**Maynooth University Department of Mathematics and Statistics**

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### 2023 Prize Winners

Please Note: The Department will ordinarily award a prize only if there is at least one student with an outstanding performance in an associated examination.

Delort Prize for First Year Double Mathematics |
Oisín Davey |

McMahon Prize for Penultimate Year Mathematics |
Adam Furlong |

De Brún Prize for Final Year Mathematics |
Gerhardt Kalusche |

Lennon Prize for First Year Mathematical Studies |
Josh Martin (shared) Aoife Sheridan (shared) |

Pamela Manly Prize for Second Year Mathematical Studies |
Michelle Gorman |

Denvir Prize for Honours Degree in Mathematical Studies |
Siobhán McGarry |

Boole Prize for Standard Mathematics in First Science |
David Murtagh |

Gauss Prize for Standard Mathematics in Second Science |
Haya Al-Mohammedi (shared) Ellen Hegarty (shared) |

Donaghy Prize for Third Year Applied Mathematics |
Jessica Ormonde |

Stokes Prize for Fourth Year Applied Mathematics |
Stephen Timlin |

Hamilton Prize for the best penultimate yearundergraduate mathematics student |
Matthew Byrne |

Huxley Prize for Euclidean Geometry |
Oisín Davey |

Huxley Prize for Pure Mathematics |
Gerhardt Kalusche |

Huxley Prize for the "History of Mathematics" module |
Stephen Timlin |

Geary Prize for 1st year Statistics |
Peter Cashen |

Wilcoxon Prize for 2nd Year Statistics |
Aoife Steenson |

Nightingale Prize for 3rd Year Statistics |
Eoghan Clancy |

Gosset Prize for Statistics in theB.A., B.Sc., or H.Dip. in Statistics |
Alesia Tratsiakova |

Spelman Prize for 1st/2nd TPM & M+MP |
Oisín Davey |

### 2022 Prize Winners

Delort Prize for First Year Double Mathematics |
Matthew Byrne | |

McMahon Prize for Penultimate Year Mathematics |
Gerhard Kalusche | |

De Brún Prize for Final Year Mathematics |
Eoghan Murphy | |

Lennon Prize for First Year Mathematical Studies |
Lee Power | |

Pamela Manly Prize for Second Year Mathematical Studies |
Siobhán McGarry | |

Denvir Prize for Honours Degree in Mathematical Studies |
Leah Mitchell | |

Boole Prize for Standard Mathematics in First Science |
Oisín Davey | |

Gauss Prize for Standard Mathematics in Second Science |
Jessica Ormonde | |

Donaghy Prize for Third Year Applied Mathematics |
Stephen Timlin | |

Stokes Prize for Fourth Year Applied Mathematics |
Brian Skelly | |

Hamilton Prize for the best penultimate yearundergraduate mathematics student |
Jordan Rossiter | |

Huxley Prize for Euclidean Geometry |
Matthew Byrne | |

Huxley Prize for Pure Mathematics |
Eoghan Murphy | |

Geary Prize for 1st Year Statistics |
Leanne Duignan | |

Wilcoxon Prize for 2nd Year Statistics |
Rachel McInerney | |

Nightingale Prize for 3rd Year Statistics |
Alesia Tratsiakova | |

Gosset Prize for Statistics in theB.A., B.Sc., or H.Dip. in Statistics |
Iris Kakouli Duarte | |

Spelman Prize for 1st/2nd TPM & M+MP |
Matthew Byrne |

### General Prizes

**The Hamilton Prize**

An annual prize is awarded to the best undergraduate mathematics student in his or her penultimate year of study, as nominated by each Irish university. It is presented at a ceremony in the Royal Irish Academy by that year’s Hamilton Lecturer, often a Nobel Prize winner or Fields Medallist.

The Hamilton Prize in Mathematics celebrates the life and work of the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865), who discovered quaternions and made major contributions to several areas of mathematical science.

**The Huxley Prize for the History of Mathematics**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the highest mark and a First Class Honours mark in the History of Mathematics module MT382A, chosen from those who have obtained an overall First Class Honours in Mathematical Studies, Pure Mathematics, or Applied Mathematics.

Instituted in honour of George Huxley, former Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Ancient Classics, Maynooth University.

**The Huxley Prize for Euclidean Geometry**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the highest mark and a First Class Honours mark in the module MT251P ("Foundations of Euclidean Geometry"), chosen from those who have obtained an overall First Class Honours in 1st year Pure Mathematics.

**The Spelman Prize**

The Monsignor Joseph Spelman Prize is for the best performance in either 1st year Theoretical Physics and Mathematics or second year Mathematics and Mathematical Physics.

### Prizes in Pure Mathematics

**The Delort Prize**

This prize is awarded for outstanding performance in Pure Mathematics in the First Year Examinations.

Instituted in honour of the Peter Justin Delort, first Maynooth Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1795–1801).

**The McMahon Prize**

This prize is awarded for outstanding performance in Pure Mathematics in the Penultimate Year Examinations.

Instituted in honour of the late James J. McMahon, a former Maynooth Professor of Mathematics (1960–1974).

**The De Brún Prize**

This prize is awarded for outstanding performance in Pure Mathematics in the Degree Examinations.

Instituted in honour of the late Pádraig De Brún, a former Maynooth Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1913–1945), perhaps best known as author of the poem "Thánaig Long ó Valparaiso".

**The Huxley Prize for Pure Mathematics**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the highest average mark across the three modules MT434P, MT441P, MT451P in the Pure Mathematics Degree Examinations.

Instituted in honour of George Huxley, former Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Ancient Classics, Maynooth University.

### Prizes in Mathematical Studies

**The Lennon Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Mathematical Studies in the First Year Examinations. This prize is open to students of both Maynooth University and the Pontifical University.

Instituted in honour of the late Francis Lennon, a former Maynooth Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1864–1912).

**The Pamela Manly Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Mathematical Studies in the Second Year Examinations. This prize is open to students of both Maynooth University and the Pontifical University.

Instituted in honour of the late Pamela Manly, a former student at Maynooth University.

**The Denvir Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Mathematical Studies in the Degree Examinations. This prize is open to students of both Maynooth University and the Pontifical University.

Instituted in honour of Cornelius Denvir, a former Maynooth Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1813–1826), best known for introducing Nicholas Callan to electricity and magnetism.

### Prizes in Standard Mathematics (1st and 2nd year) and in Applied Mathematics

**The Boole Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Standard Mathematics in the First Science Examinations.

Instituted in honour of the mathematician George Boole (1815-1864), who laid the foundations for Computer Science.

**The Gauss Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Standard Mathematics (20 ECTS) in the Second Science Examinations. Instituted in honour of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), who made major contributions to many areas of mathematical science.

**The Donaghy Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Applied Mathematics in the Third Year Examinations.

Instituted in honour of the late John Donaghy, a former Maynooth Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1912–1913).

**The Stokes Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Applied Mathematics in the Degree Examinations.

Instituted in honour of the Irish mathematician George Gabriel Stokes (1819–1903). The Navier-Stokes equations were named in his honour, and are the subject of a million dollar prize.

### Prizes in Statistics

**The Geary Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Statistics or Data Science in the First Arts or First Science examinations.

Instituted in honour of Robert (Roy) C. Geary (1896–1983), founder of both the Irish Central Statistics Office and the Economic and Social Research Institute known for his commitment to providing evidence-based research to inform public policy debate and decision-making.

**The Wilcoxon Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Statistics in the Second Science or Second Arts examinations.

Instituted in honour of Frank Wilcoxon (1892–1965), born in Co. Cork, a chemist and statistician known as a pioneer in the field of nonparametric statistics for his development of several statistical tests which still bear his name.

**The Nightingale Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Statistics in the Third Science or Third Arts examinations, or in the Higher Diploma in Statistics.

Instituted in honour of Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), known in statistics as a pioneer of data visualisation and the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society, whose graphical representations of data profoundly affected healthcare and other social reforms.

**The Gosset Prize**

This prize is awarded to the student obtaining the best result in Statistics or Data Science in the BSc degree examinations.

Instituted in honour of William S. Gosset (1876–1937), the statistician who published under the pseudonym ‘Student’, pioneered small-sample experimental design, and invented the famous t-test while working for Guinness Brewery in Dublin.

### Entry Awards

The Darré Exhibitions

These exhibitions are awarded on entry to students in First Year Double Mathematics, on the basis of marks in Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics and on their satisfactory participation in the course at Maynooth University.

Instituted in honour of André Darré, a former Maynooth Professor of Logic, Metaphysics and Ethics (1795–1801), and Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1801-1813), and author of the textbook Elements of Geometry.