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International Award

 

International Award Photograph

 

At the recent Undergraduate Awards ceremony held in the magnificent surroundings of Dublin City Hall, former St Mary’s student Catherine Fitzpatrick received the Bram Stoker Medal in the “Teacher Education” category. Catherine, who came to the College from St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon, was awarded the accolade for her final-year project, which examined the inclusion of newcomer pupils in schools in Northern Ireland. Catherine completed her work under the supervision of Martin Hagan, who is Education Coordinator and Chair of the BEd Programme Team. Martin Hagan and Deirdre Cree, also a lecturer at the College, attended the ceremony as representatives of St Mary’s to recognise and support Catherine in her tremendous achievement.

 

International Award Photograph

 

The Undergraduate Awards Programme is the only pan-discipline, international academic awards programme which celebrates undergraduate achievement and excellence. The 2013 programme received 3,771 submissions from 182 universities across 26 countries. Catherine was one of only 43 top graduates to receive an award. The winners came from universities across Ireland, the UK, the United States, Canada, Asia and Australia, including Harvard, Princeton, St Andrews and the University of Toronto. This year the guest speaker and presenter of the awards was Dr Mae Jemison, the first black, female NASA astronaut, (pictured with Catherine below).

 

International Award Photograph

 

Catherine is currently working in the Convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School in London. She is considering embarking upon further studies at the University of Cambridge.