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9 students awarded the 2022 Hamilton Prize for Mathematics

Today, the prestigious undergraduate Hamilton Prize was awarded to the top 9 mathematical students on the Island of Ireland, at a ceremony in the Royal Irish Academy.

The Royal Irish Academy has today awarded the prestigious undergraduate Hamilton Prize to the top mathematical students in their final year of study as nominated by their university. Ibec, who sponsor the RIA prize and Hamilton Day activities, see developing STEM talent as a key role in safeguarding Ireland’s economic future.

The ceremony, originally scheduled for 16 October 2022 to mark Hamilton Day, took place in the Academy. Hamilton Day commemorates the anniversary of famed Irish scientist William Rowan Hamilton’s discovery of quaternion algebra on 16 October 1843.

The prize ceremony took place in the Academy and was attended by family and friends of the recipients, as well as representatives from their university departments and members of the mathematics community in Ireland. The 2022 Hamilton prize winners are:

  • Tiernan Brosnan, University of Limerick
  • Ryan Elwood-Clarke, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Laura Hayes. University College Cork
  • James Francis Hayes, University of Galway
  • Ryan McGowan, Trinity College Dublin
  • Olivia McLoughlin, Dublin City University
  • Kituru Ndee, TU Dublin
  • Ellen O’Carroll, University College Dublin
  • Jordan Rossiter, Maynooth University

In recognition of their mathematical excellence, the students each received a cash prize of €500, a certificate of achievement and attended an exclusive masterclass with the 2022 RIA Hamilton Day lecture speaker with Professor Avi Wigderson of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, hosted by Ibec in their Dublin headquarters.

The Hamilton Day commemorations continue this evening with Professor Wigderson giving the 2022 RIA Hamilton Day lecture on the topic of ‘Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust’.

Pictured (L-R): Kituru Ndee (Technological University Dublin), Tiernan Brosnan (University of Limerick), Dr Mary Canning PRIA, Danny McCoy (Ibec), Jordan Rossiter (Maynooth University), Ryan Elwood-Clarke (Queen’s University Belfast), Laura Hayes (University College Cork), Ellen O’Carroll (University College Dublin), Ryan McGowan (Trinity College Dublin), Olivia McLoughlin (Dublin City University) and James Francis Hayes (University of Galway).