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University of Limerick students achieve gold standard of perfect academic records

Eoin O’Brien, Bachelor of science in Computer Systems, Ciara Leahy, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry, UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald and Jenna Bromell, Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Biochemical engineering Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media
Thu, 29 Aug 2019

A number of University of Limerick students have been honoured for achieving the pinnacle of academic excellence.

Gold standard was the order of the day this Wednesday for the three students who received the UL President’s Special Distinction Award for academic achievement.

Limerick students Jenna Bromell, Eoin O’Brien and Ciara Leahy all attained a perfect 4.0 QCA in their respective courses and graduated among 3,400 students this week at University of Limerick.

Jenna, from Castletroy, who graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Biochemical engineering, is also an international athlete having represented Ireland at Under 21 and Under 23 European Athletics events competing in 400m and 800m.

The record breaking athlete received a Glen Dimplex Scholarship Award and was a holder of one of the President’s Award Scholarships.

As a student she sat on the Chemical Sciences Athena Swan Committee at the University, but after graduating, Jenna is to take up a role with Johnson & Johnson in the coming weeks.

Ennis Road native Eoin O’Brien was similarly awarded the president’s special distinction with a perfect QCA of 4.0 and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems.

Amongst his honours and awards, Eoin was selected as one of the 30 under 30 by the Sunday Independent last November and in 2015, was awarded the highest academic achievement for that year’s leaving certificate examinations.

Eoin was also awarded the Stryker Scholarship when he began his studies at UL and is also the co-founder and chief technical officer at Tracworx, a real‐time, patient tracking system that drives hospital efficiencies, resulting in excellent care throughout the entire patient journey.

Eoin said that he was exploring a number of PhD options for the future.

Ciara Leahy from Ardnacrusha also graduated with a perfect score and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry after completing a co-op placement in Abbott Technologies.

Ciara said: “I loved my time at UL as it opened so many doors, but my passion now is to stay and complete a PhD in cancer research.”