Two students awarded Dr Karzan Sabah D Ahmed research bursary

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Karzan D Ahmed Bursary (left to right) Dr Andy Bleasedale, Aoife Murphy, Niamh Nolan, Professor Mike Gormally, NUI Galway

NUI Galway has announced the recipients of the inaugural Dr Karzan Sabah D Ahmed Memorial Research Bursary, which was established to remember the researcher who died with his wife Shahen Qasm and their baby daughter Lina in a road accident in 2021.

The successful students are Aoife Murphy, from Loughrea, who has completed her BSc in Environmental Science, and Niamh Nolan, from Listowel in Co. Kerry, who is a final year student of BSc in Environmental Science.

The students were awarded the summer scholarship created in partnership with NUI Galway and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Both students will undertake a three-month research scholarship in High Nature Value farmland during the summer of 2022.

Andy Bleasdale, Director of Scientific Advice and Research, National Parks and Wildlife Service, said that honouring the memory and legacy of Karzan is particularly important to NPWS.

“We are delighted to partner with NUI Galway in developing the skills and expertise of a new generation of ecologists, through research bursaries in High Nature Value farmland.”

Speaking on behalf of NUI Galway, Julie Stafford, Director of Development, Community & Alumni Relations at the University, said: “We are delighted to partner with NPWS to remember Karzan, Shahen and Lina in such an appropriate way by continuing Karzan important work.

“Karzan was a great colleague and friend to many at NUI Galway and this bursary will continue his legacy.

“It is our hope that students who are awarded the bursary will contribute in a small way to continuing the legacy of Karzan at our university.”