Inaugural Edition of Trinity Student Scientific Review Launched

Posted on: 12 March 2015

The inaugural edition of the Trinity Student Scientific Review (TSSR) has hit the shelves. The first annual edition of the science review journal, which is written and run by undergraduates at Trinity College Dublin, has been unveiled at a celebratory launch event this week.

Inspired by the similarly minded Student Economics Review journal, the TSSR allows students to gain precious first-hand experience of the publishing process before completing their science degrees.

Five students – out of the 20 whose articles were published – were awarded for their contributions. The five award winners were chosen for top contributions within the streams of biology, chemistry and physics, with the best freshman and best overall article also receiving gongs.

The TSSR team and guest speakers at the launch. Front row L-R: Elaine Kelly, Dylan Scully, Dr Andrew Jackson, Professor Linda Hogan Vice Provost of Trinity, Georgia O’sullivan, Johnny Dean, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. Back row L-R: Paddy Cosgrave, Luke McGuinness, Dan McDermott, David Corish.

Oskar Ronan won the award for the best overall article (A Quantum Model of Olfactory Reception), while Kate Reidy was successful with the best freshman article (The Uses and Limitations of Absorption Spectroscopy in the Development of Non Invasive Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems). Matthew Dorman, Shelley Stafford and Andrew Selkirk won awards for the best biology, chemistry and physics articles respectively.

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and Professor of Chemical Biology at Trinity, Clive Williams, has been instrumental in supporting the TSSR.

He said: “It is my pleasure to support the Trinity Student Scientific Review (TSSR), which is a challenging and innovative initiative of our science undergraduate students. Trinity is committed to the enhancement of the learning experience of each of its students and the TSSR provides a platform in the Faculty for our students to develop the critical academic and literary skills of modern day scientists.”

He added: “The production of TSSR demonstrates a combination of enthusiasm, inspiration and organisation that Trinity College actively encourages among its student body. Science progresses through publication, and TSSR has the potential to stimulate students to pursue further research that ignites their curiosity.”

L-R: Georgia O’sullivan (General Manager), Paddy Cosgrave (Co Founder of the Undergraduate Awards), Dr Andrew Jackson (Chief Academic Advisor to the TSSR), Professor Linda Hogan Vice Provost, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain (Science Communicator and academic in UCD School of Mathematical Sciences), Johnny Deane (General Manager).

Professor Williams was joined at the launch by special guest speakers Aoibhinn ní Shuilleabháin, a member of the School of Mathematical Sciences in University College Dublin, and a passionate science communicator, and Paddy Cosgrave, Founder of the Dublin Web Summits and the acclaimed Undergraduate Awards.

Aoibhinn ní Shuilleabháin said: “I commend the students for their initiative in launching this publication. For me it's incredibly important that science graduates communicate scientific research both between disciplines and to the general public, and I think this publication provides students with a wonderful resource to develop and refine rich communication skills.”

Five prize-winning authors of the Inaugural Trinity Student Scientific Review. L-R: Matthew Dorman (Best Biology), Shelley Stafford (Best Chemistry), Oskar Ronan (Best Overall), Kate Reidy (Best Freshman), Andrew Selkirk (Best Physics).

Academic Advisor for the TSSR, and Assistant Professor in Zoology at Trinity, Dr Andrew Jackson, said: “When the students came to me with the proposal for TSSR, their ingenuity, ambition and drive was such an inspiration that there was no stopping them, and this made the decision to get involved very easy. These are qualities of great innovators and entrepreneurs and are exactly the sort of skills we want to foster in our students in Trinity. Through TSSR, many students will get the chance to link their subject interests with a research-led programme of article submission, peer-review and publication.”

The academic advisors at the TSSR are responsible for providing guiding comments, but the student publication is run by a small team of undergraduate General Managers, including Jonathan Deane, who played a key role in founding the TSSR.

He said: “I am privileged to have worked with such an outstanding team to bring this publication to fruition. We look forward to working closely with our science departments to ensure the continued success of the TSSR for years to come.”