The SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.
In 2016 the competition was further developed to include a specific award for an industry leader.
Both the industry and academic medals recognize individuals who are not only outstanding in their fields of expertise but who also have demonstrably assisted researchers in Ireland in either academia or industry – via mentorship, supervision, collaboration, industrial development, entrepreneurship or who have made significant contributions to developing the research ecosystem in Ireland.
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Dr. Craig R. Barrett and Professor Séamus Davis both presented the 2016 SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal by Mr Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Washington DC on the 16th of March 2016.
Minister Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has supported the Medal through the following statement:
2015 saw the publication of Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, the Government’s clear and explicit commitment to the continued support, connection and evolution of Ireland’s relationship with our Diaspora. Our Irish communities abroad, whether by birth, descent or affiliation spread the story of our nation and our achievements. The bestowal of the Nobel Prize to Donegal born Professor William C. Campbell just months ago is a prime example of the depth and wealth of this community.
As Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development I am delighted to support initiatives such as the Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal. The medal is an annual award that recognises individuals working in the USA who are not only outstanding in their fields of expertise, but who also have demonstrably assisted researchers here in Ireland. In 2016 the competition was expanded to encompass individuals not only from academia but also industry leaders, thus acknowledging the contributions from both facets of research.
This year’s awardee of the Industry Medal, Dr. Craig Barrett played a significant role in the establishment of Intel’s european manufacturing base in Leixlip, heralding Ireland as the future home to high-tech industry. He is also a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. Professor Séamus Davis of Cornell University received the Academic Medal for 30 years of outstanding contribution to modern Physics. A graduate of University College Cork, Professor Davis remains engaged with the Irish academic community as both a frequent visitor and speaker.
I strongly encourage submissions to the 2017 award. It represents an important platform for the U.S. Academic Community and Irish Business Networks in the U.S to showcase individuals displaying excellence in mentorship, supervision, collaboration, industrial development, entrepreneurship or who have made significant contributions to developing the research ecosystem in Ireland. The closing date for competition entries is the 7th October 2016. Nominees must be an Irish scientist, engineer or industry leader who, at the time of the nomination, are living and working in the USA.