Student Awards and Prizes

Our graduates have won national and international prizes, have presented their dissertations at national and international conferences, and some have published their dissertations in peer-reviewed journals.

 The Dr. Henry Hutchinson Steward Medical Scholarship and Prize

The Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarship and Prize are among the oldest awards to be offered for competition by the NUI. First established in 1888 following a bequest from the estate of Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart, these awards were initially made by the Royal University of Ireland until its dissolution in 1908 and were then continued by the NUI. Under the terms of the trust it was provided that two-thirds of the income be allocated for the provision of medical scholarships and one-third for the provision of literary scholarships.

The NUI Dr H H Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes are offered in a range of subject areas and disciplines across Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Health Sciences.

The awards offered in clinical subject areas are based on specially set examinations taken by medical students nominated by each of the Medical Schools. The awards in Nursing and Midwifery and other Health Sciences are based on the submission of examination materials of students and nominations by Faculties, Schools and Departments.  First Prize is €1,000 and a Medal and Second Prize is a Medal.  

2019 - Meadhbh Larkin 2nd Prize

2018 - Sarah McAllister 1st Prize and Clodagh McGreevey 2nd Prize

2017 - Niamh Parker 1st Prize and Ciara Corbett 2nd Prize

2016 - Rebecca O'Malley 1st Prize (Rebecca was awarded first prize for her final year dissertation entitled "Examining the Influence of Phonological Structure and Prosody on Nonword Repetition in Typically Developing Children and those with Language Impairment".)

2014 - Amy Curran 1st Prize (Amy was awarded first prize for her final year dissertation entitled "Non-Attendance and Utilisation of a Speech and Language Therapy Service: A retrospective Pilot Study of School-Aged Referrals".)

2013 - Stephanie Cassol 2nd Prize (Stephanie was awarded second prize for her final year dissertation entitled "A Qualitative Study of Evaluative Language in the Personal Narratives of Children with SLI and Typically Developing Children.  What does the language they use tell us about how they view themselves and the world around them?".)

2012 - Sorcha Rabbitte 1st Prize (Sorcha was awarded first prize for her final year dissertation entitled "Graphic Design and Graphic Symbols: Bridging the Gap, Exploring Preferenced".)

2011 - Laura Tobin 1st Prize (Laura was awarded first prize for her final year dissertation entitled "A Qualitative Investigation into the Experiences of Speech and Language Therapy Students of Pseudostuttering".)

2010 - Laura McLean 2nd Prize (Laura was awarded 2nd prize for her final year dissertation entitled "An Exploration of Teachers' Awareness and Knowledge of Auditory Processing Disorder in Northern Ireland".)

 IASLT Prize

2019 - Saoirse Lally

2018 - Sarah McAllister

2017 - Siobhan Stack;

2016 - Elaine Higgins

2015 - Aimee O Connor

2014 - Lindsay McKnight

2013 - Linda Murray

2012 - Teresa Dempsey and Nicola Hamilton

2011 - Niamh Bannon

IASLT winner 2011 Niamh Bannon

Pictured at the recent NUI Galway Awards Day, Saturday, 5th February, 2011 was (l-r): Professor Nollaig Mac Congáil, Registrar and Deputy Presidents, NUI Galway; Laura Loftus, Speech and Language Therapy Discipline, NUI Galway; Niamh Bannon, Portarlington, Co Laois, Winner of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) Prize, 2009-10; NUI Galway President, Dr James Browne; and Dr Fidelma Dunne, School of Medicine NUI Galway.

Tavistock Prize

Rebecca O'Malley Travistock Prize

Rebecca O Malley was awarded the Tavistock Prize for Aphasia  for her aphasia case study

Intervarsity Health Fusion Team Challenge March 2019

Picture of Winners

Kate Faherty, a final year SLT in training in NUI Galway, was a member of the interprofessional team that won the intervarsity Health Fusion Team Challenge in UL in March 2019. The Health Fusion Team challenge “is an extracurricular competition for senior level tertiary students across all health disciplines. It provides participants with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. Teams present their response to the case study to a live audience, then prepare an answer to an extension question designed to test each team on a number of criteria. The team which displays the greatest mastery of teamwork over the course of the afternoon is declared the winner.” The NUI Galway Saolta Team was represented by Kate Faherty, Speech and Language Therapist in Training (NUI Galway); Olwen Kennedy, Occupational Therapist in Training (UL); Máire Cooney, General Nursing Student (NUI Galway); Noor Kassir, Medicine Student (NUI Galway) and Sheryl O'Grady, Social Work student (NUI Galway). The competition was between NUI Galway, TCD, UCC and UL with the NUI Galway Saolta team coming out on top at the end.

Student Publications

Lyons, R., Brennan, S., & Carroll, C. (2016).  "Exploring parented perspectives of participation in children wiith Down Syndrome". Child Language Teaching & Therapy, 32:79-93
 
Carroll, C., McKnight, L. & O'Malley Keighran, MP. (2016). “Just wait then and see what he does’': A speech act analysis of healthcare professionals' interaction coashing with parents of childern with Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
 
Curran, A, Flynn, C,Antonijevic-Elliot, S,Lyons, R (2015).  “Non-attendance and utilization of a speech and language therapy service: a retrospective pilot study of school-aged referrals” International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 50:665-675
 
Daly, C., Antonijevic-Elliot, S., Rodden, M., & Lyons, R. (2015). “Outcomes of minimal pair intervention in a school-aged child with a consistent phonological disorder”: A multiple baseline single case study'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies
 
Armstrong, E., O'Malley Keighran, M.P., Collins, P. and Carroll, C. (2014). “A qualitative exploration of maternal perspectives on the impact of stuttering on the lives of six to ten year old children”. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 21:41-62
 

Student Prizes

Our graduates have won national and international prizes, have presented their dissertations at national and international conferences, and some have published her dissertations in peer-reviewed journals.

2016

NUI Galway Summer Studentship Awards:
Two fourth year students, Ciara McKay and Orla Gately, completed eight-week summer studentships which were funded by the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in NUI Galway.
Ciara’s project was entitled  ‘An Evaluation of the outcomes of intervention of Three School-aged Children with Phonological Impairments: A Multiple Baseline Single Case Study Design.’ One of the highlights of her summer research experience was a meeting with her supervisor, Dr. Rena Lyons and Prof. Sharynne McLeod.
Orla’s project was to examine macrostructure and microstructure narrative measures across personal narrative and fictional retell tasks for 7 and 8 year old Irish children with typical language development. One of the highlights for her was to meet Dr. Marlene Westerveld, Griffith University, Australia, at the IALP Congress. Orla and six of the other undergraduates had followed Dr. Westerveld’s research protocols.

Rebecca O’Malley won first prize in the NUI Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Award for her final year dissertation entitled ‘examining the influence of phonological structure and prosody on nonword repetition in typically developing children and those with language impairment’.

Elaine Higgins won the IASLT Prize.

Rebecca O Malley was awarded the Tavistock Prize for Aphasia  for her aphasia case study. 

2015

Aimee O Connor won the IASLT Prize.

2014

Amy Curran won first prize in the NUI Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Award for her final year dissertation entitled 'Non-attendance and utilization of a speech and language therapy service: a retrospective pilot study of school-aged referrals'.

Lindsay McKnight won the IASLT Prize.

2013

Stephanie Cassol won second prize in the NUI Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Award for her final year dissertation entitled ‘A qualitative study of evaluative language in the personal narratives of children with SLI and typically developing children. What does the language they use tell us about how they view themselves and the world around them?’

Linda Murray won the IASLT prize.

2012

Sorcha Rabbitte won first prize in the NUI Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Award for her final year dissertation entitled ‘Graphic design and graphic symbols: bridging the gap, exploring preferences’.

Teresa Dempsey and Nicola Hamilton won the IASLT Prize.

2011

Awards
Pictured at the recent NUI Galway Awards Day, Saturday, 5th February, 2011 was (l-r): Professor Nollaig Mac Congáil, Registrar and Deputy Presidents, NUI Galway; Laura Loftus, Speech and Language Therapy Discipline, NUI Galway; Niamh Bannon, Portarlington, Co Laois, Winner of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) Prize, 2009-10; NUI Galway President, Dr James Browne; and Dr Fidelma Dunne, School of Medicine NUI Galway.

Laura Tobin won first prize in the NUI Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Award for her final year dissertation entitled ‘A qualitative investigation into the experiences of speech and language therapy students of pseudostuttering’.

Niamh Bannon won the IASLT Prize.

2010

Laura McLean was awarded 2nd prize in the NUI Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Award for her final year dissertation entitled  ‘An exploration of teachers’ awareness and knowledge of Auditory Processing Disorder in Northern Ireland‘.

Student Publications

Lyons, R., Brennan, S., & Carroll, C. (2016).  "Exploring parented perspectives of participation in children wiith Down Syndrome". Child Language Teaching & Therapy, 32:79-93

Carroll, C., McKnight, L. & O'Malley Keighran, MP. (2016)“Just wait then and see what he does’'A speech act analysis of healthcare professionals' interaction coashing with parents of childern with Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders

Curran, A, Flynn, C,Antonijevic-Elliot, S,Lyons, R (2015).  “Non-attendance and utilization of a speech and language therapy service: a retrospective pilot study of school-aged referrals” International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 50:665-675

Daly, C., Antonijevic-Elliot, S., Rodden, M., & Lyons, R. (2015). “Outcomes of minimal pair intervention in a school-aged child with a consistent phonological disorder”: A multiple baseline single case study'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies

Armstrong, E., O'Malley Keighran, M.P., Collins, P. and Carroll, C. (2014). “A qualitative exploration of maternal perspectives on the impact of stuttering on the lives of six to ten year old children”. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 21:41-62