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DIT Mathematical Sciences Student wins Hamilton Prize

Posted: 6 February, 2018

Final-year DIT Mathematical Sciences student, Oliwia Jarosz, recently received the prestigious Hamilton Prize from the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).

DIT Hamilton Prize Winner Oliwia Jarosz (L-R Pat Guiry, Oliwia Jarosz, Salam Al-Sabah of Arup)

The Hamilton Prize is bestowed upon the top students of Mathematics in their penultimate undergraduate year, as nominated by ten higher education institutions on the island of Ireland. Oliwia was awarded the Hamilton Prize for 2017 but the ceremony, due to take place on Hamilton Day, was postponed due to storm Ophelia. Hamilton Day is an RIA initiative sponsored by Arup that commemorates the contribution of William Rowan Hamilton, Ireland’s most famous scientist, to mathematics. Speaking after the presentation, Oliwia expressed her happiness at winning the Hamilton Prize, “I was delighted when I heard about winning, and I hope that it is something that will distinguish me from other candidates when I start looking for work.”

Oliwia has always had an interest in maths and credits her success to the excellent teachers she has had throughout her education, particularly during her time on the Mathematical Sciences programme at DIT. She also believes more can be done to encourage higher numbers of girls and boys to study Maths at third-level and beyond. “We should be thinking about how to enable every person to pursue their interest in Maths and to improve their access to great teachers, resources and technologies.”

Oliwia is in her final year in DIT, and although she has no definite plans for her future, she is interested in pursuing further education in statistics and data analysis. “I think I'd like to learn more about statistics and data analysis to possibly work in that field. For now, though, I'm hoping to finish my final year and go travelling in the summer.”

Dr Chris Hills, the Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT commented, “Oliwia is an excellent student, and we are very proud of her achievements. Oliwia embodies the ethos of our mathematical sciences programme with its focus on technical skills, employability, problem-solving and the applications of mathematical sciences.  She is very well equipped for a successful career as a mathematician in a variety of sectors from data analysis to finance or for postgraduate study.  We wish her every success on that journey and look forward to keeping in touch.”

About Hamilton Day

Hamilton Day commemorates a ground-breaking discovery by Ireland’s most famous scientist. On 16 October 1843, William Rowan Hamilton discovered quaternion algebra, while walking along the Royal Canal from Dunsink Observatory to the RIA. This was one of those very rare Eureka moments in the history of science. So excited was he by his discovery that he scratched his equation on the wall of Broome Bridge, Cabra.