin, he moved to Merck research laboratories where he was elevated to the role of director of parasitology. It was there that he became involved in the development of the Avermectin drug which cures river blindness. Mr Campbell was an instrumental influencer behind the pharmaceutical firm’s decision to make the treatment freely available to people from 1987, and around 25 million people continue to be treated under this scheme every year. Campbell lectured on parasitology at New York Medical College for many years, was elected to the US National Academy of Science in 2002 and was awarded the American Society of Parasitology Distinguished Service award in 2008.

Last year, the prize went to British-American researcher John O’Keefe and a Norwegian couple, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser, for discovering the brain’s ”inner GPS” that helps people navigate. This year’s Nobel laureates will share the eight million Swedish kronor (HK$7.4 million).

 

The laureates received their prizes at a formal ceremony in Stockholm’s City Hall on December 10, the anniversary of the 1896 death of prize creator Alfred Nobel, a Swedish philanthropist and scientist. A separate ceremony is held for the peace prize on the same date in Oslo, which Nobel wanted to include in his initiative because Norway and Sweden were joined in a union when he created the prizes. The ceremony took place in front of 1,600 invited guests including the Swedish Royal Family, the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institutet and the Nobel Laureates at Stockholm’s Concert Hall which was decorated for the occasion with 20,000 white, yellow and orange flowers donated. The flowers are donated every year by the Italian city of San Remo. The Swedish scientist and prize creator Alfred Nobel died there on December 10, 1896. The laureates received Nobel diplomas and gold medals from Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf in a ceremony interspersed with classical music and presentations by the prize-awarding institutions.

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Tu Youyou of China won the other half of the award for her work in artemisinin, a drug based on ancient Chinese herbal medicine, the Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said. She is the first Chinese woman national to win a Nobel Prize in science. The Nobel Jury stated that Tu won her award “for discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria”, which had significantly reduced the mortality rates of patients.  Tu received half of this year’s medicine prize of about U$$47.5 million. She received the Nobel medal, Nobel diploma and a document confirming a cash award.

Physics Prize: Takaaki Kajita from Japan and Arthur McDonald from Canada were awarded the physics prize for determining that neutrinos have mass, a key piece of the puzzle in understanding the cosmos.

Chemistry Prize: The chemistry prize was presented to Sweden’s Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the US and Aziz Sancar, a Turkish-American, for work on how cells repair damaged DNA.

Literature Prize: Belarussian writer and dissident Svetlana Alexievich was given the literature prize for her work chronicling the horrors of war and life under the repressive Soviet regime.

Economics Prize: Poverty expert Angus Deaton, a US-British microeconomist, took home the economics prize for groundbreaking work using household surveys to show how consumers, particularly the poor, decide what to buy and how policymakers can help them.

 

The Undergraduate Awards

Dubbed the ‘Junior Nobel Prize’ The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts. If you would like to register to submit your work to this year’s competition you can do so here, we have 25 different categories.

 

 

 

The Undergraduate Awards at EAIE Glasgow 2015

This past week Mr. Owen Murphy and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the European Association of International Educators (EAIE) annual conference, which was hosted in Glasgow this year. EAIE hosts Europe’s largest international education conference. Over 5000 participants from more than 90 countries arrived in Glasgow eager to meet their colleagues, all enthusiastically embedded in the realm of higher-level education. People from the academic world attend this conference annually in order to discuss the internationalisation of education, student mobility and collaborative efforts between universities. With over 5000 people in one spot, Owen started the week as my work colleague, and ended it as my chaperone.

This year’s conference was named “A wealth of nations” in reference the writings of Adam Smith, one of the fathers of economics and notable alum of University of Glasgow. This theme was entirely appropriate with respect to the conference: a melting pot where pioneers of international education come to create and maintain relationships, all the while critically analysing and mapping the next best course. EAIE travels to Liverpool next year, with The Beatles being the theme. With this in mind, I am taking bets on the name:

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.38.23 AMCome together: 3/2

Across the universe: 3/1

Helter Skelter: 10/1

We can work it out: 12/1

Help!: 14/1

Don’t let me down: 14/1

Attendees, for the most part, were there to build on current relationships and partnerships with institutions from all over the world. Others, like UA’s (Charismatic) International Engagement Team, were there as representatives of their respective companies, institutions or initiatives. Thankfully for The Undergraduate Awards, we scrub up pretty well. Teamwork is the foundation of UA and nothing changed in Glasgow: Owen ironed the shirts; I made breakfast. Both highly regarded in our respective disciplines, this exchange set the tone for collaboration and meaningful engagements that are core to any conference.

The meetings we had scheduled with academics and university administrators went incredibly well. Each person we met was very inspired by the mission of The Undergraduate Awards, which is and always has been to celebrate the remarkable work that is produced by bachelor students. One particularly engaging vice provost from the US was very impressed by our current efforts to make the UA a sustainable non-profit initiative. The UA continues to grow in order to actively encourage students from all over the world to take pride in the knowledge boundaries they push as part of their undergraduate degree.

Not all of our interactions were planned, and we left our mark via some chance encounters: approaching people in booths (positive impression), sharing a beer at one of the many wonderful receptions (equally positive impression) or on the dance floor (life changing). Attendees at EAIE 2015 were not afraid to let their hair down after long and fruitful days of networking. The youthful exuberance of the UA team was best highlighted by dance floor domination at the Goldfinger themed ball on the Thursday night. Our preparations for ‘Twist and Shout’ at EAIE2016 are already underway.

All told, attending EAIE 2015 was a wonderful experience. Glasgow surpassed all expectations as a host city and the people were wonderful. Most importantly, each person we met was genuinely excited about the work we do here at The Undergraduate Awards. Those familiar with UA became our ambassadors and our new contacts were keen to spread the word at their home institutions. Having just launched the 2016 programme, we are excited to be adding new University Affiliates to our network that are proud to support a new age of academia.

 

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Winners of The Undergraduate Awards 2015

Assessed by panels of international academics, two Winners were selected per academic category – the Overall Winner who will be published in The Undergraduate Awards Academic Journal and a Programme Winner, chosen from the international programme and from the island of Ireland programme.

Congratulations to this year’s Winners as well as the Highly Commended Entrants, we look forward to meeting you all in Dublin on the November 10th!

Business

  • Overall Winner: Thomas Buisson, City University London
  • Winning Paper: ‘The Prominence of Hedge Fund Activism: The Impact of Agency Cost Reduction and Other Strategies on Target Company Share Price Performance’
  • Programme Winner: Orla Byrne, National College of Ireland
  • Winning Paper: ‘Widening Union Recognition And Collective Bargaining Would Do More To Tackle Low Pay And Poor Work Than Legal Regulation: Discuss With Reference To The Reform Of The JLC System’

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Ying Kai Loh, Nanyang Technological University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Capturing a Dicationic Phosphorus Mononitride Containing a P=N Double Bond’
  • Programme Winner: Daniel Kelly, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Characterisation Of Post-Mortem Electrodes Using Electron Microscopy’

Classical Studies & Archaeology

  • Overall Winner: Li Sou, Durham University
  • Winning Paper: New Light On Colour: A Study Of Polychromy On Neo-Assyrian Reliefs’
  • Programme Winner: Jonathon O’Rourke, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Winning Paper: ‘Self and the Other: The Construction of Barbarian Identity in Antiquity’

Computer Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Aleksejs Sazonovs, University of St. Andrews
  • Winning Paper: ‘A Metapopulation Model for Predicting the Success of Genetic Control Measures for Malaria’
  • Programme Winner: Deirdre Corr, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Winning Paper: ‘Wearable Sleep Apnoea Detection System’

Earth & Environmental Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Katelin Hanson, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: ‘An Evaluation of the Offshore Wind Power Potential Utilizing Windfloat Technology in Coos Bay, Oregon’
  • Programme Winner: Karen O’Neill, University College Cork
  • Winning Paper: ‘Margaritifera Margaritifera in Lake Habitats’

Economics

  • Overall Winner: Rui Shi, Durham University
  • Winning Piece: ‘Income Inequality and Economic Growth – an Investigation’
  • Programme Winner: Rónán O’Connor, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Piece: ‘Unexpected Expectations: An Investigation of the Socioeconomic Factors that influence Parental Academic Expectations for their Child’

Education

  • Overall Winner: Jane Hutchison, Western University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Bringing Neuroscience to the Classroom: A Case for the Value of Mind, Brain and Education’
  • Programme Winner: Sinéad Gaffney, St Angela’s College of Education Sligo
  • Winning Paper: ‘The Home Economics Teacher as Leader within the School Community: A Reflection’

Engineering & Built Environment

  • Overall Winner: Kam Sen Hao, Nanyang Technological University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Design and Fabrication of 3D Printed Car for the Shell Eco Marathon Asia Competition in Battery Electric Urban Concept Category’
  • Programme Winner: Mark Boland, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Winning Paper: ‘An Assessment of Seawall Overtopping at Blackrock Strand’

Gender Studies & Anthropology

  • Overall Winner: Joshua Fenzig, Yale University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Black Performativity, Unabashed Reflexivity, and Reclaiming the Public Sphere: An Evaluation of Emporia State’s Victory at the 2013 U.S. Collegiate National Debate Tournament’
  • Programme Winner: Anna Poloni, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: ‘Is Acceptance of a Biological Basis to Behavioural Differences Between Men and Women Compatible with a Feminist Political Stance?’

History

  • Overall Winner: Edward Davies, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: ‘A Regime of Censorship? The British Foreign Office, The Political Intelligence Department and News of the Final Solution, 1942-1943′
  • Programme Winner: Pamela Holmes, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘A View From the Skies: An Examination of the Development of Civil Aviation in Ireland in the 1930s’

Languages & Linguistics

  • Overall Winner: Ronan O’Brien, Princeton University 
  • Winning Paper: ‘Opportunity Be Knockin’: Race and Invariant Be in Hip-Hop Language’
  • Programme Winner: Niamh McShane, Trinity College Dublin 
  • Winning Paper: ‘Moral Law in the works of Anselm Kiefer’ What Moral Questions Does Anselm Kiefer Raise in His Work and How Does He Explore the Function and Reasoning of Human Morality in Relation to the Holocaust?’

Law

  • Overall Winner: Matilda Gillis, Australian National University
  • Winning Paper: ‘No Peace for Women’
  • Programme Winner: Yewhoan Hong, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘Rewarping the Constitutional orbit: the Bohr Model of Contemporary Socio-Legal World’

Life Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Hana Sedlackova, Masaryk University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Role Of Recq4 Protein In Recombination And Dna Repair – Updated Version’
  • Programme Winner: Dylan Ryan, University College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘A Biochemical Investigation into the Neuropathology of Cystinosis’

Literature 1710-Present

  • Overall Winner: Melissa Alexander, University of Strathclyde
  • Winning Paper: ‘The Phenomenology of Space in Literary Representation: The Experience of Presence and Perception’
  • Programme Winner: Cian O’Connor, University College Cork
  • Winning Paper: ‘Some Aspects of the Grotesque in the Short Fiction of Flannery O’Connor’

Literature Pre-1710

  • Overall Winner: Michelle Harder, Western University
  • Winning Paper: ‘As Lauce Leues of Pe Boke: Cleanness and the Perils of Vernacular Reading’
  • Programme Winner: Aedamar Kirrane, University College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘The Dialectic of Silence in Chaucer’s The House of Fame’

Mathematics & Physics

  • Overall Winner: Eilidh Johnston, University of St. Andrews
  • Winning Paper: ‘DNA Assisted Fabrication of 3D Metamaterials’
  • Programme Winner: Cleo Harvey, Dublin City University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Characterisation of Metal Nanoparticles for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)’

Media & Journalism

  • Overall Winner: Carolina Are, City University London
  • Winning Paper: ‘Journalists’ Twitter Coverage of the Death of Margaret Thatcher’
  • Programme Winner: Guilia Luzi, Dublin City University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Hugo Chávez and the Media’ How was the Media used to Influence Public Opinion on Chávez and his Government?’

Medical Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Conor MacDonald, University of St Andrews
  • Winning Paper: ‘A Computational Validation of MRI as a Surveillance Tool for Vascular Access in End-Stage Renal Disease’
  • Programme Winner: Aisling McHugh, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘The Immunomodulatory Activities of Metformin’

Music, Film, Theatre & Art History

  • Overall Winner: Claire Dillon, Northwestern University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Empty Space and Identity Politics in the Work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Negation, Creative Reinterpretation, and Visual Rhyme’
  • Programme Winner: Matthew Malone, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘A New Dialogue: Angels In America and Reclaiming the American Theatre’

Nursing & Midwifery

  • Overall Winner: Marianne White, University of Dundee
  • Winning Paper: ‘Does the Provision of Evidence Based Information or Decision Aids versus Usual Care for Healthy Pregnant Women with Previous Caesarean Deliveries Increase the Number of Vaginal Births in Subsequent Pregnancies?’
  • Programme Winner: Veronica Mariz Pinto Scalco, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘Patients’ Views of Bedside Handover in Hospital: A Literature Review’

Philosophy & Theology

  • Overall Winner: Weng Kin San, Australian National University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Public Reason, Coercion, and Harm’
  • Programme Winner: Adam Gibbons, University College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘Making Sense of the Sceptic: The Limits of Ordinary Language Responses to Scepticism’

Politics & International Relations

  • Overall Winner: Vincent Förster, University of St Andrews
  • Winning Paper: ‘Of Weight Loss, Stupidity and the Eurovision Song Contest – Humour as a Challenge to Dominant Interpretations of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Violent Past’
  • Programme Winner: Evie Smith, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: ‘Refugee Camps: A Critical Analysis of the Ethics and Power Relations Involved in these Spaces and the Effect of Temporality’

Psychology

  • Overall Winner: Dayton Leow, Nanyang Technological University
  • Winning Paper: ‘Age-Related Changes in Relational Encoding’
  • Programme Winner: Katarzyna Rejkiewicz, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology
  • Winning Paper: ‘The Perceptions of Creativity Among Video Game Players: A Qualitative Approach’

Social Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Ruth Murphy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: ‘Revelations of an Anti-Genesis: the Muselmann, Primo Levi and Viktor Frankl’
  • Programme Winner: Camilla Devereux, University of Sussex
  • Winning Paper: ‘How might the Growth of Hip-Hop Culture Reflect the Experience of Contemporary Urban Life?’

Visual Arts & Design

  • Overall Winner: Megan Falconer, University of Dundee
  • Winning Paper: ‘Unexpected Surfaces’
  • Programme Winner: Rachel Doolin, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Winning Paper: ‘Promethean Illusions’

ALIGNED Exhibition in Limerick School of Art and Design

Yesterday ALIGNED, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) international Art exhibition, launched in Limerick Institute of Technology’s school of Art & Design (LSAD). Over the next eight weeks ALIGNED will exhibit and showcase the work of thirteen undergraduate artists from six different colleges from around the world. The exhibition is already up and running in Singapore and Scotland.

ALIGNED is an exciting, international art exhibition; the first of it’s kind hosted by The Undergraduate Awards.  The artists in this series are all Highly Commended and Winning entrants to The Undergraduate Awards 2014 programme.

The first exhibition in the ALIGNED series was launched in Nanyang Institute of Technology (NTU) Singapore, exhibiting the work of Wilfred Lim and Kho Ruiwei. Wilfred was the programme winner of The Undergraduate Awards 2014 programme for his work New House and Kho was highly commended for her work Constitutional Nightmare, 2014. 

New House showcased in NTU, Singapore

New House showcased in NTU, Singapore

 

Constitutional Nightmare, 2014 showcased in NTU, Singapore

Constitutional Nightmare, 2014 showcased in NTU, Singapore

Each exhibition will take place in the artist’s home institution from now until the end of June 2015. The Exhibition is taking place in four different countries and has already opened in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and the University of Dundee, Scotland.  Other Institutions taking part include Australian National University, Canberra; Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and National College of Art and Design (NCAD) which are both in Ireland. All exhibitions are hosted centrally in the ALIGNED exhibition at undergraduateawards.com.

Lorraine Cleary, Emily Robards and Elizabeth Burgess are all exhibiting their work this week in the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).  The 3 artists completed their undergraduate degree in Limerick and were all Highly Commended for their work in The UA 2014 programme. The exhibition will run until the 20th of May.

Lorraine Cleary, currently studying for a Masters in Interactive Media at the University of Limerick, is exhibiting her work Mise en Scene, “an investigation into the boundaries that exist between spatial entities. Involving an exploration of these entities in their ambiguous states, the in-between, on the threshold of transformation.”

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Webcam Footage Projected showcased in LSAD, Ireland

Emily Robards, an artist living and working in Co. Limerick, is also showcasing her work A Susurrus,… “meaning a whisper or a murmur…links the spiritual, human and animal worlds together with an underlining narrative of innocence and the uncanny.”

 

 

A Sussurrus,.. showcased in LSAD, Ireland

A Sussurrus,.. showcased in LSAD, Ireland

A Sussurrus,.. showcased in LSAD, Ireland

 

Elizabeth Burgess, a junior designer working in Dublin, showcasing her work The Evolution of The News Media “…we receive the news fast, all at once and it’s difficult to distinguish what is truth, fiction or just idol gossip. It asks the question: does social media democratize the news or defile it by supporting news stories with questionable sources?”

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The Evolution of The News Media showcased in LSAD, Ireland

 

Last week ALIGNED launched in the University of Dundee, exhibiting the work of Highly Commended entrant Mandi Halonen.  Her piece Everything About Quarter Life Crisis Survival is a book that “explains everything you need to know to survive the quarter life crisis. The book has three elements: the guide, the map of life, and an emergency pack.” This exhibition will run until the 31st of May. 

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Everything About Quarter Life Crisis Survival showcasing in the University of Dundee

You can see the full exhibition on our website at ALIGNED.

If you would like to take part in next year’s international art exhibition, you can submit your work to The Undergraduate Awards 2015 programme.  You can fill out this form and submit your work by the deadline: June 15th 2015.

For more information on submitting your work, check out the submission criteria or email us with any questions on info@undergraduateawards.com Good Luck!

We vote yes for Marriage Equality!

With only two weeks to go to the Irish Marriage Equality referendum, the team here at The Undergraduate Awards wanted to do something to show our support. We will be voting Yes on May 22nd.  We support Ireland in becoming a more equal society and we believe that everyone in Ireland should have the same rights no matter who you love.

The UA team will help make history by voting Yes in this referendum and improving the lives and mental health of all LGBT people in Ireland.  We want to make Ireland a more equal place for our LGBT friends and loved ones.

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The Undergraduate Awards has signed up to Business for Yes Equality.

Our companies are committed to ensuring equality in the workplace. Ensuring our lesbian and gay employees are not discriminated against in wider Irish society helps us achieve this goal. Civil marriage equality will send a very clear signal to our employees and customers that Ireland is committed to equality and diversity.

All our closest European countries have civil marriage equality. The introduction of civil marriage equality here will help Ireland retain our lesbian and gay employees and their skills.

Ireland has a strong reputation for openness, inclusion and diversity across the world. Civil marriage equality will protect our reputation and enhance our ability to attract diverse international business and talent.
Enabling loving, committed couples to be civilly married, regardless of their sexual orientation will contribute to a stronger economy and a better Ireland.

 

Owen, Grace and Nuala from The UA team have been canvassing and campaigning over the last few weeks, taking to the streets of Dublin City and Co. Mayo to talk to our neighbours, friends, family and fellow towns folk.  Owen will join the Yes Equality bus which is touring Ireland over the next two weeks.  Take a look at the Yes Equality campaign bus departing from Dublin last week, including a quick interview with our lovely photographer, Aifric (Thanks Aifric, we look amazing!) Yes Equality Bus.

Google, one of our corporate sponsors has released a video today on supporting marriage equality.

For more information on the upcoming referendum Check out the following sites:

Spunout.ie

Irishtimes.ie

If on May 22nd we mobilise like we have done in the run up to this referendum and vote for equality for all in the polls, then we will be able to enjoy and celebrate a more inclusive Ireland together. We hope to see you for celebrations on May 23rd!

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