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Mary Mulvihill Awards 23 May 2019

  • 28 May 2019

Science for the love of it

WITS was delighted to attend the third Mary Mulvihill Awards at Science Gallery Dublin on Thursday 23 May 2019. The event was chaired by Cormac Sheridan of the Mary Mulvihill Association and speakers included Ann Mulrooney Director of Science Gallery Dublin, Margaret Kelleher Chair of the Mary Mulvihill Association and Brian Dolan. Ann O’Dea, founder of Inspirefest and co-founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, presented the award.

This year’s competition invited entries on the theme of ‘Science for the love of it’. Third level students were encouraged to submit work that explored the personal motivations and passions of scientists. There was a great response with a record number of entries.

The winner was Laura Katharine Finnegan a PhD student from Trinity College Dublin with her enchanting entry, a sampler for an illustrated children’s book profiling notable Irish scientists. She was awarded the €2000 top prize.

Emily Sheridan a PhD student at UCD and WITS member received a judges’ special distinction award. Emily's entry is an account of her own journey in science and her parallel journey in learning how to cope with mental health challenges that developed during her teenage years.

Attending the awards were Julie Hogan, WITS Chair, Mary Carroll, WITS Past Chair and other WITS members. Congratulations to the worthy winners and thanks to the Mary Mulvihill Association for the awards. Read more and download the winning entries here.