Séamus Ó Ceallaigh

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Séamus Ó Ceallaigh (or Sham as he is known) graduated in September 2006 from UCC with a BSc (Hons - First Class) in Physical and Mathematical Sciences in UCC. He was named as UCC Graduate of the Year 2006. He has been awarded a Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology Research (IRCSET) Scholarship to pursue an MSc in Applied Mathematics. His research entails a stability analysis of non-linear systems involving hysteresis. His research will be is described in hisResearch Proposal.

He will take up a position as Market Risk Analyst with Depfa Bank Plc based in the IFSC, Dublin in October 2007.

Philosoph Involvement[edit]

Séamus served as Finance Officer for the 153rd Session. Notoriously tight with the Philosoph cheque book, the Philosoph turned such a profit in the 153rd Session it could afford to elect the numerically dyslexic Pádraig MacAmhlaoibh as Finance Officer for the following session. He famously refused Diarmuid Cahalane money for A0 posters. This forced Diarmuid to develop the infamous BOARD method of advertising, which involved spending endless man hours cutting and selo-taping a4 pages to make large posters, a practice much hated by committee members.

He was a key member of the Tab team for the Cork IV in 2001 through to 2004. He also helped the Tab team during the Cork Europeans 2005. He judged at the 2005 Cork IV.

He represented the Philosoph at the 2002 TCD IV with Diarmuid Cahalane and the 2003 UCD L&H Vice-Presidents Cup with Niamh Murphy. He also debated at the 2002 Bristol IV with Derek Lande.

He has played in the Philosoph Lawsoc Grudge Match three times and was one of the proposers of the original PMT motion at the Lawsoc house meeting.

He was a guess speaker at the Philosoph in the 156th Session proposing the motion that "This house would abolish the SU".

He was awarded the first Philosoph wiki Barnstar for outstanding contribution and dilgence in developing the wiki.

Action from the 2nd Grudge Match. Séamus Ó Ceallaigh overawed by Pádraig MacAmhlaoibh's ball controll

Students' Union Involvement[edit]

He previously served as Education officer / Deputy President of UCC Students' Union in 2004/2005. Critics say he started the modern day take over of the UCC Students' Union by the Philosoph. The following year Pádraig MacAmhlaoibh was elected President of the Union and recently Derek Doyle has been elected Education officer / Deputy President.

While as Education Officer, he was the only student representative to vote against the controversial extension of Prof. Wrixons tenure as President of UCC. He claims his key achievements as Education Officer were introducing a University wide policy of Module Appraisal, the official recognition of extra-curricular activities on Academic Transcripts of students (despite criticism from rightwing elements in the UCC student body), the significant increase in budget of the Students' Union, Athletic Union and Societies Guild, the securing of extra office space for the Union/Societies and lifting the cap on the wage budget of the Boole Library which eventually paved the way for additional opening hours.

UCD Observer story and a Sunday Times Report.

He has also served as Class Rep for Mathematics and Applied Mathematics classes each of his college years as well as being the Undergraduate Science Representative both on the Science Faculty and at Academic Council. He has regularily campaigned for UCCSU's disaffiliation from USI.

Other Society Involvement[edit]

Séamus is heavily involved in the UCC Mathsoc. He has served as OCM in 2001-2002, as Vice-Auditor in 2002-2003, as Auditor in 2003-2004 (which he was awarded a Bene Merenti at the Societies Guild Awards 2004), as Ex-Officio Officer in 2004-2005 and last year served as Competitions Officer.

He was awarded a UCC Entrance Scholarship based on Leaving Certificate results and was awarded the title College Scholar in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. In 2004, he was part of a winning UCC team in the Mathematical Competition in Modelling. Judged one of the six "Outstanding” entries amongst over six hundred teams from across the globe, the team also consisted of Aidan Crangle and Alva Sheehy were awarded the "Informs Prize". They are only the second UCC (and Irish) team to receive the award. Their winning paper was published in the Undergraduate Journal Of Applied Mathematics (UMAP) 25.3 Fall 2004 Edition.

In the summer of 2002, he was chosen by the Faculty of Science to represent UCC at the London International Youth Science Forum.

Séamus served as the Finance Officer of the UCC Societies' Guild for the year 2006/07.

Schools Debating[edit]

While at Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh Séamus reached the Munster Schools' Debating Competition Semi-final 1999 with partner Raphael Ó Muirthile and he reached the same stage in 2000 with partner Brendan Long. Sham also competed in the GaelLinn Debating Competition. The Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh Debating Society (of which he was Recording Secretary and Vice-Chairperson) annual awards are called the "Sham awards" in his honour and have been presented every year since Séamus's departure.


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