17 year old student Paul Clarke, whose work on ‘graph theory’ impressed the judges, has won the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
Clarke, from St Paul’s College, Raheny in Dublin, was presented with a cheque for €5,000 and the chance to represent Ireland at the 26th European Union Young Scientist competition. He will also travel to Silicon Valley in California to meet BT’s Innovation team, and will enjoy a hosted tour of leading enterprises to meet business leaders from the world of science and technology.
“Graph theory is an area of pure mathematics which studies properties of linkages and networks. It has applications in several areas including computing, molecular structure, neuroscience, search engines, engineering,” says Professor Tom Laffey, judge of the competition. “In this project Paul makes a profound contribution to the study of graphs. He identifies key concepts and provides the methodology to apply them to some long-standing major problems in the subject with great success.”
Numbers and winners
Almost 1,165 students from 32 counties covering 550 projects from 210 schools nationwide competed for the overall title.
Further awards included ‘Best Group’ which went to first year students Cathy Hynes aged 12 and Eve Casey aged 13 from Kinsale Community School, Cork for their project: “A study using statistical methods of people’s attitudes to the aging workforce of the future”. The girls were entered in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category at junior level.
The award for individual runner-up went to second year student Shane Curran, aged 13 from Terenure College, Dublin for his project: “Chemical.io: The cloud based lab management solution”. Shane was entered in the Technology category at junior level.
The award for group runner-up went to fourth year students Conor Gillardy aged 15, Evan Heneghan aged 16 and Calum Kyne also aged 16 from St. Gerald’s College, Mayo with their project: “Gumshield communication device for managers and players”. The boys were entered in the Technology category at intermediate level.