Over 40 NUIG students and academics honoured at annual NUI awards

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Front row: Wei Yang Lim, Brianna Reilly, Caoileann McDhonncha, Adithi Gowda and Rebekah Sartini. Back row: Róisín Thornton, Dr Rosemary Geoghegan, Director of the NUI Galway Undergraduate Medicine programme, Thomas Butler, Professor Lawrence Egan, Head of the School of Medicine, and Dominic Butler. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

More than 40 students and academics at NUI Galway have been honoured at the annual National University of Ireland awards.

Twenty-eight of the awardees came from NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, including students honoured with the Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarships.

President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said that this ‘clearly highlights the high calibre of students’ studying at NUI Galway.

“I congratulate everyone on their achievements and I would also like to pay tribute to the teachers and educators and other support staff for their work with our students and in helping them to achieve such high standards,” he said.

Dr Patrick O’Leary, former Head of Chemistry at NUI Galway and began his term as Registrar of NUI this month, said: “The NUI Awards reward exceptional achievement in academic endeavour but also seek to resource some of our brightest minds to continue their academic careers.

“Today we make awards in a wide variety of areas and the work spans studies of the early medieval era to the NUI Dr H H Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes, highlighting the importance of medicine and healthcare during Covid-19.  Congratulations to all the awardees.”

Among those awarded First Prize were

Recipient Award
Martin O’Donoghue Publication Prize in Irish History, joint award
Monika Jurkiewicz NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship in Latin American Literature
Tammy Strickland NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship in Neuroscience
Ciara Shortiss NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Prize in Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration
Jenny Dixon NUI Scholarship and Prize in Education, joint award
Lauren McMahon Pierce Malone Scholarship in Engineering
Colm Ó Flathúin Scoláireacht Chiste Theach an Ardmhéara sa Ghaeilge
Adam Mac Donnacha Duais Chiste Theach an Ardmhéara sa Ghaeilge
Keith Dowling French Government Medal and NUI Prize for Proficiency in French

First prize awardees from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, included: 

Dr Evan White Anaesthesia
Rebekah Sartini General Practice
Brianna Reilly Medical Microbiology
Róisín Thornton Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Dr Sinead McKenna Ophthalmology
Rosie Waldron Paediatrics
Adithi Gowda Physiology
Thomas Butler Psychiatry
Ellen Casey Public Health
Dr Emma Callaghan Surgery
Anu Mohandes Nair General Nursing
Joseph Doherty Podiatric Medicine
Elise Byrne Speech and Language Therapy


Professor Niall Ó Dochartaigh and Dr Eugene Costello both received Commendations in the Irish History category.

NUI Galway was also successful in a number of Dr H H Stewart Literary Scholarships including Chloe Bright in English and Bláithín Breathnach in French, with Bláithín also receiving a Commendation in Italian. Chloe Kennedy was awarded 2nd prize in Spanish, and Amy Kennedy 3rd prize in German.

In the Irish categories Muireann Ní Cheannabháin was presented with 2nd prize in the Duaiseanna an Dr T K Whitaker sa Ghaeilge, and Amy Cox was awarded 2nd prize in Scoláireacht Liteartha an Dr H H Stewart sa Ghaeilge

Awardees from NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences also included second prize winners: Shania Coutinho, Anatomy; Anmol Mahesh, Biochemistry, Dr Aoife Fitzpatrick, Clinical Radiology, Cian Buckley O’Sullivan, General Practice; Zachary Hanrasi, Pathology; Emily Grehan, Midwifery; and Heather Gallen, Podiatric Medicine.

There were also third prize winners from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences: Caoileann Nic Dhonncha, Anatomy; Dr Sarah Eustace, Clinical Radiology; Dr Rionagh Lynch, Medicine; Dominic Butler, Paediatrics; Wei Yang Lim, Pathology; Amy Marian Collins, General Nursing; and Muibat Cole, Children’s Nursing.