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Aleksandra Serafin

As a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick (UL), Aleksandra Serafin's doctoral research focuses on developing novel materials for spinal cord injury repair. As a Fulbright Student to University of California San Diego, she furthered her material research. 

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Grace Oladipo

Grace Oladipo is a Social Entrepreneur and aspiring human rights lawyer. As a 2021-2022 Fulbright-Notre Dame Law School International Rights Law Student Awardee from Ireland, she is completing a LL.M at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her primary area of research interest is redesigning female incarceration.

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William Phillips

William Phillips, MD, MPH, is a family doctor and Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a Fulbright Scholar, he researched and developed simulation training in shared decision-making between doctors and patients at the RCSI medical school.

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Deirdre Murphy

Deirdre Murphy was a 2019-2020 Fulbright Irish Foreign Language Teacher Assistant (FLTA) to Gonzaga University, Washington State where she taught Irish to American and international students, and took classes.

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Matthew O'Brien

Matthew O’Brien's PhD focuses on black power grassroots activism. As a 2019-2020 Fulbright Irish Awardee to the University of Illinois at Chicago, he conducted research concerning community groups and organisations who embodied black empowerment and progression in the turbulent 1970s.

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Chayla Rowley

Chayla Rowley is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As a 2019-2020 Fulbright Awardee to Ireland, she completed a MA in Refugee Integration from Dublin City University.

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Jonathan Hourihane

Jonathan Hourihane's primary area of clinical and research interest is in paediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He was a 2019-2020 Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar to the University of Colorado.

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Helen O'Donoghue

Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator, Head of Engagement & Learning, Irish Museum of Modern Art went to the MoMa on a 2019-2020 Fulbright Irish Scholarship.

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Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes was a 2019-2020 Fulbright US Awardee to UCC where she continued her investigations of race, class and society, completing a Master of Arts in Irish Writing and Film, focusing on Performative Postcolonial Identity.

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Margaret Kelleher

Margaret Kelleher was a 2019-2020 Fulbright Irish Scholar to NYU and New York Public Library where she researched the promotion and branding of Irish culture in America (1889-1922).

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Augustus Pendleton

Augustus Pendleton undertook the M.Sc. in Geography at NUI Galway 2019-2020 through a Fulbright US Award. While here, he researched community member’s attitudes concerning sea plant harvesting along the west coast of Ireland.

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Matthew McCarthy

Matthew  McCarthy is a Graduate of the BA in Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design CIT. In 2019, Matthew went on a SUSI Award to the University of South Carolina and spend six weeks there learning about the historical and contemporary realities of civic engagement in the US.

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Carlos Siqueira

Dr C. Eduardo Siqueira is an Associate Professor at the School for the Environment and Coordinator of the Transnational Brazilian Project at the Mauricio Gaston Institute of Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a 2018 Fulbright Scholar, he collaborated with the University of Limerick. 

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Paul Asta

Paul Asta is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington where he received his MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry. In 2016, he came to Ireland on a Fulbright Award and completed a masters degree in Creative Writing at University College Cork. 

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Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy is a Postdoctoral Researcher at NUI Galway. Her PhD research at UCC focused on the role of future-oriented thinking in health-related decision-making and behaviour. As a Fulbright Awardee, she visited the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois to conduct research on the neural network that supports our ability to think about the future.

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Gavin Kenny

Dr Gavin Kenny is a Geologist specialising in the study of impact craters. He completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin before moving to Stockholm, Sweden. As a Fulbright-GSI Scholar at the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University, Idaho, he undertook research into the precise timing of some of Earth’s largest impact cratering events.

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Rachel O'Dwyer

Dr Rachel O'’Dwyer is a Lecturer in Digital Culture at NCAD. Her recent research focuses on emerging markets at the intersection of digital money and digital networks. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar to University of California, Rachel focused on how blockchain technologies are transforming the creative and cultural industries.

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Jasmine Headlam

Jasmine Headlam is a PhD student at NUI Galway. Her research focuses on harmful jellyfish species known to negatively impact coastal industries. As a Fulbright Marine-Institute awardee, she was mentored in state of the art techniques to investigate the structural and functional characteristics of cnidae and the composition of venom by Fulbright Specialist, Dr Angel Yanagihara at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Tanya Cassidy

Dr Tanya M. Cassidy is an Assistant Professor at DCU, an affiliated senior researcher at Maynooth University, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire. As a Fulbright-HRB Health Impact Scholar, she furthered her ethnographic research on the potentiality of mothers’ milk, borders and bioscience at the Department of Anthropology in MIT.

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Aoife De Brún

Dr Aoife DeBrún is a Research Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems at UCD. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, she undertook research in collaboration with colleagues at Northwestern University mapping leadership configurations in healthcare teams and explore associations with team performance outcomes and staff engagement.

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Alix Whelan

Alix Whelan is a PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin. Her studies focus on the development of bioprosthetic heart valves. As a Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awardee, Alix went to the University of Texas, at Austin to further her research in developing a computational model which can enable improved bioprosthetic valve designs.

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David Stone

David Stone is  a doctoral scholar at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin. His research focuses on the study of archaeobotanical material from excavations in Azerbaijan dating to the 6th-–15th centuries. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship student, he conducted research at the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC., drawing upon techniques used in leading international museums for the curation and digital archiving of archaeobotanical remains.

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Sally McHugh

Sally McHugh is a PhD candidate in the School of Education at NUI Galway. Her current research explores how creative and constructionist computing can be designed and deployed to enhance children’s learning with their local cultural heritage in formal and informal learning environments. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellow to The Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco, she  conducted a place-based learning (PBL) project within the Museum’s Fisher Bay Observatory.

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Mary Corcoran

Professor Mary P. Corcoran is Head of the Department of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at Maynooth University. As a Fulbright-EPA scholar she visited the Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University to undertake research on how civil society groups in partnership with municipalities act as exchange agents to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability.

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Roisín Hyde

Roisín Hyde is a PhD Student at QUB. Her current research focuses on the development of a high-performance, low-impact, cement-free geopolymer concrete cladding panel through the use of innovative automated technologies including 3D Laser Scanning, Point Cloud Modelling and 3D Printing. As a Fulbright-EPA Awardee to the University of North Carolina Charlotte, she worked with Researchers to produce a full-scale prototype panel using local industrial by-product and waste materials.

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John Prendergast

As a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), John Prendergast taught the Irish language and took classes at the University of Notre Dame

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Andrew Mooney

As a Fulbright Student to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Andrew worked on the pioneering efforts to conserve global biodiversity through the development of a prioritization protocol for the collection of genetic samples from endangered species to be banked in cryogenic storage facilities globally.

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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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