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Four Students from Mary Immaculate College (MIC)
Shortlisted for International Awards


Students from Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Limerick once again featured strongly amongst those named as Highly Commended in the 2014 programme of The Undergraduate Awards as for the second year in a row four MIC students were named across three of the categories.

 
The Undergraduate Awards, under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, celebrate and support undergraduate students by recognising excellence in their coursework and projects. The competition is open to all graduating students and those recently graduated who have achieved a minimum of 2.1 Award in their degree.  This year the competition received 4,792 submissions from 209 universities and colleges worldwide placing the shortlisted students within the top 10% of submissions as judged anonymously by international panels.

 
The successful MIC students included Cormac McCarthy, B.Ed in Education & Psychology graduate 2013, from Firies, Killarney, Co. Kerry who was shortlisted in the Education category for his essay 'Prayers, Politics and Pedagogy: The history of the Church-State relationship and it's status in Education today'.  Cormac is no stranger to awards as he was the 2013 recipient of the Certificate in Religious Education medal for achieving first place in the Certificate in Religious Education at MIC. Cormac was also accepted to the prestigious European Federation of Psychology Students Association (EFPSA) summer school in Belgium in 2013.

Bishop of Limerick, Rev. Brendan Leahy presenting Cormac McCarthy with the Certificate in Religious Education medal for achieving first place in the Certificate in Religious Education at MIC in 2013.


Also hailing from Kerry is Lainey Keane, (pictured below) from Listowel, who recently completed the B.Ed in Education & Psychology degree and was shortlisted in the Education category for her essay entitled ‘Testing the limits of self-assessment: A critical examination of the developmental trajectories of self-assessment processes’. Lainey was recently accepted into the European Federation of Psychology Students Association (EFPSA) European Summer School programme in July of this year where she, along with five other students from around Europe, worked on a project entitled  'Work engagement & performance: Does the (mis)alignment of justice sources matter?'. The study investigated how employees' experiences of both fair and unfair treatment may impact on their work engagement and performance and whether these experiences are universal or culturally-dependent.

Catriona Pennycook, (pictured above) from Dublin has just completed the B.Ed in Education and Psychology degree and was shortlisted in the Psychology category for her essay 'A Critical Evaluation of Society's Impact on One's Subjective Experience of Aging'.

Alan O’Driscoll, from Limerick, recently completed a BA in History and English and was shortlisted in the History category for his essay entitled ‘Royal Visits and National Identity in Ireland, 1821-1911'.  Alan is currently undertaking the Taught MA in Modern English Language and Literature here at MIC.


Congratulating the four successful applicants Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said; “Once again we are delighted and proud that so many students from Mary Immaculate College were recognised both nationally and internationally for the exceptional quality of their work by the 2014 Undergraduate Awards. Given the sheer volume of applications submitted to this year’s competition it is a remarkable achievement for MIC to have not just one student recognised but four students recognised across three different categories. This is yet another excellent example as to the calibre of student we produce here at MIC and a fitting tribute to our excellent teaching staff”.


Concluding he said; “I applaud Cormac, Lainey, Catriona and Alan for their efforts and wish them the very best in all of their future endeavours”.


The Undergraduate Awards is the only international pan-discipline academic awards programme in the world, in operation in Ireland since 2008 and operating globally since 2011. It aims to recognise the best students in the world and to connect them to one another so as to encourage inter-disciplinary co-operation that also transcends borders.


The full shortlist may be viewed here. Over the coming week judges will deliberate over the shortlists to identify the winners in each category. Those winners will be named as the top student internationally in their respective field and secure for themselves attendance at The UA Global Summit, which is taking place across Dublin, Ireland from November 19th-21st. They will also have a chance to be published in the 2014 Undergraduate Journal. The winners will be announced on 22nd September 2014.


The 2015 programme is now open for registrations, which is available to penultimate and final year students as well as 2014 graduates. Further information available here.

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