For the second year running Ulster Bank recognise the hard work of UCD students, awarding four students from University College Dublin a monetary prize based on their professional work experience (PWE) during the 3rd year of their undergraduate degree from various different divisions of the school of Agricultural.
Ulster Bank recognise the hard work of UCD students
The four students chosen based on their enthusiasm and commitment during PWE were Eamon Corcoran (Animal and Crop Production), Martin Ryan (Animal Science), Yvette Barnes (Food Science), and Aisling Burns (Human Nutrition).
Eamon Corcoran (Animal and Crop Production)
Eamon carried out his PWE on a number of farming enterprises throughout the country. He began with a sheep husbandry placement on a pedigree charollais ewe flock in Co. Kilkenny. From there he went to Johnstown castle research centre in Co.Wexford where he worked with a beef enterprise. Eamon worked on a pig farm in Co. Carlow and also in a famer’s co-op and finally in a Teagasc advisory centre in Co. Kilkenny.
Martin Ryan (Animal Science)
Martin worked both in Ireland and abroad. He began his placement in a large sheep and suckler farm in Scotland. He then returned to Ireland and gained valuable experience in the dairy and pig industries.
Yvette Barnes (Food Science)
Yvette found her work experience extremely interesting in the Head Office of Eddie Rockets. Her projects included investigating health and safety, HACCP and a calorie count for various meals. Her favourite part of the project was developing a new product for the Shake Shop which involved tasting sessions of chocolate, cream and various other delicious ingredients, before finalising the new product.
Aisling Burns (Human Nutrition)
Aisling travelled to the UK where she carried out a research study investigating the tolerability of a non-digestible carbohydrate, at the University of Nottingham. The aim of the study was to determine if this carbohydrate could be a potential replacement for sweeteners, providing less energy. This is an important topic as obesity is a problem affecting increasingly more people worldwide. Aisling was also involved in a number of other studies in the area of sports and nutrition which she thoroughly enjoyed.