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Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award

Applications Invited for the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award


– Launch of Science Journalism Competition for Third Level Students

– €2,000 Award for Best Entry on Women’s Contribution to Science
Dublin, 2 November 2016

We are pleased to invite applications for the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award, which commemorates
the work and legacy of journalist, author and Ingenious Ireland founder Mary Mulvihill (1959-2015).
Mary Mulvihill was a pioneer and an outstanding exponent of science writing and broadcasting. She
wrote and broadcast for a wide variety of media, on a vast range of science- and technology-related
topics. Her work was marked by an insatiable curiosity about the natural world and the role of science
in understanding it, and by a boundless imagination in telling stories about scientific explorations,
both now and in the past.

The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award of €2,000 will be given to the student whose entry, in the
judges’ view, best represents the curiosity, creativity and story-telling imagination that Mary
Mulvihill showed in her work. In this, the first year of the competition, entries are invited on topics
related to women’s contribution to science and technology, historical or contemporary.
The award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in an Irish higher education
institution at the time of submission. The entries may be in the form of an article, essay, radio
programme, video, blog posts, or similar. The work may be published (not before 1 September 2016)
or unpublished, and it may or may not be based on the student’s coursework.

As guidance on the scope of an entry, this might be a single essay, a series of blog posts, a group of

mini-features, all adding up to 2,000-3,000 words, or a video or audio production of 10-15 minutes.
These indications are offered for guidance only; they are not prescriptive.

Submissions for the award should include evidence of current registration as a student, and an attestation that the submitted work is the applicant’s original work.

The judges for the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Prize in this first year of its operation are:
Orla Hardiman, Professor of Neurology, Trinity College Dublin & Consultant Neurologist,
Beaumont Hospital Dublin
Ann O’Dea, CEO & co-founder Silicon Republic, founder Inspirefest
Anne Mulvihill, Sister of Mary Mulvihill
Fiona Ross, Founding director Epic Ireland Museum

The schedule for the competition is as follows:
Deadline for submission – Friday 3 March 2017
Announcement of winner – May 2017

Any queries should be directed to the Administrator of the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Prize:
MaryMulvihillAward@gmail.com. Finished submissions should also be sent to this address by 3
March 2017. In the event that the electronic file of the work is too large to send by email, please
contact the Administrator in good time for advice on how submission. Any additions or updates to the
competition process will be posted on the Facebook page of the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award.

About The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Prize Fund

The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Prize Fund was established by the family and friends of the late Mary
Mulvihill (1959–2015) to honour her memory and her work in science journalism, science
communication and heritage and to promote her legacy. It administers and awards funds to support
work that commemorates her work and its significance.

High Resolution Pictures Available On Request

Press Contact:
Cormac Sheridan
Competition Administrator
Telephone: 01-868-9306

Mary Mulvihill Memorial Association
Patron:  Professor Brian Dolan
Chair: Professor Margaret Kelleher
Treasurer: Dr Ena Prosser
Secretary: Anne FitzGerald
Committee Members: Noirín Mulvihill, Anne Mulvihill, Therese Caherty, Anna Heussaff, Dr Marion Palmer, Dr Cormac Sheridan, Brian Trench.