Life and Physical Sciences Students Make AIT’s Academic Honour Roll

Celebrating accomplishment throughout the student lifecycle.

Athlone Institute of Technology’s Department of Life and Physical Sciences recently held an awards ceremony celebrating the academic success of its high achieving students.

Fifty students across seven programmes achieved a GPA of 70% - meeting the threshold for the award which is intended to acknowledge academic excellence throughout the student lifecycle.

Among those receiving commendations were students studying veterinary nursing, bioveterinary science, microbiology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, toxicology and applied science.

Dr Nuala Commins, who heads the Department of Life and Physical Sciences, presented students with an engraved silver medal and certificate in recognition of their academic achievements.

She said that the students’ commitment to their subject area, work ethic and resilience was evident and asked them to reflect upon the help and support that they received from friends, family and faculty – all of which contributed to their academic success.

Speaking at the event, President of Athlone Institute of Technology, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, commended students on their achievements and talked about the importance of recognising academic accomplishment during the student lifecycle.

He also encouraged students to consider pursuing postgraduate research upon successful completion of their undergraduate education, and said his plan was to invest further in postgraduate studies as Athlone Institute of Technology transitions into Ireland’s second technological university.

An additional commendation was awarded to students Ciara Fitzpatrick and Justyna Twardoch in recognition of their respective exceptional results in the academic year 2018/19.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a contemporary third level institute distinguished by academic excellence in teaching, learning and research. The institute was awarded The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017. The institute also tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research’ in 2018 and 2019. Athlone Institute of Technology is currently ranked number one nationally for student satisfaction - a position it has maintained for six consecutive years. For more information relating to the institute’s CAO programmes, visit #ChooseAIT

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