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Six Trinity Students Receive Prestigious Fulbright Award

Posted on 18 July 2013


Six Trinity College Dublin students were recently awarded prestigious Fulbright awards at a special event sponsored by US Fulbright alumnus, Dr Jack Pinkowski and his wife, Monica Pinkowski. Fulbright scholarships provide Irish and US students, scholars and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in the US and Ireland respectively. The awards are jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange. The successful Trinity recipients have been accepted at leading institutions including Harvard, Columbia, John Hopkins University and MIT.

Ms Síobhra Aiken has just completed a B.A. in European Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Síobhra will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Elms College in Massachusetts.

Mr Brendan Cleary is this year's Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee and he holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. As part of his PhD research at the Dublin Energy Lab in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Brendan will research the potential economic benefits of wind power and large scale energy storage at the Center for Life Cycle Analysis at Columbia University.

Dr Anne Graham Cagney is a Fulbright Scholar from Waterford Institute of Technology who holds a PhD in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. She will lecture and research on how American transformative learning theory and practice can inform professional education development programs in Ireland while at the University of South Florida and the University of Georgia.

Mr Ferenc Jári is a Fulbright Student Awardee who recently completed his LL.B. in Law and French at Trinity College Dublin. He will complete a LL.M. at Harvard University, specialising in International and Comparative Law.

Mr Réamonn Mac Réamoinn is the Fulbright-CRH Student Awardee who holds a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Utilising his experience as a Senior Engineer with Roughan and O'Donovan in the design of roads and bridges both in Ireland and abroad, Réamonn plans to complete a Masters in Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with a special focus on the behavior of long-span bridges under the influence of wind.

Miss Marguerite Nyhan is the Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Student Awardee. As a current PhD candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Marguerite will explore urban sustainability related to environmental pollution and human health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Speaking at the launch of this year's Fulbright Awards, Patrick McDermott, Chair of the Fulbright Commission Board, said: "Year after year, the Fulbright Awards attract Ireland's top researchers, professionals, and graduates. With the breadth and expertise seen in this year's winners, I know that these current and future leaders will gain invaluable experience that they can share upon their return to Ireland."

Speaking about the Gathering event, Colleen Dube, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission said: "In this Gathering year when Ireland is celebrating all things Irish we are especially delighted with the Fulbrighters' role as cultural ambassadors while in the US. We are thrilled to be a part of the ongoing cultural and educational exchange between the two countries."

The next round of applications for Irish Fulbright Awardees will open on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. Interested applicants in all disciplines are encouraged to visit the Fulbright Commission's website,, for more information. All applications for the 2014-2015 academic year will be due on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.


Trinity Fulbright Awardees: Brendan Cleary, Marguerite Nyhan, Ferenc Jari, Siobhra Aiken, Reamonn Mac Reamoinn, Anne Graham Cagney.