Undergraduate Awards – Highly Commended 2017

by | Sep 13, 2017

Congratulations to the following students and graduates who have been Highly Commended in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards.

These aim to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide.

There were 6,432 submissions from students in 299 Institutions across 47 countries. As a Highly Commended Entrants of The Undergraduate Awards, the following ten students have now been identified as having among the best undergraduate coursework globally.

The overall winners will be announced later in September, and invited to the UA Global Summit in Dublin in November.

Joanne Hall, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2017

Joanne has been Highly Commended in the Visual Arts category, for a submission entitled ‘Traces’.

This project is the result of a series of explorations along the coast of Fife, where I discovered a variety of fossil fragments dating to the Carboniferous period, 330 million years ago. Locked within the surfaces of these ancient stones are traces of life no longer in existence; a captured moment rendered permanent in stone, shadows from another world. Through experimentation with delicate and ephemeral materials, contrasted with the physicality of my fossil finds, I attempt to capture the space between knowing and being, where the physical world meets our interpretation of it.

She is now studying for a Masters in Fine Art & Humanities at the University of Dundee.

Check her website

Alex North, 5th year Medical Student

Alex has been Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category for a literature review entitled ‘Does Management of Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries Correspond with Anatomical Principles?’

He reviewed the current literature on the anatomy of the joint and considered how the surgically reconstructed joint differed, which he completed with Professor Wilkinson during his intercalated year BMSc (Hons) Anatomy. Since then he has returned to Medicine, and is just starting final year.

Ruby Main, 4th year MA Philosophy student

Ruby has been Highly Commended in the Philosophy category.

Her submission was called ‘The Walls of Our Cage: A Critical Investigation into the Role of Limits and Restrictions in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations’. This was an essay looking for a common thread or theme through the main works of Wittgenstein.

She edited and submitted her essay while on a semester abroad at the Australian National University in Canberra, and was also a recipient of a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship.

Maxim Tsenkov, BSc (Hons) Molecular Genetics, 2017

Maxim has been Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category, he is now doing a Wellcome Trust funded PhD.

His thesis project was titled ‘Characterising mutant versions of PML-RARa derived from relapsed patients with refractory acute promyelocytic leukaemia’.

For his final year research project, he characterised unique mutations of an oncoprotein, derived from relapsed patients with refractory acute promyelocytic leukaemia. The aim of his project was to understand why certain patients,harbouring these rare mutations, were resistant to arsenic trioxide as the treatment.

He was an Associate President of the School of Life Sciences, where he facilitated and supported the communication of students’ concerns to the School of Life Sciences and the University.

Daniel McCallum, 4th year MA Geopolitics student

Daniel has been Highly Commended in the Politics & International Relations category.

The title is his essay was ‘What does it mean for human rights to be “universal”?’, and it examined the key debates on and differing perspectives of the universality of human rights. The arguments of an array of different authors were broken down and placed into four broad approaches to this question: Absolute Universality, Cultural Relativism, Practical Universality and Retaliative Universality. The essay aimed to evaluate these approaches, and conclude which approach was most convincing.

Martha Andrews, Interior & Environmental Design Graduate 2017

Martha has been Highly Commended in the Architecture & Design category.

Her submission is called ‘Headspace: Creating A Happier Hospital’, as follows:

As the strong connection between happiness and wellbeing and good physical and mental health is being increasingly recognised the emotional strain of hospital environments is calling to be addressed.

Ninewells Hospital is a large teaching hospital in Dundee, Scotland that is internationally renowned for its innovative research projects. Whilst life-changing work is carried out in the building on a day-to-day basis, the hospital environment remains an unpleasant prospect for many whether attending as a patient, as a member of staff or as a visitor. In order to support happiness and wellbeing it is essential the hospital building reflects the amazing work going on within.

With the backing of NHS surgeon Rodney Mountain, Headspace re-imagines and re-purposes a series of rooftop and courtyard spaces that exist throughout the hospital to encourage users to take time out from the clinical environment, to connect with nature and thereby boost personal happiness and wellbeing.

The designs aim to introduce accessible nature into the hospital environment with details reflecting the patterns of the sun from the site throughout summer and winter. With influence from the Biophilic Theory of Prospect & Refuge, each space references the Scottish Bothy within three different areas of nature, connecting the hospital with the city of Dundee and surrounding environments.

Sarah has been Highly Commended for two pieces of work in the Literature category.

She is now studying for a Masters in English Studies at the University of Dundee.

Sarah Coakley

MA (Hons) American Studies & English 2017

Michaela has been Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category, she is now doing a Wellcome Trust funded PhD. Michaela Omelkova

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, 2017

Jordan graduated MA (Hons) Psychology in 2016, has been Highly Commended in the Psychology category. Jordan Skrynka

MA (Hons) Psychology

David has been Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category. David Wright

BSc (Hons) Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery, 2017