Tell It Straight Competition 2018

The final of this year’s Tell It Straight competition took place on DCU’s Glasnevin Campus on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Attendees were welcomed to the event by the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Joseph Stokes, and Prof Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, provided the opening remarks. In total, 15 finalists were shortlisted and all five of DCU’s faculties were represented in the final.

The annual GSO event challenges research students to present their research in short presentations, in a context that is suitable for a non-specialist audience. This is the sixth consecutive year of the competition, coordinated this year by Dr Stephen Carroll, GSO’s Graduate Training Coordinator.

Congratulations to all of our successful finalists and winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. Thanks also to the judging panel, which included:

  • Anthony McCauley, Head of Research, Fujitsu Ireland
  • Dr Claire O’Connell, Silicon Republic
  • Prof Carmel O’Sullivan, Director of Arts Education Research Group, TCD

The winners were presented with their awards by Prof Greg Hughes, Vice-President of Research & Innovation.

Category 1: Oral presentation (year 1 research students only)

Winner: Prajwal Doddaballapura Lakshmijayasimh,
School of Electronic Engineering
Title: ‘We are connected by fibres!’
Supervisor: Dr Prince Anandarajah


Orla Shannon, School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Title: ‘The Forgotten Female: Twentieth Century Irish Art Music and the Cultural Politics of Revival’
Supervisor: Dr Seán Doherty


Category 2: Oral presentation (year 2 onwards)

Winner: Stephen Behan, School of Health & Human Performance
Title: ‘Moving Well-Being Well – Getting Ireland’s Children Moving’
Supervisors: Dr Johann Issartel, Dr Sarahjane Belton and Prof Noel O’Connor


Anna Donnla O’Hagan, School of Health & Human Performance
Title: ‘Mayday Mayday….Fatigued Pilot on Board!!’
Supervisor: Dr Johann Issartel


Category 3: YouTube video (open to all years)

View this year’s Tell It Straight videos on YouTube

Winner: John Noone, School of Health & Human Performance
Title: ‘An Antioxidant Cocktail to Prevent the Metabolic Effects of Space Flight’
Dr Donal O’Gorman

Runner-up: Kim Connick, School of Biotechnology
Title: ‘Under the Sea’
Supervisor: Prof Christine Loscher


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