Founded in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) is a research university in Dublin, Ireland. It has over 1,482 faculty and 32,000 students, and it is Ireland's largest university.
UCD has had a long and brilliant relationship with The Undergraduate Awards.
In our first launch in 2012, UCD student Karen Gibney won the Earth and Environmental Sciences category with her paper "An investigation into progeny performance results in dual hemisphere stallions".
The aim of her study was to test the hypothesis that environment influences progeny performance results in shuttle stallions. Overall horses in Great Britain and Ireland had a higher number of starts, wins and places than Australian progeny. They also ran in longer distance races than Australian progeny. When looked at per stallion, progeny sired by certain sires had a higher proportion of wins in Great Britain and Ireland. This study has shown that progeny performance results are influenced by the environment.
In 2016, UCD student Shauna Callaghan won the Nursing & Midwifery category with her paper, "Does the utilisation and knowledge of fetal movement counting interventions and ‘kick charts’ enhance maternal awareness of fetal movement patterns and reduce stillbirths in pregnancies ≥28 weeks’ gestation?".
Her paper aimed to conduct an in-depth evidence-based practice literature review into the correlation between ‘kick-chart’ utilisation and a reduction in stillbirth rates through an analytical appraisal of relevant literature identified through a systematic search strategy.
If you would like to follow in the footsteps of these wonderful academics, submit up to three papers to The Undergraduate Awards!