By Caoimhe Looney
Fourth year mathematical science student Dmytro Lyubka has been awarded the 2023 Hamilton Prize.
Lyubka is originally from Ukraine but came to Ireland 17 years ago and was one of nine recipients of the award granted to top mathematical students.
The Royal Irish Academy gifts the award every year to top mathematical students in their final year of study as nominated by their university.
Dmytro Lyubka said, “I am deeply honoured to receive this award, which not only recognises my dedication to mathematics but, more importantly, stands as a testament to the incredible support and encouragement I’ve received from my family and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Galway – both of whom have my sincerest gratitude.
“Mathematics has always been my passion, and this award only fuels my enthusiasm to continue exploring this vast and intricate world. I would like to extend my thanks to the RIA for organising the Hamilton Day Event, as well as to Professor Wendelin Werner for his invaluable advice and insights during the exclusive masterclass.”
“A tremendous honour”
As part of the award, winners are granted a cash prize of €500, a certificate of achievement and attend an exclusive class with the 2023 Hamilton Lecture speaker, Professor Wendelin Werner, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge.
Professor Aisling McCluskey, Head of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Galway, said, “On behalf of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Galway, I am delighted to acknowledge and celebrate the award to Dmytro Lyubka of the prestigious Hamilton Prize. The prize is a tremendous honour, recognising the exceptional talent of Dymtro and others like him from universities across the country. Indeed Dymtro’s Mathematical Science class of 2024 has a formidable talent base underscoring stiff competition for this special prize.
“We are fortunate to attract students of such calibre and to provide opportunities to harness and showcase their talent as they progress in final year and into future STEM careers. We are proud that Dymtro joins the list of Hamilton Prize winners, representing our School and our University nationally for the 2023 prize. Ar son na Scoile, comhghairdeachas, Dymtro!”
The Hamilton Prize commemorates Irish scientist William Rowan Hamilton and his discovery of quaternion algebra in Dublin on 16 October, 1843 – a four dimensional number system which has been used in satellite navigation and video game programming.