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Irish students among the big winners at EU Young Scientist

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

Mark O’Dowd, Glanmire Community College, Co Cork, with Eimear Murphy and Ian O’Sullivan from Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co Cork, who were winners at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Italy. Photo: Maxwells
Mark O’Dowd, Glanmire Community College, Co Cork, with Eimear Murphy and Ian O’Sullivan from Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co Cork, who were winners at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Italy. Photo: Maxwells

Two Irish projects were among the winners at the EU Contest for Young Scientists in Milan, Italy.

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Cork students Ian O'Sullivan and Eimear Murphy, both 17 and winners of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, walked off with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) prize.

This means that the two pupils of Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, will represent Ireland at ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition in Arizona, USA, in May 2016.

Their project, 'Alcohol Consumption: Does the Apple Fall Far From the Tree?', investigated the association between adolescent alcohol consumption and their parents' consumption patterns and attitudes towards alcohol use.

Also on the winners' podium in Milan was Mark O'Dowd (16), Glanmire Community College, Co Cork, who won one of three first places at the Food Expo 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life' competition, which runs alongside the EU contest.

He picked up an award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, with his project 'Injury Increasing Crop Yields', and was one of 18 projects taking part in the Food Expo.

Irish Independent

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