Ruth's academic essay takes first prize and a gold award

By David tucker

Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00

Ruth with President Higgins at Dublin Castle.
Ruth with President Higgins at Dublin Castle.

A Wexford woman and a graduate of European Studies in Trinity College was awarded the First Prize and the Gold Medal in the recent International Undergraduate Awards hosted in Dublin Castle

An essay by Ruth Murphy, from Summerhill, 'Revelations of an anti-Genesis: the Muselmann, Primo Levi and Viktor Frankl' took first place in the Social Sciences category along with 24 other winners in different academic disciplines out of a field of 5,100 entrants worldwide.

Ruth was the only Irish Gold Medal winner this year. Her essay delves into the figure of The Muselmann a term which originated in camp slang, especially in Auschwitz. It was used to describe those on the edge on death; skeletal, the forsaken - the 'walking dead'.

A daughter of Liz and Cyril Murphy, Ruth was educated at the Mercy School, Johns Rd and Loreto Wexford. She graduated this year with a First Class Honours in European Studies from Trinity College having taken Italian and French as her two languages.

Her third year was spent on Erasmus in Siena, Italy. Upon finishing her final exams, Ruth received the Italian Cultural Institute of Dublin award for the best student of Italian in Trinity College. She is currently studying a diploma in classical singing and Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

The Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest academic awards programme, this year receiving more than 5,100 submissions from over 255 universities across the globe and is judged by an international panel of 267 academics from all over the world. All 25 winners are brought to Dublin for a four-day summit with talks from leading speakers and academics from around the world. Each winner presents their paper and it is subsequently published in an academic journal.

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