20 June 2012 Two NUI Maynooth staff and a former student are among recipients of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for 2012-2013
Dr Rowan Fealy Department of Geography, Dr Brian Flanagan Department of Law and Caitríona Ní Chadhain, a Masters in Education alumnus, were awarded Fulbright scholarships at the Annual Scholars’ Dinner on Friday, 15 June.
The awards, which are jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States (Fulbright) Commission for Educational Exchange, provide Irish students, scholars and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in the U.S.
Dr. Rowan Fealy received a Fulbright Scholar award in Science and Technology and will undertake research at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, one of the world’s leading research centres for atmospheric research, where he will be investigating the potential to develop next generation climate simulations.
Dr Brian Flanagan, who received a Fulbright Scholar’s award in Law, will undertake research into the notion of collective legislative intentionality and the role of conceptual analysis in general jurisprudence at New York University School of Law as a Hauser Research Scholar.
Caitríona Ní Chadhain, a primary school teacher in St Malachy's B.N.S in Dublin, undertook a Masters in Education from NUI Maynooth. Caitriona received a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant scholarship which she will take up at the University of Montana.
Speaking about this year’s Fulbright Awards, Ms Una Halligan, Chair of the Fulbright Commission commented that “although their subjects are varied, each of these recipients has one very important trait in common - outstanding leadership ability. This is the true essence and purpose of Fulbright. We have no doubt the collaborations and accomplishments they make while in the US will impact enormously on future growth across all realms of Irish society well into the future.”
The NUI Maynooth awardees were among a number of Irish Fulbright Scholarship Award winners for 2012 who were presented with their awards at a gala event on June 15 in in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, by US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Joe Costello.
The Fulbright Programme in Ireland was established in 1957. The Fulbright Commission operates the official education exchange programme between Ireland and the United States. Grants are awarded annually through open competition for graduate study and postdoctoral research or lecturing in US colleges and research institutions.
Ends: 20 June 2012
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