Teagasc has announced the winners of the 2021 Walsh Scholar of the Year competition.
Peter Doyle was chosen as the Teagasc Walsh Scholar Gold Medal winner for 2021.
Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Research at Teagasc, awarded the medal to Doyle at a special online ceremony hosted by broadcaster, Jonathan McCrea.
2021 Walsh Scholar of the Year competition
Peter is a Teagasc Walsh Scholar based at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange, Co. Meath.
He is a PhD candidate registered with University College Dublin and funded by Teagasc, investigating the production and quality attributes of grass-fed beef.
Speaking about his experiences with The Teagasc Walsh Scholarship Programme, Peter said:
“The programme has provided me with great opportunities and experiences examining many aspects within the beef industry.”
“The best advice that I can give to potential scholars, is to do a research topic that you are truly passionate about.”
There are currently 35 PhD scholarships available at Teagasc in association with national and international universities and institutes of technology.
Peter won the overall award after winning the Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Programme category.
The winners in the other categories were:
Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme category.
Tara O’Connor is the winner of the Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme category. She is based at the Teagasc Crop Science Department in Oak Park, Co. Carlow.
Her research looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the barley immune system and developing durable disease resistance in barley. She is a PhD candidate registered with Maynooth University and funded by Teagasc.
Teagasc Food Programme category
Jie Han is the winner of the Teagasc Food Programme category. Jie based at Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark, Co. Cork.
Her project focuses on understanding and controlling dairy powder breakage during transportation and production to improve the functionality of dairy powders.
Han is a PhD candidate registered with University College Cork and funded by Teagasc. She also received a special award from the Institute of Food Science and Technology Ireland (IFSTI).
Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme category
Tracy Bradfield is the winner of the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme category. Tracy, based at the Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department, Teagasc.
She is investigating how land mobility and structure affect farms’ economic performance. Tracy is a PhD candidate registered with University College Cork and funded by Teagasc.
Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Programme category
Lisa O’Toole is the winner of the Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Programme category. Lisa is a Teagasc Walsh Scholar based at the Portlaoise Advisory Office, Co. Laois.
Her study focuses on developing an understanding of the relationships and methodologies to encourage contract cropping agreements.
Lisa is a postgraduate student registered with University College Dublin doing an MSc in Agricultural & Extension Programme with Teagasc and UCD.
Professor Frank O’Mara, Teagasc Director of Research, congratulated all award winners and shortlisted scholars.
“Today’s event showcased former and current Walsh Scholars and highlighted the high calibre, talented scholars coming through the programme who are about to embark on their careers in the agri-food industry.”