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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Advice for UPresent with Fiona Malone!

This week we have a special issue of ‘Where Are They Now Wednesday’!

On the 9th of November, UA will be hosting UPresent as part of the 2016 UA Global Summit. At UPresent students present their papers to their peers in under 3 minutes! This can sound daunting but Fiona Malone, UA Winner 2014 in Engineering and Mechanical Studies, is here to help. Fiona was the overall winner at the 2015 National ‘Thesis in 3’ Final so is an expert in how to present research in a succinct and engaging way.  Her tips below are a must-read for anyone planning on participating in UPresent or interesting in improving their presentation skills in general!

What has Fiona been up to since she was at the Summit? 

“Prior to the UA 2014 Global Summit, I moved from Limerick to Galway to study for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. My PhD concerns blood clots and their impact on stroke risks. I’m in my final year now and hope to have everything submitted in 2017 (any candles lit for me would be greatly appreciated!).

Over the course of my PhD, I’ve done a little travelling for conferences around Europe. I’ve also been busy showcasing my research to a wider audience. Being a female engineer in academia, you can sometimes suffer from that infamous “imposter syndrome”. I felt it a lot of it in the first year of my PhD, but UA gave me the reassurance and confidence that academia is the right area for me and has given me the drive to be better. I absolutely love what I do and I hope to be in a position to keep on doing it for as long as I can. I’d love to lecture someday.

I do still chat with a lot of the gang whom I met at the UA Global Summit. Although we come from numerous different walks of life, there is nothing but absolute appreciation and respect for everyone and their work. If anyone in the UA family finds themselves in or around the beautiful west of Ireland, let me know se we can meet for chats and pints!”

How did she find UPresent and what is her advice for this year’s students? 

“One of my favourite parts of the Summit was UPresent. We had to learn how to communicate our research clearly and effectively in a short period of time, to people who knew nothing about our area of expertise. Not an easy task by any means!

As a result of this, I have developed skills that have been put to good use since that November afternoon in 2014. I have travelled to conferences in Ireland, Scotland and Prague discussing my PhD research and in November 2015, I won Thesis in 3. This is a national competition for Irish STEM research students to showcase their research in just 3 minutes using only 3 slides. A few months later, I presented another 3 minute presentation, this time without slides, at ResearchFest, a feature of the InspireFest Fringe festival.

Public speaking and presentations are never easy, but UPresent really did help me with my confidence and my overall presenting technique. I would encourage anyone attending the UA Global summit to get up on that stage and give it a go! Some of the best presentations came from the people who were so nervous that they initially had no intention of speaking, but then changed their minds after seeing how much fun everyone else was having during their presentations. Everyone supported each other and listened respectfully to each other. It was wonderful to listen to everyone speak so passionately about their work and it sparked some very interesting conversation afterwards, which after all, is the main goal of UA!

My advice? Don’t go into extensive detail about your methodologies or experimental set ups. I think it was Einstein who said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Give some background information on your topic overall and mention some of your major findings or results. You want to engage your audience and discuss what you are talking about and why it might concern them (or why it concerns you!). Stand up and be proud of your work, you’ve gotten this far! Enjoy every second”

The Undergraduate Awards 2016 Medal

We are delighted to announce that this year The Undergraduate Awards medal will feature the pioneering Irish mathematician and physicist, Sheila Tinney (neé Power). Described by Erwin Schrödinger as “among the best equipped and most successful of the younger generation of theoretical physicists in this country,” Tinney carved out a remarkable academic career at a time when women were almost totally excluded from the study of Mathematics and Science.


Sheila Power Tinney

In 1935 when Sheila Tinney sat her Leaving Certificate (the final examination in the Irish secondary school system), she was one of only 8 girls to be awarded an Honours in Mathematics, compared to 126 boys. Undeterred, she went on to study Mathematical Science in University College Dublin and graduated first in her class. She received an MA from UCD the following year and was then granted a scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, which she completed in 1941. Eight years later, Tinney was one of the first four women to be elected as members of the Royal Irish Academy, the main society for academic research and excellence in Ireland.

Tinney spent most of her life researching and teaching in UCD, where she worked until her retirement in 1978. However, she did take one leave of absence in 1948 to work at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. There she collaborated with some of the most renowned mathematicians and physicians of the time, including Nobel laureates Erwin Schrödinger and Hideki Yukawa, as well as the famous German physicist Walter Heitler. She also rubbed shoulders with other greats, such as Albert Einstein, who was then a professor at the university. She is reported to have always enjoyed reminiscing to her students about her time in Princeton, casually queueing up for coffee with Einstein.

Sheila Tinney with Paul Dirac and Arthur Eddington

Sheila Tinney with Paul Dirac and Arthur Eddington

Tinney’s work is largely concerned with the field of quantum theory. In Edinburgh she worked under the Nobel laureate Max Born, a German physicist who fled the Nazis in 1933, and is known for his role in the development of quantum mechanics. Tinney was a key contributor to his research on the stability of crystal lattices and was the co-author of two of a series of papers on the subject. She also published a very influential paper on Compton scattering while working in UCD in 1944.

Photograph taken in Dublin in 1942, and showing in the front row (left) theoretical physicist Dr Sheila Power (later Tinney), with Nobel physicist Paul Dirac (3rd from left), who shared the 1933 prize with Schrodinger; Taoiseach Éamon de Valera (centre) and Prof Erwin Schrodinger (second from right).

Photograph taken in Dublin in 1942, and showing in the front row (left) theoretical physicist Dr Sheila Tinney with Nobel physicist Paul Dirac (3rd from left), Taoiseach Éamon de Valera (centre) and Prof Erwin Schrodinger (second from right).

For her entire career, Tinney struggled to overcome the limits that were placed on her because of her gender. She was often over-looked for promotions, which were instead awarded to her less qualified male colleagues. She gained a reputation for supporting young female academics who found themselves dealing with similar difficulties. Her sympathetic but practical advice to one such woman was to “Keep that big smile on your face, put your head down and write another book.”

Sheila Tinney was a trail-blazing and brilliant academic, who achieved astounding success through self-belief and determination. She is the perfect candidate to feature on the Undergraduate Awards medal, which will be presented to all 25 Global Winner at a ceremony in Dublin this November.

Performance of UA Regions in the 2017 programme

There are currently seven UA Regions: Africa & Middle East, Asia, Europe, Island of Ireland, Latin America, Oceania, US & Canada. A Regional Winner is the highest-performing Highly Commended Entrant from a UA region in their category.


Africa & Middle East

Architecture & Design – Marwah Osama | American University of Sharjah

Art History & Theory – Katharine Gordon American University of Beirut

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Opeyemi AJimati | Obafemi Awolowo University

Economics – Saif Alhammadi | American University of Sharjah

Engineering – Georges Khalil | American University of Beirut

History – Farheen Hasan | American University of Sharjah

Languages & Linguistics – Itamar Shatz | Tel Aviv University

Life SciencesSandra Das | Qatar University

Literature – Avishai Green | Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Philosophy –
Asor Watzman | Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Politics & International Relations – Naila Tariq | American University of Sharjah

Visual Arts – Nada AlMulla | American University of Sharjah


Architecture & Design – Tin Yui Pang | University of Hong Kong

Art History & Theory – Yi Kwan Chan | University of Hong Kong

Business – Eileen Chen Yee Ling | Nanyang Technological University

Education – Wing Wu | Chinese University of Hong Kong

History – Jia Yi Rebekah Lim | Nanyang Technological University

Languages & Linguistics – Fu Cheung Chow | University of Hong Kong

Law – Chun King Leo | Chinese University of Hong Kong

Life SciencesSoon Keong Wee | Nanyang Technological University

Literature – Arin Fong Nanyang Technological University

Music, Film & Theatre – Faezah Zulkifli | Nanyang Technological University

Philosophy –
Shalom Shaleni Chalson | Nanyang Technological University

Politics & International Relations – Kwan Ho Samuel Liu | University of Hong Kong

Psychology – Scarlet Leong Xin Min | Nanyang Technological University

Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy – Cui Min Lim | Nanyang Technological University

Visual Arts – Kamarulzaman Bin Mohamed Sapiee |Nanyang Technological University


Art History & Theory – Eleanor McCullough University of Edinburgh

Business – Maxmilian Tichy | University of Strathclyde

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences – Connor Thomson | University of St Andrews

Classical Studies and Archaeology – Scott Gordon | University of Birmingham

Computer Science – Samuel Martin | Cardiff University

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Elizabeth Jewitt | University of Sheffield

EngineeringZiqing Liew | University of Cambridge

History – Nishant Raj University of St Andrews

Languages & Linguistics – Kia Marie Hunt | University of Birmingham

Law – Shannon Russell | University of Edinburgh

Life SciencesUtkarsh OjhaImperial College London

Literature – Heather Smith | University of East Anglia

Mathematics & Physics – Elzbieta Gradauskaite | University of St Andrews

Medical Sciences – Paulina Werner | Karolinska Institute

Music, Film & Theatre – Emma Kavanagh University of Cambridge

Nursing , Midwifery & Allied Healthcare – Charlotte Gatherer | The Open University

Philosophy – Noah Kidron-Style | University of Edinburgh

Politics & International Relations – Jack Hunnaball University of Sheffield

Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy – Ewin Jackson | University of Sussex

Visual Arts – Antonios Kotsonias | University of Sussex

Island of Ireland

Architecture & Design – Jade Yeates | National College of Art and Design

Art History & Theory – Bronwyn Berkeley | Trinity College, University of Dublin

Business – Daragh Griffin | Dublin Institute of Technology

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences – Aisling Ryan | Trinity College, University of Dublin

Computer Science – Seán Jennings | Dublin Institute of Technology

Earth & Environmental Sciences – David Madden Trinity College, University of Dublin

Education – Lucy Coburn | Stranmillis University College

EngineeringMichael Shaughnessy | Dublin Institute of Technology

History – Leon Kohl | Trinity College, University of Dublin

Languages & Linguistics – Aoife Ní Chroidheain | University College Dublin

Law – Diarmuid Hickey | Trinity College, University of Dublin

Literature – Jasmine McCrory Queen’s University Belfast

Mathematics & Physics – Joey O’Brien | University of Limerick

Medical Sciences – Ryan SterrittQueen’s University Belfast

Nursing , Midwifery & Allied Healthcare – Lisa Butler | St Angela’s College, Sligo

Politics & International Relations – Patrick Gaynor Trinity College, University of Dublin

Psychology – Eimear Bane | National University of Ireland, Galway

Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies – Niamh Donnelly | Trinity College, University of Dublin


Architecture & Design – Mohan Ni | University of New South Wales

Computer Science – William Gale | The University of Adelaide

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Claire Brace | Monash University

Economics – Thu Hoang | The University of Queensland

Education – Aime Sacrez | La Trobe University

EngineeringSamuel Kuys |The University of Adelaide

History – Nellie-Mae Godwin-Welch Monash University

Life Sciences – Andre Mong Jie Ng | The University of Queensland

Literature – Calvin Fung Monash University

Medical Sciences – Preksha Ashok The University of Adelaide

Music, Film & Theatre – Sian Mann | Monash University

Nursing , Midwifery & Allied Healthcare – Vivienne Chong | The University of Adelaide

Politics & International Relations – Rose Iles Fealy Australian National University

Psychology – Tassia Oswald | The University of Adelaide

Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies – Elmie Janse van Rensburg | Australian National University

Social Sciences: Sociology & Social PolicyKotryna Celikaite | Monash University

Visual Arts – Tessa Ma’auga | Massey University

US & Canada

Architecture & Design – Yuna Kim | University of California, Los Angeles

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences – Theodora Bruun | University of Toronto

Classical Studies and Archaeology – Sierra Roark | University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Economics – Christopher Cummings | University of British Columbia

Education – Isaac Kim | Brown University

EngineeringJake Song | Northwestern University

Law – Emily Csiszar | Western University

Life Sciences – Natasha Tang | University of Toronto

Mathematics & Physics – Adam Bowman | Princetown University

Medical Sciences – Camilla Giovino University of Toronto

Music, Film & Theatre – Canny Lam | University of California, Berkeley

Philosophy – Grace Field | University of Toronto

Psychology – Hunster Yang | Western University

Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies – Emily Schwartz Brown University

Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy – Melanie Matthews | Western University

Visual ArtsDevon Guinn | Harvard University


Mae Jemison Announced as Keynote Speaker for Global Summit 2016

We are honoured to announce Mae Jemison, physician, professor and NASA astronaut, as the keynote speaker for The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2016.

Mae Jemison in July 1992

Mae Jemison in July 1992

As the first African-American woman in space, Jemison is credited with paving the way for women and people of colour in science and space exploration during the 1980s and beyond. Moreover, her pioneering innovation in diverse disciplines and professions has made her a crucial voice for the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to research and activism.

Despite the barriers African-American women faced at the time, Jamison never doubted her ability to realise her dream of space travel:

“As a little girl growing up on the south-side of Chicago in the ‘60s I always knew I was going to be in space”

In pursuit of this childhood aspiration, she entered Stanford University in 1973 at the age of only 16 and graduated 4 years later with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, while also having fulfilled the requirements for a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies. She then shifted the focus of her study to Medicine and obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 from Cornell Medical School.

Jemison has always been hugely committed to providing medical services to those most in need and during her time at Cornell travelled to Cuba, Kenya and Thailand. From 1983 to 1985 she worked with the Peace Corps and was responsible for the healthcare of Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In 1987 her dream of becoming an astronaut become a reality when she was accepted on to NASA’s astronaut training programme, as one of only 15 successful candidates from over 2,000 applicants.

Mae Jemison talking to UA students at the Global Summit 2013

Mae Jemison chatting to UA students at the Global Summit 2013

She flew her only space mission from September 12-20 1992, where she conducted research experiments on bone cells, weightlessness and motion sickness. She also had the opportunity to look down on her home from thousands of miles above:

“The first thing I saw from space was Chicago, my hometown. I was working on the middeck where there aren’t many windows, and as we passed over Chicago, the commander called me up to the flight deck. It was such a significant moment because since I was a little girl I had always assumed I would go into space.” 

Jemison has never limited herself to the fields of science and medicine but rather is enthusiastic about a huge variety of subjects including education, dance, art and activism. In Stanford she served as the President of the Black Students Union and has used her platform to speak out about social issues in the US, healthcare in the developing world, as well as to promote a message of “reconciling and re-integrating science and the arts.”

Jemison was previously a speaker at The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2013 and we are extremely excited for a new generation of UA students to be inspired and moved by her passion and intelligence, because, as she put it herself: “Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just have a dream, he got things done.”

Watch Mae Jemison at the Global Summit 2013:

Global Winners 2016

Congratulations to this year’s Global Winners in the 25 categories of The Undergraduate Awards 2016 programme. We look forward to presenting you with your gold medals at the UA Global Summit in Dublin.


Art History, Music, Film & Theatre

From “Delightful” to “Barbarous”: The Decline in Canonic Writing and the Rise of Functional Harmony

Ming Wai Tai | University of Hong Kong


Built Environment

Stadtbildung-Bildungsstadt. The Transformation of Munich under Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786-1868)

Philipp Heckmann-Umhau | University of Cambridge



Momentum Strategies: Returns From Trend-Following, Data-snooping, and Market Efficiency

John Zhou | University of British Columbia


Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Exploring Organoboron Catalysis in the N-formylation of Amines and Development of a One-pot Pathway to Access Isonitriles

David Evans | University of Southampton


Classical Studies & Archaeology

Modern Appropriation of Past Material Culture: Fostering ‘Soft’ Nationalisms in Mediterranean Europe Through Meaning, Memory, and Identity

Alicia Núñez García | University of Edinburgh


Computer Science

Identifying Mood by Analysing Keystroke Dynamics

Tomas Higgins | Dublin Institute of Technology


Earth & Environmental Sciences

To Assess the Impact of the Bellawaddy River on the Microbiological Quality of the Bathing Waters of Enniscrone Beach, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Wayne Egan | Institute of Technology Sligo



Modeling the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Labor Market Supply in the United States

Danielle Dobos | Stanford University



Comparing Cyberbullying Perpetration on Social Media between Primary and Secondary School Students

Angelica Ng | Nanyang Technological University



Development of Shape Memory Zirconia Particles and Powder Compacts

Sheng Rong Fang | Nanyang Technological University



The Diffusion of ‘Porcelaine des Indes’ in Eighteenth-Century France: from Lorient to Paris and beyond, 1720-1775

Emilia Antiglio | University of Warwick


Languages & Linguistics

Does developmental social pragmatic intervention for children with autism influence parent language use?

Mary Wang | Western University



The Enforcement Regime of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) under Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act: Reform Required

Jacqueline Williams | Australian National University


Life Sciences

Are Amyloid-Beta Mediated Degenerative Changes Dependent Upon Tau In A Novel Mouse Model Of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Sadaf Sohrabi | University of Edinburgh


Literature: English

“Too Many for the Jury”: Pip’s Multitudinous Narration

Naoise Dolan | Trinity College Dublin


Literature: Non-English

Jorge Luis Borges and Translation: A Comparative Study of Translated Borges Stories in English

Stephen Cox | Trinity College Dublin


Mathematics & Physics

The Role of Anisotropy in Nonlinear Elastic Models of Skin

Jamie Hargreaves | University of Manchester


Medical Sciences

Developing an Ultrasound Phantom Using 3D Printing for Practicing Minimally Invasive Intracardiac Procedures

Maniragav Manimaran | University College London


Nursing & Midwifery

Does the Utilisation and Knowledge of Fetal Movement Counting Interventions and ‘Kick Charts’ Enhance Maternal Awareness of Fetal Movement Patterns and Reduce Stillbirths in Pregnancies ≥28 Weeks’ Gestation?

Shauna Callaghan | University College Dublin



On the Interrelation between Phenomenology and Externalism

Ilpo Hirvonen | University of Helsinki


Politics & International Relations

Perverting the Panopticon: Feminism, Peace, and the prospect of a ‘new Totalitarianism’

Natalia Beghin | University of Manchester



Effects of Sleep on Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease

Tan Jun Liang Jonathan | Nanyang Technological University


Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies

Political Action from Spaces of Bare Life: Situating the Figure of the Refugee/Asylum Seeker in Power Analysis

Eoin O’Leary | Trinity College Dublin


Social Sciences: Social Policy

Critically Assess How Far ‘Lad Culture’ Can Be Perceived as an Example of a Moral Panic About Youthful Sexuality and Behaviour

Caroline Breeden | University of Leeds


Visual Arts & Design


Mohammed Sami Al Amili | Ulster University

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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*


  • 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.


Our fabulous desks!



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


We have TWO office kettles!

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)



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!

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