A group of the world’s top performing students gathered in Dublin from 11-13 November 2019 to take part in the Global Undergraduate Summit, a 3-day conference where students from 38 universities, 12 countries and 25 different categories gathered to collaborate and share research.
In total, The Global Undergraduate Awards (UA) received more than 3,400 submissions from undergraduates in 338 universities from 50 countries to the 2019 programme. There is no other event of this scale or academic breadth and quality that is focused exclusively on the work of undergraduates.
Students presented their work from the 25 different categories showcasing this year’s top undergraduate work from across the sciences, humanities, business and the creative arts. The winning students for 2019 represented universities in the UAE, the United States, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Ireland.
Erin Burnett from Union Theological College at Queen’s University Belfast was Highly Commended in the social sciences category; her paper, An Investigation into Societal Pressures Faced by Japanese Christians, was in the top 10% of her category.
Speaking about her award Erin said,
My paper researches the difficulties Japanese Christians face in a country where less than 1% of the population are Christian. There is no longer any legal or violent persecution of Christians, but subtle social pressures can be equally damaging.
The primary methods of investigation were interviews with Japanese Christians and an exploration of relevant literature, particularly the work of Dr Samuel Lee. I sought to apply practical case studies from my time in Japan in order to bring the literature to life.
The paper found that indigenous Japanese Christians face a multitude of difficulties regarding their national identity, familial relationships and balancing their religious life with a culture of overwork both in education and employment.