Featured Alumni

Liam O’Driscoll

Liam O’Driscoll is a Bachelor of Civil Law (International) at UCC. This year, he will study in the University of Helsinki in Finland on an Erasmus semester.

"Looking back on my 5 weeks in South Carolina, words cannot convey how much I learned and how much I experienced. The SUSI program was, without doubt, extraordinary.  Read more...

Niall O’Shaughnessy

Niall O’Shaughnessy is an undergraduate Law student in UCD, with a minor in Social Justice. In June 2018, Niall travelled to the University of South Carolina to partake in the Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program examining Civic Engagement in the U.S.

"Attempting to sum up the 5 weeks I spent in the States as part of the SUSI program is particularly difficult due to the sheer breadth of memorable experiences. Read more...

Laura Devaney

Dr Laura Devaney has a PhD from Trinity College and has held postdoctoral positions at Trinity and Teagasc. She is a 2017-2018 Fulbright-EPA Awardee to the University of California Berkeley.

Not content with addressing just one of the Sustainable Development Goals, I would like to propose a concept that has the potential to address at least nine of them and has formed a central research interest of mine as an environmental geographer. Read more...

Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh

Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh is currently pursuing a PhD in Irish folklore at Mary Immaculate College. As a 2017-2018 Fulbright FLTA, he is teaching the Irish Language and taking courses at the University of Notre Dame.

"This short blog comes to you months into my Fulbright programme, and of more immediate importance to whomever might notice this post in time, three weeks before the application deadline for the 2018-19 Fulbright Irish Awards. Read More...

Aoife Delaney

Aoife Delaney is a PhD candidate on ‘The Programmable City’ project at Maynooth University. As a Fulbright-NUI Awardee to the University of Massachusetts, Boston, she is researching the potential of smart technology.

"As I sit enjoying a refreshing iced coffee, I look out on to the walkway of Downtown Crossing in Boston on a beautiful (and possibly too hot for an Irish person) day, watching the mixture of people walk by and a moment of realization sweeps over me. Read More

Jacek Kibilda

Dr Jacek Kibilda is a 2017-2018 Fulbright Irish TechImpact Scholar Award from the CONNECT Institute, TCD, to the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Two weeks. Two weeks have passed since I arrived to the States. I’ve spent them venturing around the States (Lovecraft’s tour around Providence!), visiting friends (heads up for Padraig and Marcela!), fighting the jetlag or the post-Harvey flight cancellations, and, well… talking to people about my past and future research. Read More...

Alanna O'Malley

Alanna O’Malley is a Lecturer of History  & International Relations at Leiden University. As a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar to George Washington University, she is investigating the development of the UN.

"Considering the unexpected result of the American elections last November, and the controversy which has dogged Donald Trump’s Presidency so far, it was hard to know what to expect when arriving in Washington D.C....

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Colin Bradley

Colin Bradley is Professor of General Practice in the School of Medicine at UCC. As Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar to University of Oklahoma, he is undertaking research on strategies to improve opioid prescribing by primary care physicians.

“Landfall  - O’Hare International Chicago.  It’s a vast airport – more similar to Schiphol, Amsterdam with what seems like one vast terminal rather than multiple terminals like Heathrow. Read More...

Saskia Ryan

A 2016-2017 Fulbright-GSI Student Awardee from Trinity College Dublin to Harvard University.

“I have spent the last 6 months living in Boston, which has been an incredible academic and cultural experience, enabled by the Fulbright-GSI Geoscience award. My office was located in the building which was also...

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Ruairi McKiernan

 An award winning social innovator, campaigner, writer, speaker, hitch-hiker and Presidential appointee to Ireland’s Council of State, Ruairí McKiernan is the founder of the pioneering SpunOut.ie youth organisation, a co-founder of the Uplift campaigning organisation, and a regular contributor to national media on social justice...

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Tadhg Ryan

After almost eight months at the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, Tadhg Ryan Charleton (IRC Postgraduate Scholar, Maynooth University) updates us on his experiences as a Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee.

Time has really flown since my last blog post at the end of September!

Having completed an extensive course on financial research methods before Christmas, I am now back focusing almost exclusively on research. In January, my host, Professor Devi Gnyawali, and I wrote two papers Read More...

Dr Teresa Lynn

Dr Teresa Lynn is a Post Doctoral Researcher at the ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University. She completed her PhD through a cotutelle agreement between Dublin City University (Ireland) and Macquarie University Sydney (Australia), investigating parsing of the Irish language. She built the first syntactically-annotated corpus (treebank) for Irish and with that, trained the first statistical computational parsing models for Irish...

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Dr Catherine O’Rourke

Dr Catherine O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights & International Law, and Gender Research Coordinator at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar to the Human Rights Program of the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, where she will advance a monograph on international law norms for gender equality...

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Ruth Cormican

A graduate of NUI Galway, Ireland, her 2016-2017 Fulbright-University of Notre Dame LL.M. Award in International Human Rights Law focuses on human rights issues arising in the context of international and internal armed conflict.

“One month into my time at Notre Dame, and I’m still finding it slightly surreal to see shamrocks, leprechauns...

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Hader Serour

Hader Serour, a student of Civil Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology, was the 2016 SUSI in Environmental Issues Awardee. During Summer 2016 she attended the University of Oregon to complete a 5-week academic program.

“When I returned home from my SUSI, settling back into my daily life with the morning struggle of not having breakfast with other 21 European friends, it was so hard to believe that the 5 weeks were over. Read More...

Triona McGrath

DrTriona McGrath is a post-doctorate research fellow with the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her primary area of research is chemical oceanography where she is investigating ocean acidification in Irish marine waters.

Triona was a Fulbright-Marine Institute Scholar and spent 3 months at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), San Diego:

“I spent the final three months of 2013 on a post-doctorate Fulbright...

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Marguerite Nyhan

Dr Marguerite Nyhan is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nyhan is based at the SENSEable City Laboratory and leads the urban environmental research team there. With the aim of influencing the design of future cities, she studies interactions between the environment, human populations and urban systems. As environmental health and sustainability are major considerations in her work, Nyhan collaborates with Harvard University’s School of Public Health on a number of studies.

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