Trinity Students Win 2017 International Undergraduate Awards

Posted on: 17 November 2017

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) gathered 150 of the world’s top undergraduate students in Dublin this month for the 2017 UA Global Summit in Dublin, including 57 students from Trinity College Dublin. This year Trinity had three global and seven regional winners. The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.  This year, The Undergraduate Awards has received a record number of 6,432 submissions from 299 institutions in 47 countries. The awards are cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize.”

In 2017, the top five largest categories in The Undergraduate Awards are Literature (724), Psychology (573), Politics & International Relations (441), History (425), and Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies (381). Literature was also the most diverse category with submissions from 92 different institutions from all seven regions.

The winners from Trinity are:

Global Winners

Life Sciences

Jamie Sugrue
“NLRP3 inflammasome activation alters the metabolic profile of macrophages.”

Music, Film & Theatre

Conor Brennan
“All those who no longer are are there”: Between what lasts and what is lost in the passing on of ‘The Last Witnesses’”


Tadgh Healy
“A Place for Forgiveness in Reconciliation“

Regional Winners

Art History & Theory – Bronwyn Berkeley

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences – Aisling Ryan

Earth & Environmental Sciences – David Madden

History – Leon Kohl

Law – Diarmuid Hickey

Politics & International Relations – Patrick Gaynor

Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies – Niamh Donnelly

Photo of award recipients Niamh Donnelly, Jamie Sugrue, Diarmuid Hickey, Aisling Ryan, and Tadh Healy

In addition, 47 Trinity students were given the distinction of highly commended with their work being identified as among the best undergraduate coursework globally.

The UA Global Summit took place from November 7th-9th in Dublin across several beautiful venues including Farmleigh House, the Lighthouse Cinema and City Hall, Dublin.