NUI Galway student awarded prestigious international prize

Pictured is Ciara Fitzgerald, CISC, NUI Galway receiving her prize from Ashley Stevens, immediate past president of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Pictured is Ciara Fitzgerald, CISC, NUI Galway receiving her prize from Ashley Stevens, immediate past president of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

A doctoral fellow at the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC ) at NUI Galway, Ciara Fitzgerald, was presented with second prize in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM ) Graduate Student Literature Review Prize at their annual meeting in Las Vegas recently.

Originally from Bishopstown, Co Cork, Ms Fitzgerald’s studies are funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI 4 ) as part of the Irish Social Sciences Platform. Her research is focused on examining strategic planning and formulation practices in the Irish Technology Transfer Office and her prize-winning paper focused on Legitimacy, Mission and Management: Key Challenges for Technology Transfer Offices.

The criteria for this global competition include topic saliency to AUTM members, adequate richness of discussion for application to practice, and strength of conceptual framework in organising the review. As a prize winner, Ms Fitzgerald was invited to attend the AUTM Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, where her achievement was announced at an all-conference session and where her award plaque was presented. Furthermore, she was invited to present her work at the Conference.

“This is an outstanding achievement for Ciara and all at CISC at NUI Galway would like to congratulate her on her success,” said Dr James Cunningham, Director of the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change at NUI Galway.

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