Trinity Students Excel at 2011 Undergraduate Awards of Ireland

Posted on: 01 November 2011

Ten Trinity College Dublin students received the Oscar Wilde Gold Medal from President Mary McAleese at the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle – a record number of winners for any third level institution since the inception of the awards programme.  One of these students, David Molloy, was a winner in the newly launched International Categories.

The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland aim to inspire generations of graduates by supporting and celebrating their ideas, ultimately creating a global community of future innovators, influencers, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders.

This year there were 2,381 submissions to the Undergraduate Awards programme. Trinity had 78 students in the shortlist of 237 and, most notably, ten TCD students were selected as the winner in the 23 categories .

Congratulating the students on their success, the Senior Lecturer, Dr Patrick Geoghegan said: “The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland are a wonderful way of recognising and rewarding the extraordinary work being done in colleges all across the country.  We are delighted that so many Trinity students were honoured in this way, with ten awarded the Oscar Wilde Gold Medal for excellence, including one in the international category.  As President McAleese said when presenting the awards, the successful regeneration of this country will depend on the ingenuity of this next generation of scholars, and we are committed to playing our part in developing the independent and critical thinking skills that are so important.”

Trinity College Dublin Undergraduate Award winners.

The Trinity winners were:

Michael Clear, School of Computer Science and Statistics, won the Computer Science & Information Studies category for his essay entitled Efficient Quantum-Resistant Identity-Based Cryptography.

Gavin Kenny, School of Natural Sciences, won the Agriculture & Environmental Sciences category for his essay entitled A description of the Tapponier-Molnar model for major strike-slip extrusion of SE Asia during the late Cenozoic.

Christoph Walsh, School of Business, won the Business & Economics category for his essay entitled Testing the Expectations Hypothesis for the Euro Interbank Offered Rate

Cillian Murphy, School of English, won the English Language & Literature category for his essay entitled The Relationship between Love and Death in Romeo and Juliet.

Katie Hill, School of Nursing and Midwifery, won the Nursing & Midwifery category for her essay entitled Paediatric Palliative Care in Ireland.

Jeremy Kingsley, School of Social Science and Philosophy, won the Philosophical Studies category for his essay entitled Truthmaking and Future Contingents.

Grace Holmes, School of Natural Sciences, won the Life Sciences category for her essay entitled The Ecology of Developmental Biology

Joan Redmond, studying History and Political Science, won the Historical Studies category for her essay entitled Religious Violence and the 1641 Rebellion: Divided Communities in Seventeenth-Century Cavan.

Laura Sinnott, studying German and History, won the Languages & Linguistics category for her essay entitled The audio-visual juxtaposition of Günter Grass’ Die Blechtromme

David Molloy, studying Economic and Social Studies, was the only winner from the island of Ireland in the newly created International Categories which were launched by the Undergraduate Awards in seven top universities in the USA this year.  David won for his essay entitled Discuss the past, present and possible future effects of social media on society, business & technology in the Social Media Category.

Founded in 2008 by two Trinity graduates, Oisin Hanrahan and Paddy Cosgrave, the Undergraduate Awards programme is open to students in their final or penultimate year on a degree course from every third level institution on the island of Ireland as well as a selection of top universities in the UK, Canada and the USA.