Three NUI Galway students have been announced this week by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as finalists of the 2014 Making an Impact Competition. A total of five finalists were selected.
The NUI Galway finalists are Linda Connor for her project ‘Improving Honey Bee Health’, Robert Mooney for his project ‘Movement and Performance in Elite Swimming’ and Killian O’Brien for his project ‘Blood May Hold the Key to the Riddle of Cancer’.
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Independent had invited postgraduate research students in any discipline at an Irish higher education institution on the island of Ireland, to make a short submission on the difference that their research work would make to a particular aspect of Irish life, to the country as a whole or in a global context.
The five research finalists, who were selected by an independent adjudication panel for their innovative or challenging ideas will be invited to present how their research is making an impact at a public event at The Helix at Dublin City University on Wednesday, 12 March.
Each finalist will have a maximum of ten minutes to make the presentation, followed by a brief question and answer session with an expert panel. Two awards of €2,500, sponsored by the Irish Independent, will be awarded to two individual winners, one of whom will be picked by the panel and the other by second level students in the audience. Each of the five finalists’ research will be profiled in the Irish Independent.
For further information on the 2014 Making an Impact Competition visit www.hea.ie.