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28 May 2024  

Recipients of Fulbright-NUI Student Awards 2015


L-R: Gillian Murphy Dr Attracta Halpin Kevin LeahyThe Registrar of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Dr Attracta Halpin, has congratulated Gillian Murphy, Ciaran McFadden and Kevin Leahy, recipients of Fulbright-NUI Student Awards, on their prestigious awards. The recipients were announced by Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D. and the US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, officially at an event in Iveagh House on 3 June 2015.

The Fulbright Awards are presented on an annual basis to Irish students, scholars, and professionals to undertake postgraduate study and research at higher education, cultural, and related institutions in the United States.

This is only the second year that the awards have featured two Fulbright-NUI Student Awards for PhD students in NUI institutions. A third award was also made and sponsored by Fulbright, the National University of Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Applicants in the humanities and sciences were subject to a rigorous selection process where research and study objectives were judged based on their potential to drive the Irish knowledge economy.

Ciaran McFadden and Dr Attracta Halpin

Ms. Gillian Murphy is a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology in University College Cork. While on her Fulbright-National University of Ireland Award at Albert Einstein College of Medicine – New York, Gillian will undertake experimental neuroimaging research on selective attention in expert and novice drivers.

Mr. Ciaran McFadden is a PhD candidate in Maynooth University School of Business, and a Fulbright-National University of Ireland Awardee. He will be based in the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, at UCLA  Law School. His research is on the careers and workplace experiences of the transgender community.

Mr. Kevin Leahy is a PhD candidate at University College Cork. As a Fulbright Awardee at the University of California, Berkeley, Kevin will be investigating the application of data analytics and statistical methods to improve the performance of wind turbines. His award is sponsored by Fulbright, the National University of Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.



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