Peter Curran Award

Peter Curran Award

The ASI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award, to be presented at each future annual Irish National Astronomy Meeting. The award will recognise the best contributions to INAM by a graduate student presenter.

The award is named after one of the most distinguished members of Ireland’s astronomical diaspora, Peter Curran, who did a BSc and MSc in University College Cork, a Ph.D. in the Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute of the University of Amsterdam, and went on to develop a strong research programme in GRBs at The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Curtin University in Perth, following positions at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) of University College London, and the Service d’Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay near Paris.

2021 Winners

The 2021 winner of the Peter Curran Award for best student talk is Maxime Deckers from Trinity College Dublin.

The talk, titled SNe Ia & Bumps, focused on the new era of time-domain surveys which has led to an increase in the number of Type Ia supernovae caught soon after explosion.

Past Winners of the Peter Curran Award

2020 Winners

In 2021, there were two winners of the Peter Curran Award 2020 for best student talk. These winners are Emma Callis from UCD, who gave a talk on “SN2018zd – Rare signatures of interaction in a Type IIP SN”, and Shannon Matthews from QUB, who gave a talk on “High-resolution spectroscopy of exoplanet atmospheres using Doppler tomography”

Honourable mentions also go to Stephen Carolan, Seán Brennan, Aoife Curran, Camille Stock and Laura Murphy.

2019 Winners

In 2019, the winner of the Peter Curran award was Meabh Doyle. 

2018 Winners

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2017 Winners

In 2017, the Peter Curran Award was given to Shane Moran from UCD.

2016 Winners

The winner of the Peter Curran Award 2016 for best student talk was Donna Rodgers Lee from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her talk title was “Low energy protostellar cosmic rays in protoplanetary disks”

The winner of the Peter Curran Award 2016 for best student poster was Aoife Maria Ryan

Special mentions also go to Cormac Larkin for his talk “Photometric data mining and the search formassive stars  in the SMC” and to Sarah Walsh for her poster “‘Temporal and spectral behavior of very late X-ray GRB afterglows”

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