Three St Andrews students have been named as winners and a further 26 highly commended in the 2012 Undergraduate Awards (UA) – an international academic awards programme that identifies top students across the globe through their innovative undergraduate research.
Claiming the victory for St Andrews were Danielle Boobyer who was awarded in the Life Science category for her essay entitled
“Speciation: a role for gene expression changes?”, Tiffany Harte for her winning essay “A conjugate gradient minimisation approach to calculating holographic traps for ultracold atoms” which secured a win in the Mathematical & Physical Sciences category, and Rachael Seculer-Faber who won an award in the Ancient & Classical Studies category for her essay “What truths about India can be discerned by comparing 2nd-5th century Greek and Chinese depictions of India as a land of mystery and wisdom?”
Panels of international academics assessed the 2890 coursework entries that were received from students attending third level institutions across Ireland, the USA, UK and Canada, and selected two winners – an Irish winner and an international winner – per academic category.
The three St Andrews winners will be invited to the UA Summit (Nov 7th – 10th ) – “a Davos for students” – where they will receive their award from patron of the awards programme, Irish President Michael D. Higgins at the UA Ceremony to be held at Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Nov 9th).
“The UA Summit will serve as a three-day pop-up incubation centre for some of the world’s most exceptional young minds,” said Louise Hodgson, UA Programme Director. “From hands-on workshops and talks with inspiring young achievers, entrepreneurs and academics to networking events with top graduate recruiters, the UA Summit is going to be one of the most exciting student-focused events in Europe.”
The three-day Summit will also include the Forum on Higher Education that will bring together pioneers in the field of education to discuss disruptive education. Speakers include CEO of the Wolfram Group and world famous TEDster, Conrad Wolfram.