SURE Prize Award

In the recent awards for the SURE scheme for 2019, Dario Trimarchi, a dual Politics/Philosophy student, has won the prize for the best dissemination of a project for his powerpoint presentation, and was shortlisted for the prize for student researcher of the year.

SURE Award

Dario received funding for the summer of 2019 through the SURE scheme, which funds research projects proposed by second year undergraduates at the university. Dario was awarded funding for a project on Cornelio Fabro (1911-1995), an Italian Catholic priest whoworked on Aquinas and also on Kierkegaard, the Danish Lutheran philosopher. Dario’s research involved the translation into English of a paper by Fabro on Kierkegaard and Luther, and a report on Fabro’s attempt to develop a more Catholic interpretation of Kierkegaard in this paper. Dario’s project was supervised by Professor Robert Stern, who is conducting research into the reception of Luther, so that Dario’s translation and study of Fabro provided an ideal focus for this collaboration.

Dario has commented on his experience: ‘This project has given me an amazing insight of what it means to do research. While I started it with the idea of working in academia, by the end I was convinced that this is what I want to do. Every day is a new challenge, a new problem to solve, a new interpretation of what you thought you had already interpreted. Although some might say it is frustrating, I found it engaging and exhilarating. I was also lucky to have a great supervisor in this journey, who has managed to guide me while at the same time helping me to be an independent researcher, supporting my project and putting me in touch with other academics, giving me the chance to debate with them. I think this has probably been the most valuable experience during my three years at the University and I need to thank my supervisor, as well as everybody who has organised the scheme, for giving me this opportunity.’

Robert Stern added: ‘I am really pleased Dario’s work has been recognised by these awards, which he thoroughly deserves. He was a pleasure to supervise, always well-prepared and focused, and going beyond what was required. As I can’t read Italian, his translation has been very useful to me, while his report on Fabro was well-researched and illuminating. I am very happy this has given him the taste for research, and I am sure he will go on to do great things in the future!’