PATRICK Burke, a recent graduate from Mary Immaculate College, received a gold medal from President Michael D Higgins for his “innovative undergraduate research” at an awards ceremony in Dublin.
Mr Burke won the Teacher Education category in the 2012 Undergraduate Awards, which identify top Irish students and marks their research.
Patrick, a recent graduate in Education and Psychology who is now teaching in Dublin, received the accolade for his essay entitled Rewarding Results in Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic: Literacy and numeracy today and during payment-by-results in Irish primary schools (1872-1899).
The awards ceremony was held in Dublin recently, an event that brought together some of the country’s most impressive budding academics.
The president commended the students on their “remarkable achievement”.
“All of the submissions being recognised here today are a reassuring reminder of the great wealth of innovative and imaginative talent that exists amongst our young people – the leaders, policy makers, scientists and artists of the future. I would like to congratulate all of our awardees here today and wish them every success,” he said.