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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Ronan O'Brien

Ronan  O'Brien from Princeton University was the 2015 Winner in the Languages & Linguistics category for his paper titled “Opportunity Be Knockin’: Race and Invariant Be in Hip-Hop Language”

Following his experience at The Undergraduate Awards, Ronan graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a B.A. in Linguistics. Inspired by his work in peer counsellor positions, and a desire to work more closely with people, he chose to change fields and pursue clinical psychology.

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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Laura Moore

In 2015 Laura Moore from University College Dublin was Highly Commended in the Nursing and Midwifery category for her paper which explored the psychological implications of overweight and obesity on adolescents.

Laura is currently in Malawi also known as the warm heart of Africa volunteering by the beautiful lake as a nurse for an Irish NGO. Shortly after The Undergraduate Awards she graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours in Children’s and General Nursing and took up a position as a staff nurse in the national paediatric hospital in Ireland, OLCHC. Although she loved her time in OLCHC she felt compelled to address healthcare not only from a clinical nursing perspective but also from the socio-economic, political and cultural determinants of health especially in developing regions of the world.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Samuel Wee

Samuel Caleb Wee from Nanyang Technological University was a Highly Commended Entrant in the 2015 The Undergraduate Awards programme. His paper was titled “A Forest within a Forest: Rhizomic Visions of Text, Sex & Love in Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being” in the Literature 1710-Present category.

Samuel is currently living in Singapore though he spends a lot of time in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He finished his Bachelor’s last summer, and graduated from Nanyang Technological University with two awards: The Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for topping his cohort, and the Koh Tai Ann Gold Medal for being involved in the literary community.

Where They Are Now Wednesday: Ragav Manimaran

Ragav Manimaran from University College London was the 2016 Global Winner in the Medical Sciences Category for his paper entitled “Developing an ultrasound phantom using 3D printing for practicing minimally invasive intracardiac procedures.”

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Li Sou

Li Sou a Durham University graduate, won the 2015 Gold medal in the Classical Studies & Archaeology category for her paper titled "New Light on Colour: a study of polychromy on Neo-Assyrian reliefs"

Li Sou paper on digitally reconstructing the colours of ancient Assyrian sculptures was published in the journal Antiquity’s project gallery

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Intan Wardhani

Intan Wardhani: A University of Queensland Australia graduate who was a 2015 Highly Commended Entrant in the Psychology Category for her paper titled “Find me in the crowd: The effects of inversion and emotion on the search efficiency of happy and angry expressions”

Intan Wardhani was completing her dual degree in psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the University of Indonesia, Indonesia, when she submitted the paper to the Undergraduate Awards. During that time, she also had an opportunity to go on an exchange at the University of Manchester, UK, for one semester. Despite staying for a brief period, she found the experience enriching for both her professional and personal developments. Before commencing her master’s degree, she worked in laboratories; learning new research and analysis techniques, and building up her writing skills. Albeit it took longer time, to her those were very invaluable lessons in preparing herself for the higher degree. This year, Intan is finalising her master’s degree at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her thesis project investigates the effects of nicotine on human’s visual attention. In this project, she analyses her participants’ eye movements and pupil size.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Marianne White

Marianne White a University of Dundee graduate who was an Overall Winner in 2015 in the Category of Nursing and Midwifery with her paper titled "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?".

Marianne lives in a rural community in Perthshire and works in a large teaching hospital in Dundee, Scotland. She continues to work as a midwife, but since returning from the Undergraduate Awards in 2015 she has felt really inspired and with this confidence boost she has been applying for a variety of opportunities and being successful in them all which has led to a very busy few years!

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Niamh McShane

Niamh McShane was an Irish Regional winner in the Languages & Linguistics category in 2015 with her essay entitled “Moral Law in the works of Anselm Kiefer | What moral questions does Anselm Kiefer raise in his work and how does he explore the function and reasoning of human morality in relation to the holocaust?”

Niamh is a first class honours Germanic Studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin whose dissertation research explored the role of gender in German vampire narratives. She is currently living in Berlin, and has just started a masters in European literature at Humboldt University. During her time in Berlin she was the winner of an EU scholarship for young entrepreneurs and since taking part in the Undergraduate Awards, she has been keeping herself busy writing content for software startups, organising Women in Tech talks, and discovering the city through taking part in every run she can - from half-marathons around suburban lakes to most recently completing 42 kilometres through the heart of the city in the Berlin Marathon. Her interests include life-drawing, analogue photography, feminist literature, blogging and most recently, volunteering with Pass the Crayon, an organisation providing art classes in refugee centers in the city. Check out Niamh's blog where she describes her experience volunteering with Pass the Crayon.