Submit your nomination for the Convocation postgraduate award

Award made to a student who has demonstrated significant academic achievement during the period in which he/she was registered on an Ulster University course.

2019 winners

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz is a 25 year old Colombian. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Cauca and is currently a postgraduate student in the Masters of International Tourism Management at Ulster University..

Due to her passion for social impact, she has always been engaged in local volunteering initiatives and has also travelled abroad to volunteer in projects and work in activities in Brazil, the USA and across the Cauca region in Colombia, where she was born and grew up. Her volunteering experience, at home and abroad, led her to lead local initiatives which contribute to peacebuilding in her country by empowering young people.

Using tourism to help heal the wounds of the conflict was a logical consequence of her volunteering experiences and the curiosity she encountered in many travellers. She is the Co-founder of Get Up and Go Colombia, an NGO that seeks to transform territories which were dominated by the armed conflict into cultural and gastronomic destinations for national and international tourists, contributing to the construction of peace in the region of Cauca through tourism as an engine that allows social and economic progress, changing the image and stigma of these areas and encouraging tourists to visit them.

She was selected as one of the most talented and promising young entrepreneurs in Latin America and The Caribbean for the program Young Leaders of The Americas Initiative (YLAI 2017) by the US State Department as well as other international recognitions such as Chevening Award funded by the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens 2019 by AFS International in Canada and recently part of Generation Change Exchange with His Holiness The Dalai Lama by the US Institute of Peace (USIP).

Nadim Aitya

Nadim Aitya has received the Convocation Postgraduate Student of the Year Award 2019, in recognition of his research in
Computational Neuroscience.

Making a significant contribution to the emerging field of metacognitive sciences, he has developed the first biologically based computational brain model that encodes, in real time, decision confidence while accounting for change-of-mind behaviour, bridging the two previously separate fields of study.

Presenting his research findings at major international conferences, he was also selected to attend the prestigious Deep Learning & Reinforcement Learning Summer School in Canada. Nadim’s work has also been covered in various media outlets and has led to subsequent collaborative work with National University of Ireland Galway, facilitated by the Santander Mobility Award.

The success of his doctoral research has culminated in him securing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the prestigious and world leading Max Planck University College London Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. Alongside leading researchers Nadim will work on computational modelling of decision-making and its link to mental health disorders.

Aside from his academic achievements and despite his busy schedule, Nadim is often pro-active in supporting and mentoring students, and organising extra-curricular activities for the research group in Ulster University, including leading a research club.

Overall, Nadim has shown exceptional qualities in intellectual abilities, academic attainment, diligence, creativity, leadership and integrity and we wish him every success in his future endeavour.

Previous Winners
2018 Katie Christie
2017 Azadeh Sobout
2016 Alan Kennedy
2015 David Courtney
2014 Vahab Youssofzadeh
2013 Somak Mitra
2012 Bill Tormey

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Submit your nomination for the Convocation postgraduate award.

Convocation postgraduate award criteria

Criteria to be eligible for this award, with examples.