DIT student picks up Undergraduate Award at Dublin ceremony


Zhixiao Wang and Dr. Mae Jemison  

20 November 2013: Computer science graduate Zhixiao Wang picked up his Bram Stoker Gold Medal from the Undergraduate Awards last week.

It was announced in September that Zhixiao Wang was awarded for his piece “Cryptography E-Learning Platforms” in the Computer Sciences and Information Technology section.

Zhixiao received the award in person at a presentation ceremony in Dublin City Hall.

He has just completed a BSc in Computer Science at DIT and is now working as a developer.  Seven DIT students were shortlisted for the awards – as well as Zhixiao’s medal for his win, the other DIT undergraduates received Highly Commended certificates.

Dr. Mae Jemison, a retired NASA astronaut who was the first black woman in space, delivered the keynote address at the event.

The Undergraduate Awards is the only international pan-discipline academic awards programme in the world, in operation across the island of Ireland since 2009 and operating globally since 2011. It aims to recognise the best students in the world and to connect them to one another so as to encourage inter-disciplinary co-operation that also transcends borders.

The awards ceremony last Friday was the final event of the three-day UA Global Summit, which saw the winners from both the international and Irish categories attend a series of talks and workshops, delivered by acclaimed international field experts. The bulk of the Summit took place throughout the day on Thursday at Farmleigh House, after which the participants meet An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

The 2014 Undergraduate Awards Programme is now open for registrations and submissions. You can do so here

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