See what past Winners and Highly Commended Entrants have to say about their experience with the Undergraduate Awards.
"Seeing everyone's ideas was amazing, and not just hearing their ideas but getting to know the people. It almost felt like something magical because we were far away in Dublin and we all came together. I don't get to go away much, so going to Dublin felt like a dream. I kept thinking I'd wake up, and none of it would be real."
"Over the four-day Summit I had some of the most interesting conversations ever with some of the greatest human beings I have ever met. The diversity of the people in attendance was astounding as well as their ideas, perspectives and views of the world."
"I felt empowered, motivated and encouraged to never limit myself to the level of success I can achieve. It was also really nice to be applauded for all the hard work during my undergraduate studies."
"The whole conference was amazing. I think my highlight might be the interdisciplinary collaboration. I got to talk to people from so many backgrounds, cultures and disciplines that it was really eye-opening and gave me a lot of ideas."
"Thanks to UA, my college has awarded me a bursary towards my postgraduate studies and a job position as a Student Ambassador. UA has given me confidence in my abilities and has inspired me to strive for greatness in all areas of my life."
"I am a believer that the heart of innovation lies on the borders where diverse fields intersect. The Undergraduate Awards were the literal embodiment of this. When 150 attendees in 25 different disciplines come together, bringing with them an open mind to learn from others, you have the perfect recipe for great ideas and thought-provoking conversations!"
"The great strength of this event is the people, the dozens of students who come from all over the world and from all disciplinary horizons. It was incredible, a unique opportunity. I come back a person changed, both personally and in my academic and professional perspectives."
"Never did I think that I'd ever step into Ireland until the UA Global Summit, first time in Europe and I will never forget it! Being able to present my paper on Religious Studies on the same platform as other Arts and Science students truly exemplifies the dedication by UA to the pursuit of truth from different perspectives."
"I have no words to express my feelings about how much this award means to me. The Undergraduate Awards has inspired, energised and motivated me to go further in achieving excellence."
"Attending the UA Global Summit was an amazing experience. It gave me the opportunity to present my work to others at an international conference. No words will be enough to describe the feeling of being there. Every day I learnt new things from interacting with others. It is the best international meeting I have been to. I enjoyed every single day of it."
"At the UA Global Summit, I got some very valuable advice from Prof. Ian Robertson. The conversation I had with him has shaped an entire PhD proposal. I also met a Google manager at an Irish pub who has generously offered to help with any applications there! It was truly an awesome experience."
"Rarely do I have the opportunity to interact with and be inspired by global scholars outside of my STEM bubble. The moment I arrived I felt an instant connection with the other attendees because of our similar yet so beautifully diverse passions for academic work. Truly a life-changing experience."
"The UA Global Summit was an amazing experience marked by a rich exchange of ideas among undergraduates from all over the world. It is unlike any other awards programme in existence. Ensuring top-performing students are recognised at an undergraduate level will help to foster the next generation of world-leading academics."
"I left the UA Global Summit with the overwhelming feeling that the world needs more of what I experienced: From the lecturers to the simple act of meeting so many people from all over the globe, the UA Summit impressed on me, more than anything, the need for cooperation and empathy between nations, between disciplines, and between people worldwide."
"Even though the UA Global Summit was only four days, my life has been forever changed. My eyes have been opened to new possibilities and exciting new ideas. I have a newfound appreciation for international cross-disciplinary collaboration and I feel inspired and motivated to make local and global changes to our world."
"My personal experience as a UA Global Winner was one of huge positivity, inclusivity and fun! I can very sincerely say that being involved with UA was one of my best life experiences - and all because I clicked a button and submitted my paper."