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UCC STEM researchers recognised in Irish awards

9 Dec 2021

Researchers from the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science have been recognised in the annual Irish Research Council (IRC) Researcher of the Year Awards, which recognise the very best of IRC’s funded researchers who are making highly significant and valuable contributions to knowledge, society, culture, or innovation.

Dr Jean O'Dwyer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences received a Highly Commended recognition in the Early Career Researcher of the Year category.

Dr Susan Joyce, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology/APC Microbiome Ireland, and Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences/Environmental Research Institute, were winners of the Research Ally Prizes. This is a new category which recognises the work of mentors, supervisors, research officers and support staff across the Irish higher education and research system.

Michelle O'Driscoll, PhD student, School of Chemistry and School of Pharmacy, has been awarded the Jane Grimson Medal of Excellence for being the top ranked STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) applicant in the IRC GOIPG (Government of Ireland Postgraduate) scheme this year.

Professor John Cryan, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, UCC commented on the awards:

“Congratulations to the UCC award winners. There is tremendous pool of early career researchers at UCC and this is a fitting recognition of their hard work and insight.”

Director of the Irish Research Council, Peter Brown, congratulated this year’s winners, saying:

“I would like to congratulate the awardees on their awards. The standard of nominations this year was extremely high, and each of the winners should be immensely proud of their achievements. It is great to see this year’s winners representing a diverse range of research interests, which reflects the creativity and dynamism of the research community here in Ireland. The Irish Research Council is equally proud to have supported the development of the work of these researchers through our funding".

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