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Winners 2014

Assessed by panels of international academics, two winners were selected per academic category – an international winner and a winner from the island of Ireland.  The overall winner will be published in The Undergraduate Awards Academic Journal.

If you see your name on the list below, please expect a call from us at some stage today. Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you all in Dublin on the November 19th!


  • Overall Winner: Andrew Jobling, Durham University
  • Winning Paper: BP in Russia: Analysis of the TNK-BP Failure
  • Island of Ireland Winner –  Tadhg Giles, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Capital Flight & the Case of Panama

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Helen Farrants, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: Developing a Mitochondria-Targeting Azide-Based 1,8-Naphthalimide Probe for Hydrogen Sulfide Sensing
  • Island of Ireland Winner – David Jones, University College Cork
  • Winning Paper:  Preliminary Investigation into the Optimization of Sample Systems for the Study of the Vinyl Substitution Reactions of 3(2H)-Furanones

Classical Studies & Archaeology

  • Overall Winner: Joe Thompson, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: Discuss the Evidence (both direct and inferred) for Clothing in the British Palaeolithic
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Louisa Brophy Browne, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Winning Paper: Discuss and Evaluate the Main Points of the Debate on the Ethics of Archaeological Work in War Zones and Occupied Territories Using Case Studies.

Computer Sciences & Information Technology

  • Overall Winner: Jack Fitzsimons, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Identifying Abandoned, Moved and Removed Objects in Automated Surveillance Systems
  • International Winner – Himel Dev, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • Winning Paper: User Interaction Based Community Detection in Online Social Networks

Cultural Studies

  • Overall Winner: Carly Welham, University of British Columbia
  • Winning Paper: Selfies’ vs ‘Sealfies’: Inuit Subsistence Hunting, Food Insecurity, and Animal Rights
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Ruth Daly, Maynooth University
  • Winning Paper: Why Restorative Justice is Best Practice: The Simultaneous Pursuit of Justice and Peace in Post-Genocide Rwanda


  • Overall Winner: Sinead Mc Loughlin, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Winning Piece: Enclosure and Difference. How to Create an Architecture that is under Common Skies and before Divided Horizons
  • International Winner – Andy Lim, Nanyang Technological University
  • Winning Piece: The Mnemonics Kit

Earth & Environmental Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Victoria Ponce Hardy, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: Investigating Environmental Justice in Glasgow: 1899-2003. A GIS and Statistical Analysis of Air Quality and Social Deprivation in Glasgow
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Susannah Finn, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Meta-Analysis of Grain Yield and N Dynamics of Legumes in Cereal Systems


  • Overall Winner: Pierce Healy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: An Investigation into the Momentum Anomaly in the Market for Bitcoin
  • International Winner – Justin Katiraei, Harvard University
  • Winning Paper: The Suitability of Headline Unemployment (U3) in Federal Reserve Policy


  • Overall Winner: Sarah Martin, McGill University
  • Winning Paper: What is Giftedness?
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Megan Turner, St Mary’s University College
  • Winning Paper: “Mind and Memory, Understanding and Delight” Views of Literature and Memory in Education

Engineering & Mechanical Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Kim Siang Ong, Nanyang Technological University
  • Winning Paper: Aerodynamic Data Generation and Design Support for Solar UAV – Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Fiona Malone, University of Limerick
  • Winning Paper: The Automated Decellularisation of Ovine and Porcine Biological Tissues: A Prelimenary Investigation

Historical Studies

  • Overall Winner: Daniel McKay, Australian National University
  • Winning Paper: Dust and Bluster: An Historical Evaluation of the Political Discourse on Drought in Australia
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Ciarán Quinn,  University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: How did the Irish Free State’s Efforts to Regulate Sexuality (And its Motivations for Doing So) Compare with Trends Elsewhere in Interwar Europe?

International Relations & Politics

  • Overall Winner: Anneloes Hoff, Utrecht University
  • Winning Paper: Interest Representation in the IMCO Committee’s Amendments: The Influence of MEPs’ Political Ideology and Role in the Legislative Process
  • Island of Ireland Winner – James Pow, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: Still Rising: The Career Politician in the British House of Commons, the Cabinet and the Shadow Cabinet

Irish Language

  • Overall Winner: John Woods, University College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: “Ba Mar Chaomhnóir Oidhreachta agus Oide Teagaisc a d’Fheidmigh Antoine Raiftearaí”. Léirmheas a Scríobh ar Fhilíocht Raiftearaí agus an Tuairim sin mar Bhunús na Haiste

Languages & Linguistics

  • Overall Winner: Sandra Lukic, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: A Slovene to Serbians, a Serb to Slovenes. First Language Attrition: Differences Between the First and the Second Generation of Serbian-Slovene Bilinguals
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Tracy O’Connor, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper:  To What Extent can the Poetry of Borja da Costa be Seen as Promoting the Idea of a Common National Identity?


  • Overall Winner: Elena Butti, Utrecht University
  • Winning Paper: Children’s Rites: Examining the Role of Local Justice in the Ugandan Transitional Justice Process through a Child Rights Approach
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Kyrsten Baker, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Sexual Offender Notification Schemes: A Product of ‘New Penology’ and Populist Punitiveness and Inadequate to Tackle the Issue of Sexual Offending

Life Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Siddharth Krishnan, University of Manchester
  • Winning Paper: Investigating the Role of LRRTM3 in Alzheimer’s Disease: The Characterisation of an LRRTM3 Knock-Out Mouse Model
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Maran Lowry, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: Assessing the Escapement Success of Migrating European Silver Eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) from Lough Neagh Using Acoustic Telemetry to Corroborate a Traditional Mark/Recapture Method


  • Overall Winner: Colin Groundwater, Yale University
  • Winning Paper: Rhizomatic Mathematics: David Foster Wallace and the Literary Infinite
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Ellen Howley, University College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Seamus Heaney’s Plateaus: Transitions between Air, Ground and Underground, and the Relationship between the Local and the Imaginative

Mathematics & Physics

  • Overall Winner: Flurin Eisner, University of Bristol
  • Winning Paper: Electron Deep Trap States in Oriented TiO2 Nanotubes Arrays
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Aaron Reid, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: Solar Vortices

Media & The Arts

  • Overall Winner: Dominic O’Key, University of Leeds
  • Winning Paper: Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse: The (In)Visible Animal
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Stephen Quinn, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Performing Beyond Postmodernity: Taylor Mac and the Queer Metamodern

Medical Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Milani Sivapragasam, Western University
  • Winning Paper: Exploring Myxoma Virus Oncolytic Virotherapy in Combination with Carboplatin for the Treatment of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
  • International Winner – Grace McKenna, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Winning Paper: Identification of Tumour Suppressor Genes whose Loss Mediates Sensitivity to Conventional Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapeutics

Nursing & Midwifery

  • Overall Winner: Dawn Smyth, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Winning Paper: Abortion: Exploring the Ethical, Legal and Political Challenges
  • International Winner – Shion Gosrani, University of Edinburgh
  • Winning Paper: A Brief Exploration of the Socialisation of Gender and Emotional Intelligence to Gain an Understanding of Why Nursing Remains a Predominantly Sex Segregated Profession

Philosophical & Theological Studies

  • Overall Winner: Sam Mc Grath, University of Chicago
  • Winning Paper: The Zen of Ludwig Wittgenstein: An Elucidation of the Elusive ‘Ethical Point’ of the Tractatus
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Tadhg O’Laoighaire, University College Cork
  • Winning Paper: Thinking Makes it So; A Defence of Narrative Reflection as the Appropriate Measure of Worthwhile Life


  • Overall Winner: Hause Lin, University of Sussex
  • Winning Paper: Ego Depletion and Self-Control Failures: Resource Depletion or Changes in Motivation?
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Diego Garaialde, Dublin City University
  • Winning Paper: Measuring the Effects of Gaming Principles on the Productivity and Motivation of College Students

Social Sciences

  • Overall Winner: Joshua Oware, University of Oxford
  • Winning Paper: The Presence of Siberia: Power, Pain and Therapy in Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Ivan Denisovich’ and Shalamov’s ‘Kolyma Tales’
  • Island of Ireland Winner – Liath Gleeson, Trinity College Dublin
  • Winning Paper: Explain and Discuss the Significance of Paid Work in Society Today

Visual Arts

  • Overall Winner: Katie Watchorn, National College of Art and Design
  • Winning Paper: A Softness Preserved You
  • International Winner – Wilfred Lim, Nanyang Technological University
  • Winning Paper: New House
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