Irish Student Scoops Prestigious Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Award

17th July 2013

Thirty-Seven Irish and EU Citizens Honoured with Fulbright Awards on MS The World

Thirty-seven Fulbright Awardees were officially announced at an event on MS The World, which was sponsored by a U.S. Fulbright alumnus, Dr. Jack Pinkowski and his wife, Mrs. Monica Pinkowski, as part of The Gathering on July 12th, 2013. Since 1957, the Fulbright Awards are given annually by the Irish and U.S. governments and provide Irish students, scholars, and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture, and research at top universities and institutions throughout the United States.

Pictured at the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awards is Mr Brendan Cleary the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee and Ms. Carol Gibbons, Senior Investment Advisor, Enterprise Ireland

Pictured at the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awards is Mr Brendan Cleary the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee and Ms. Carol Gibbons, Senior Investment Advisor, Enterprise Ireland.

Among the 37 awardees was one Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awardee:

Mr. Brendan Cleary is this year’s Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee. As part of his PhD research at the Dublin Energy Lab in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Brendan will research the potential economic benefits of wind power and large scale energy storage at the Center for Life Cycle Analysis at Columbia University.

This year’s other Fulbright Awardees, from fourteen Irish higher educational institutions, will travel to the four corners of America on their awards, from Rice University in Texas to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. to Oregon State University.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Fulbright Awards, Mr. Patrick McDermott, Chair of the Fulbright Commission Board, said, “year after year, the Fulbright Awards attract Ireland’s top researchers, professionals, and graduates. With the breadth and expertise seen in this year’s winners I know that these current and future leaders will gain invaluable experience that they can share upon their return to Ireland.”

McDermott continued, “I am especially delighted to see the Fulbright Awardees’ very topical areas of research that they will examine during their year in the U.S. For instance, two Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency awardees will explore innovative ways to encourage sustainability in Ireland. I know that their contributions to the future of Irish environmental policy will be informed by their time in the U.S.”

A number of other agencies sponsor Fulbright Awards including CRH plc, Enterprise Ireland, the Marine Institute, and Teagasc. As well as the sponsored awards, the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and the National Lottery support the Irish Language Awards for scholars and teachers.

Speaking about the diverse nature of the awardees, Ms. Colleen Dube, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission, said, “the Fulbright Awards continue to reflect the diversity and depth of Irish academia. Although this year’s awardees have a definite science and technology angle, the arts also feature prominently, with awardees going to the School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn, New York and the California Institute of the Arts. I look forward to seeing, and hearing, the wonderful outputs from each of these 37 awardees at the end of 2014.”

Dube continued, “In this Gathering year we are especially delighted with the Fulbrighters’ role as cultural ambassadors while in the U.S. With 37 Irish awardees going to the U.S. and 13 Americans coming to Ireland this autumn, we are thrilled to be a part of the ongoing cultural and educational exchange between the two countries.”

The next round of applications for Irish Fulbright Awardees will open on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. Interested applicants in all disciplines are encouraged to visit the Fulbright Commission’s website, www.fulbright.ie, for more information. All applications for the 2014-2015 academic year will be due on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

ENDS

 

For further information, please contact:

Joanne A. Davidson
Communications Manager, Fulbright Commission of Ireland
joanne.davidson@fulbright.ie
Tel: 00 353 1 230 9801
Mobile: 00 353 87 258 1417

Note to Editor:

The Fulbright Awards are presented on an annual basis to Irish students, scholars, and professionals to undertake postgraduate study and research at higher education, cultural, and related institutions in the United States and for Americans to do the same in Ireland. For more information please see www.fulbright.ie.


Full List of 2013-2014 Irish Fulbright Awardees:

1. Ms.Síobhra Aiken has just completed a B.A. in European Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Síobhra will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Elms College in Massachusetts.

2. Ms. Sharon Ansboro is a PhD candidate in Regenerative Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway. While on her Fulbright Student Award Sharon will research alternative cell therapy approaches for the treatment of osteoarthritis at the University of Rochester.

3. Professor Maria Baghramian is Head of the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University she will be researching and writing on the Neo-Pragmatist Turn in American Philosophy. 

4. Dr. Brendan Cahill is a Fulbright-Marine Institute Scholar Awardee. As a recent PhD graduate of University College Cork’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brendan will travel to Oregon State University to undertake research on ocean wave energy test sites to assess how accurately they replicate sea conditions.

5. Ms. Maeve Clancy is a secondary school teacher at St. Andrew’s College in Booterstown and a graduate of University College Cork. Maeve will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

6. Mr. Brendan Cleary is this year’s Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee. As part of his PhD research at the Dublin Energy Lab in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Brendan will research the potential economic benefits of wind power and large scale energy storage at the Center for Life Cycle Analysis at Columbia University.

7. Ms. Síle Concannon holds a Masters in Irish from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Síle will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Montana.

8. Mr. Shane Crowley is the Fulbright-Teagasc Student Awardee. Shane will be researching the isolation of individual dairy proteins in order to fortify foods and enhance their nutritional profile at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as part of his ongoing PhD at University College Cork.

9. Dr. Louis De Paor is the Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. As the Fulbright Irish Language Scholar, Louis will work on a bilingual anthology of twentieth-century Irish poetry at New York University and the University of California, Berkeley.

10. Dr. Dympna Devine is a Senior Lecturer in Education at University College Dublin and Director of the UCD Social Sciences Research Center. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the City University of New York, where she will evaluate educational policy and practice with migrant children in New York.

11. Dr. Garry Duffy is a Fulbright Scholar from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He will undertake research on developing restorative therapies for acute myocardial infarction at Harvard University.

12. Dr. Frances Fahy is the Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Scholar Awardee. She is a lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway. While at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Frances will research the experiences of academics involved in policy-relevant research in the field of sustainability.

13. Dr. Anne Graham-Cagney is a Fulbright Scholar from Waterford Institute of Technology. She will lecture and research on how American transformative learning theory and practice can inform professional education development programs in Ireland while at the University of South Florida and the University of Georgia.

14. Ms. Fiona Griffin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She will undertake research on osteogenic cell mechanobiology at Georgia Institute of Technology as part of her Fulbright Student Award.

15. Dr. Claire Gubbins is a Lecturer in the Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology Group at Dublin City University. As part of her Fulbright Scholar Award she will conduct research on tacit knowledge management practices and influencers in industry while at Carnegie Mellon University.

16. Mr. Matthew Jacobson is a musician, composer, and Lecturer in the Jazz Department at the Newpark Music Centre. He will go to Brooklyn, New York, researching creative music on his Fulbright Scholar Award at the School for Improvisational Music.

17. Mr. Ferenc Jári is a Fulbright Student Awardee who recently completed his LL.B. in Law and French at Trinity College Dublin. He will complete a LL.M. at Harvard University, specializing in International and Comparative Law.

18. Ms. Jennifer Judge is currently completing her PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge. As a Fulbright Student Awardee, she will undertake research in the philosophy of perception at Rice University in Texas, seeking to incorporate musical performance into debates in the philosophy of the mind.

19. Dr. Áine Kelly is an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. She will undertake research on Stanley Cavell and Contemporary American Fiction as part of her Fulbright Scholar Award at The New School, New York.

20. Mr. Joseph Lacey is a Fulbright Schuman Student Awardee. As a current PhD candidate at the European University Institute, Joseph will complete research on the structural basis of the EU’s democratic deficit at Princeton University.

21. Dr. Philip Larkin is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems at University College Dublin. On his Fulbright Scholar Award he will explore compassion as the basis of palliative and hospice care at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

22. Mr. Réamonn Mac Réamoinn is the Fulbright-CRH Student Awardee. Utilizing his experience as a Senior Engineer with Roughan and O’Donovan in the design of roads and bridges both in Ireland and abroad, Réamonn plans to complete a Masters in Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with a special focus on the behavior of long-span bridges under the influence of wind.

23. Mr. Kieran McCarthy, a University College Dublin graduate, has just completed his Masters in International Affairs at L’Institut d'etudes Politiques de Paris. Kieran will pursue a LL.M. with a concentration in International Economic Law at Georgetown University on his Fulbright Student Award.

24. Dr. Triona McGrath is the Fulbright-Marine Institute Scholar Awardee. Triona will go to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego to research ocean acidification in coastal water environments.

25. Miss Marguerite Nyhan is the Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Student Awardee. As a current PhD candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Marguerite will explore urban sustainability related to environmental pollution and human health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

26. Mr. Ciarán Ó Braonáin will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Villanova University. Ciarán has been teaching Irish at University College Dublin, where he also completed a Masters in Modern Irish History and in Irish Language Journalism and Communications.

27. Mr. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin is completing his Masters at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he also graduated with a Bachelors in Civil Law. He will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Notre Dame.

28. Ms. Neave O’Clery is a Fulbright Schuman Scholar Awardee. Neave is completing her PhD in Mathematics at the Imperial College London. She will continue her research on the interface between network science and evidence-based strategies for economic growth at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

29. Dr. Paul O’Connell is a Reader in the School of Law at the University of Leicester. As a Fulbright Scholar he will research global development and human rights at Harvard University.

30. Ms. Ruth O’Grady is a recent graduate of the International Bachelors of Education program at St. Patrick’s College. She will travel to New York University on her Fulbright Student Award to complete a Masters in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy.

31. Mr. Jonathan O’Neill is a PhD candidate at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University. He will be a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Drew University and New York University.

32. Mr. Conal Ryan is a PhD candidate in Composition at University College Cork. He will complete practice-based research in experimental music of the American tradition as part of his Fulbright Student Award at the California Institute of the Arts.

33. Dr. Conor Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will be developing a classifier, using one of the largest digital mammogram sets in the world, while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

34. Dr. Sandra Scanlon is a Lecturer in the School of History at University College Dublin. Sandra will explore the interaction between foreign policy issues and the development of conservatism during the 1970s as a Fulbright Scholar at Emory University. 

35. Dr. Ronan Sugrue is a medical doctor and graduate of both University College Dublin and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. He will undertake a Masters in Public Health at Harvard University, studying quantitative research methods, international health policy, and economics while on his Fulbright Student Award.

36. Mr. Garret Sweeney has recently completed a Masters in Writing and Communications in Irish at University College Dublin. He will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut.

37. Mr. Naoise Waldron has a Masters in Modern Irish from University College Cork.  He will be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at University of Montana.