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Six Queen's University students named 'brightest and most innovative in the world'

Six students from Queen’s University Belfast have won an international award for being the brightest and most innovative in the world.

The students, who were this week announced as winners in The Undergraduate Awards, were selected from nearly 5000 submissions from over 200 universities worldwide.

The Undergraduate Awards, which are now in their fourth year, aim to give recognition to the brightest and most innovative undergraduate students in the world, and those who are leading creative thinkers, problem solvers and future leaders.

  • Ciarán Quinn, from Armagh, won the award in the Historical Studies Category for his paper entitled How did the Irish Free State’s efforts to regulate sexuality (and its motivations for doing so) compare with trends elsewhere in interwar Europe?
  • James Pow, from Lisburn, won the award in the International Relations & Politics Category for his paper entitled Still Rising: The Career Politician in the British House of Commons, the Cabinet and the Shadow Cabinet.
  • Tracy O'Connor, from Glengormley, won the award in the Language and Linguistics Category for her paper entitled To What Extent can the Poetry of Borja da Costa be Seen as Promoting the Idea of a Common National Identity?
  • Maran Lowry, from Londonderry, won the award in the Life Sciences Category for her paper entitled Assessing the Escapement Success of Migrating European Silver Eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) from Lough Neagh Using Acoustic Telemetry to Corroborate a Traditional Mark/Recapture Method.
  • Aaron Reid, from Lurgan, won the award in the Mathematics & Physics Category for his paper entitled Solar Vortices.
  • Grace McKenna, from Magherafelt, won the Undergraduate Award in the Medical Sciences Category for her paper entitled Identification of Tumour Suppressor Genes whose loss mediates sensitivity to conventional chemotherapy and targeted therapeutics.

As well as these winners, 13 students from Queen’s were Highly Commended across eight of the categories.

David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students at Queen's University Belfast, said: "I would like to congratulate all of our students on their success at this year's Undergraduate Awards. We, at Queen's pride ourselves on the world-leading education on offer here and the success of our students in these prestigious and internationally competitive awards is testimony to that. A degree at Queen's is about much more than an education, it is about the student experience and being afforded a lifetime or opportunity."

Louise Hodgson, Executive Director of the Undergraduate Awards, said: "The Undergraduate Awards is the only pan-discipline academic awards programme in the world. The Awards recognise the best and brightest students and brings them together to encourage inter-disciplinary cooperation that transcends borders, advances scholarship, and promotes new academic thinking. I wholeheartedly congratulate all of the winners."

The winners are invited to attend The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, which is taking place in Dublin, Ireland from November 19th-21st.

Media inquiries to Claire O'Callaghan, Queen’s Communications Office, comms.office@qub.ac.uk or 02890973087.

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