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Denise O’Dea Perpetual Trophy presented for best first year results

Denise O’Dea Perpetual Trophy presented for best first year results

Published on: Thursday, 31 March 2016

Al Jubayet Talha  has been presented with the Denise O’Dea Perpetual Trophy for obtaining best marks in first year of the chemical and biopharmaceutical engineering degree in 2014-15.  Al is originally from Bangladesh. After graduating from Victory Charter High School in Idaho, USA, as an exchange student, he moved back to Bangladesh and started his A levels. He moved to Ireland in January 2014 with his family and completed his A levels with an equivalent to 595 CAO points. Currently he is in second year and will be undertaking summer work experience with Response Engineering.

Adam Walera was awarded the Trophy for his result in first year 2013-14.  Adam was born in Wroclaw, Poland, and has lived in Ireland for the past nine years.  He attended Colaiste Chriost Ri in Cork, where he sat his Leaving Certificate and gained 535 points.  Adam is currently concluding the taught modules of third year and will shortly be starting his work placement with Lilly.

Adam and Al are representative of the diversity in the CIT chemical and biopharmaceutical engineering student body.  As well as reflecting Polish and Bangla Deshi heritage, we have students with Indian, Malaysian, Omani, Pakistani, Slovakian and Spanish heritage.  Combine these with a large contingent from Brazil under the Brazilian government “Science without Borders” scholarship scheme, plus the occasional French or German Erasmus student, and it makes for an international flair – no longer is nearly everybody from Munster!

The Denise O’Dea Perpetual Trophy commemorates one of our students who died suddenly after a very short illness, immediately prior to her graduation. The Trophy was created by Donnacha Cahill, an artist living in Athenry, Co. Galway, and is based on a photograph of Denise working in the chemical engineering laboratory.