Guest Blog Post written by Jennifer Murphy
3rd year BSc Psychology student
City University London
“As a BSc psychology student, currently in my 3rd year, I heard about the undergraduate awards towards the end of my 2nd year. I soon realised that to enter all I had to do was submit a piece of existing coursework and 15 minutes later I had submitted my piece entitled ‘Susceptibility to false memory: factors that facilitate and inhibit’.
I was thrilled to discover that my piece had been highly commended by the judges, renowned experts in their fields. Before attending the UA summit in Dublin 2014 I wasn’t sure what to expect and was nervous about the prospect of spending 3 days with such incredibly accomplished undergraduates from all over the world. However, upon attending I encountered was a group of incredibly friendly, modest and inspirational undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, from philosophy to medicine.
The summit was incredibly well organised. On the first evening we were given inspirational talks by Nobel peace prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire and the Deputy Major of Dublin at Dublin City hall and a chance to network with the speakers and our fellow attendees.
The following day was the Colloquium held at Farmleigh House. Throughout this packed day we were given talks and attended breakout sessions with fantastic individuals such Lord David Puttnam, Chancellor of the Open University, Patricia O’Brien, and the Irish Ambassador to the United Nations and Prof Joseph Roche an astrophysicist shortlisted for the one-way mission to mars. I particularly enjoyed the breakout session on creativity with Jane Murphy from Google.
The final day was UPresent at Google HQ where all students were given the opportunity to present their entries and the summit concluded with a spectacular awards ceremony and black tie dinner at the famous Christ Church Cathedral where we celebrated our achievements.
Overall I found the event an incredible opportunity to network with both the fantastic speakers and my fellow attendees, many of whom I believe I will continue to connect with through the UA alumni network. In addition to this incredible experience, I believe that being shortlisted for this international award has boosted my CV and makes me stand out to potential employers.
Following from this fantastic experience I am now the campus ambassador for the Undergraduate Awards and hope to get more students from City University London involved. 2nd and 3rd Year students from all disciplines are eligible to apply – you’ve already done the work! To enter is easy, simply register your place and then submit up to 3 pieces of your work before 29th May 2015.”
For more information please visit: http://www.undergraduateawards.com/
To hear more about the experiences of attendees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN4h2YWUjec
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