For the 2018 award entries are invited on topics related to the theme:

Science: Whose Truth? Whose Facts?

The award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in an Irish higher education institution at the time of submission. The entries may be in the form of an article, essay, radio programme, video, blog posts, or similar. The work may be published (but not before 1 September 2017) or unpublished, and it may or may not be based on the student’s coursework.

As guidance on the scope of an entry, this might be a single essay, a series of blog posts, a group of mini-features, all adding up to 2,000-3,000 words, or a video or audio production of 10-15 minutes. The theme may be approached in terms of a case study or single issue, or more broadly. It may be covered through a set of interviews or a sustained argument. These indications are offered for guidance only; they are not prescriptive.

Submissions for the award should include evidence of current registration as a student, and an attestation that the submitted work is the applicant’s original work.

Conditions of Entry


Deadline for submission – 30 March 2018

Announcement of winner and award presentation – May 2018


Any queries should be directed to the Administrator of the Mary Mulvihill Award: In the event that the electronic file of the work is too large to send by email, please contact the Competition Administrator: Cormac Sheridan, in good time for advice on how to submit.

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