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Top DIT Undergraduates Present Their Innovative Research

Posted: 7 February, 2017

To highlight the talented work of top undergraduates from around the Island of Ireland, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) organised the inaugural UPresent: Island of Ireland 2017 at the Helix, DCU.

‌‌At the event, the 2016 Highly Commended Entrants were officially presented with their certificates, in a celebration of their world-class undergraduate research.

A selection of the students and recent graduates also presented their innovative work in under 3 minutes to an audience of their peers and academics.  As UA Highly Commended Entrants from the Island of Ireland, they had been placed in the top 10% of their field globally in The Undergraduate Awards 2016. Summarising their research for the diverse audience, they hoped to make everyone else as passionate about their work as they are!  The following students from DIT presented their work at the event:


Gordon Geraghty in the Business category: A Study of Traditional and Non-Traditional Marketing Communications: Target Marketing in the Event Sector


Paulina Biskup in the Visual Arts & Design category: Adrian Frutiger: Signs, Symbols, their design and meaning


Sayed Saeed in the Built Environment category: Analysis of The Existing Operation of Walkinstown Roundabout and Traffic Impact of Its Conversion to Signalized Junction



Marta Pisarska and Matthew Tang, both Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category 2016, also attended the event to receive their certificates.

Keynote speaker at UPresent: Island of Ireland, Professor. Ellen Hazelkorn, spoke on the topic of ‘The Role of Higher Education in the Age of Populism’. Formerly Director of Research at DIT, Professor Hazelkorn is Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). She has aslo worked as higher education policy consultant and specialist with international organisations and governments for over 15 years. 

The Undergraduate Awards 2017 programme is now open for submissions at

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is an Irish-based, global awards programme for undergraduate students of all disciplines. With 25 different categories, UA awards the world’s best undergraduate research in Humanities, Business, Sciences and The Arts. UA identifies the leading creative thinkers and problem solvers through their undergraduate coursework and provides them with the network, support and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.