The Thorley Sweetman Prize

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  • Value: €250
  • You must be a current UCC Student to be eligible for this prize
  • Questions about this prize can be directed to


The late Dr. Thorley Sweetman was a postgraduate student and subsequently a staff member of the Department of Geology from 1979 to 1989. To mark his significant contribution to the department, his family, colleagues and students have donated the sum of €6,349 for the provision of an annual prize for the best BSc (Hons) Geology mapping project.

The following are the conditions of the award:

1. The prize will be called "The Thorley Sweetman Prize".
2. It will be awarded to the BSc (Hons) mapping project awarded the highest marks in the final Honours examination.
3. No award will be made in any year if the adjudicators consider that the BSc (Hons) mapping projects are of an insufficiently high standard.
4. Where the class size is large, and sufficient merit is evident, two prizes may be awarded.
5. The Prize will consist of a cash prize of, at present levels, €250 plus a parchment. In addition, a perpetual trophy to be inscribed annually will be displayed in the Department of Geology.
6. The adjudicators shall comprise the Professor of Geology and the current External Examiner in Geology.


*Note: These awards are funded from endowments made by the respective donors to the University for awards to be made in perpetuity. The funds donated are invested, and the annual income is the amount available for the award. Due to fluctuation in the investment market, the amounts available from year to year may vary, upwards and downwards; for this reason, the value of any award referred to in this section is indicative only, and may be higher or lower when the amount of the award is completed.

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