Tuesday 27 September 2016

Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura named winners of BT Young Scientist 2016

Published 08/01/2016 | 20:14

Minister Jan O'Sullivan and Shay Walsh, MD, BT Ireland with the winners of the 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (#BTYSTE) have been announced. Maria Louise Fufezan (aged 16) and Diana Bura (left) (aged 15)
Minister Jan O'Sullivan and Shay Walsh, MD, BT Ireland with the winners of the 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (#BTYSTE) have been announced. Maria Louise Fufezan (aged 16) and Diana Bura (left) (aged 15)
The winners Maria and Diana

Maria Louise Fufezan (16) and Diana Bura (15) have taken home the top prize at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2016.

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Their winning project was called ‘An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans’.

The winners are students at Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan.

The announcement was made in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland.

he group entered in the intermediate section of the biological & ecological sciences category.

Maria and Diana were presented with a cheque for €5,000, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 28th European Union Young Scientist competition in Brussels later this year and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy.

In addition, as the Group Technical Partner of Williams Racing, BT will bring the winners on an all-expenses paid trip to the home of Williams Racing in Oxfordshire, England.

Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland, said; “We are proud that the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues to act as a springboard for future entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists and we have countless past winners who are proof of that. I would like to sincerely congratulate every single student who took part this week and to the thousands of other students who submitted a project but unfortunately didn’t qualify. Of course, particular congratulations must go to Maria and Diana, who will now join a prestigious list of esteemed winners and go on to represent Ireland at the EU Young Scientist later this year.”

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