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College student receives Ireland’s prestigious Undergraduate Award

Monday, October 31, 2011
Richard Sun ’13 has received Ireland’s prestigious Undergraduate Award for academic excellence and innovation. Sun received the Oscar Wilde Gold Medal in the sustainability category for his paper on "Triple Bottom Analysis of Sustainable Urban Development." 
Sun, who is from Summit, N.J., flew to Ireland for an awards presentation on Oct. 28 at Dublin Castle. He was presented with an award medal by Irish President Mary McAleese.
Sun, who is majoring in economics and math with a special concentration in sustainable development, was one of 23 winners of the undergraduate award. He was selected from students at top universities in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.
He said he became interested in environmentalism when he served on the city council’s recycling advisory committee in his hometown. He also is a 2011 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholar for excellence in national environmental policy.

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