Students from Trinity recognised by ‘Junior Nobel Prize’

Posted on: 21 December 2016

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) gathered 150 of the world’s top undergraduate students in Dublin for the 2016 UA Global Summit in Dublin, including seven students from Trinity College Dublin.

Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

The Undergraduate Awards received a record number of submissions in the 2016 programme, totalling a massive 5,514 papers from undergraduates in 244 institutions and 121 nationalities. In each category, the Global Winner is the highest-performing paper overall and also within each category the Regional Winner is the highest performing Highly Commended paper from their region. Highly Commended Entrants are those who were ranked in the top 10% of submissions in each category.

In total, 58 different universities and 37 different nationalities were represented at the UA Global Summit this year. Ryerson University, Canada; Stanford University, USA; University of Johannesburg, South Africa and the University of Helsinki, Finland were among the institutions represented at the event.

The students received their medals and certificates at the UA Global Summit and were addressed by keynote speaker Dr Mae Jemison, NASA Astronaut.

The winning students from Trinity College Dublin are:

  • Eoin O’Leary – Global Winner – Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies
  • Stephen Cox – Global Winner – Literature: Non-English
  • Naoise Dolan – Global Winner – Literature: English
  • Ben Price – Regional Winner Island of Ireland – Art History, Music, Film & Theatre
  • Rory Patrick Joseph Hennessy – Regional Winner Island of Ireland – Law
  • Conor Mc Glynn – Regional Winner Island of Ireland – Philosophy
  • Francis Ian Aristosa – Highly Commended – Nursing & Midwifery

Speaking about this year’s Winners and Highly Commended Entrants, CEO of The Undergraduate Awards Louise Hodgson said “This is a huge achievement for Trinity College Dublin and its students. UA received the highest number of submissions to date with only the best papers making it through the judging process –  the competition was extremely tough and the Judges were astounded at the high quality of undergraduate research in the programme this year. Congratulations to this year’s successful entrants”.


The UA Global Summit took place the week of November 8th-11th in Dublin across several beautiful venues including Farmleigh House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and City Hall, Dublin.


About The Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards programme, recognising innovation and excellence at undergraduate level. Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, UA identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework and provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.