Saturday 1 October 2016

Two Irish projects among winners at EU Contest for Young Scientists

Published 21/09/2015 | 16:20

Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy from Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Co.Cork
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Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy from Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Co.Cork PIC: MAXWELLS
Pictured are: Mark O’Dowd, Glanmire Community College Co.Cork with (l) Ian O’Sullivan and (r) Eimear Murphy from Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Co.Cork. PIC: MAXWELLS

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

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Cork students, Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy, winners of 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 Colaiste 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 parent’s consumption pattern and attitudes towards alcohol use.

Mark O’Dowd, Glanmire Community College Co.Cork with his parents; Carol and Liam O’Dowd.
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Mark O’Dowd, Glanmire Community College Co.Cork with his parents; Carol and Liam O’Dowd. PIC: MAXWELLS
(l to r) Mark O’Dowd, Glanmire Community College Co.Cork with Eimear Murphy and Ian O’Sullivan from Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Co.Cork. PIC: MAXWELLS

Meanwhile, also on the winners’ podium in Milan was Mark O’Dowd from 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.

Mark picked up a special award at the  BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in January with his project ‘Injury increasing crop yields’, and  was one of 18 projects taking part in the Food Expo

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