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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Diarmuid Bolger

Diarmuid Bolger from the University College Dublin (UCD) was a 2014 Highly Commended Entrant in the History category with his paper titled 'Barbarians at the gate?' How have revisionist schools of history challenged national myths?

When heard that he was named as one of the Highly Commended Entrants, Diarmuid was just about to graduate from his undergraduate degree and move into a Masters in Irish History in UCD, during which he was "incredibly lucky" to get to engage with his favourite area of Irish history - the history of sport in Ireland. This culminated in a thesis entitled 'The Grumpy Archbishop': John Charles McQuaid and the Yugoslavia Football Controversy.

Hello From UA: The 2018 Programme is now open, and more dates for your diary!

As the Judging Process for the 2017 Programme is drawing to a close, we are excited to announce the launch of The Undergraduate Awards 2018 Programme!

The 2018 Programme is open to submissions from the class of 2017, 2018 and 2019. If you registered last year and did not submit, or already submitted last year but is still eligible, here is your chance to submit again! Each student can submit a maximum of three papers, and with 25 categories to choose from, you are spoiled for choices.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Lorraine Cleary

Lorraine Cleary was a 2014 Highly Commended Entrant in both the Visual Arts and the Media & the Arts category.

Her Visual Arts project, Mise en Scene, was part of our first art exhibition ALIGNED, which took place in 2015. You can check out her amazing work here.

"A memorable and rewarding experience": Professor Owen Priest Reflects on the UA Global Summit 2016

Professor Owen Priest writes about his experience at the UA Global Summit 2016.

Professor Owen Priest is a Professor of Instruction in the chemistry department's Organic Chemistry Division at Northwestern University. He has been a judge with The Undergraduate Awards since 2014, and this is the second year he has served as the Chair of the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category. Below, Professor Priest gives his account of attending the UA Global Summit in Dublin last November.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: David Mak

David Mak was a Highly Commended Entrant in the Life Science category in 2015 with his paper titled "Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and adolescent stress on the immune response to challenge: Profiling cytokine expression patterns in multiple tissues".

Currently, David is in his second year of medical school at the University of British Columbia, where he is involved in clinical research in the fields of stroke neurology and radiology, and in basic science research in the fields of developmental neuroscience, immunology, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Casimir Legrand

Casimir Legrand is a 2016 Highly Commended Entrant in the Politics & International Relations category. Since then, he has been occupied with different exciting projects and opportunities.

Casimir Legrand, middle, at a function during his time at St Andrews

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Broy Lim & "and now they know"

Broy Lim from Nanyang Technological University is a 2016 Highly Commended Entrant in the Visual Arts category with his project and now they know.

Lim was recently chosen as one of eight Asian artists to be awarded the inaugural Steidl Book Award Asia, where winners get to publish with the renown photo book publisher. The project, and now they know, is an intimate exploration of Lim's realisation of his homosexuality in his hometown of Singapore, where it still remains illegal. Combining personal texts and photos, it "narrates Lim's sexual identity and his nine-year relationship with his partner, while also representing the broader struggle of many youths who navigate their sense of self in conservative heteronormative societies".

Where Are They Now: Giulia Luzi

Giulia Luzi with the piece "Hugo Chávez and the media' How was the media used to influence public opinion on Chávez and his government?" won the Media & Journalism category in 2015. Now she continues to advance within the organisation Search for Common Ground.

As a student at Dublin City University, Giulia Luzi was interested in different cultures and the interactions between them. After graduation Giulia began an internship for the European Affairs and Partnership Team of Search for Common Ground. This NGO works with 36 countries around the world on peace building and conflict transformation. After her internship, she remained in the same organisation and has since held two different positions.

Hello From UA: Dates for your calendar!

We have been relatively quiet on the social media front, but things are rarely quiet behind-the-scene.

As we approach mid-July, papers have now moved on to stage 2 of 4 of the 2017 Judging Process with our Judging Panels hard at work assessing this year's top undergraduate projects and papers.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Marianne White

Marianne White from The University of Dundee was the Overall Winner of 2015 in the Nursing & Midwifery category.

Marianne White took interest in the human condition during travels around Africa, India, Australia and the Pacific and after seeing the way politics, poor infrastructure and health care had effected these regions. She received her title of Overall Winner in 2015 in the Nursing & Midwifery category with her paper "Does the provision of evidence based information or decision aids versus usual care for healthy pregnant women with previous caesarean deliveries increase the number of vaginal births in subsequent pregnancies?" After attending the global summit, White continued her hard work within a maternity unit in Scotland.