Students from across science courses at WIT were recognised for their outstanding projects throughout the year at the Science Industry Awards
The Department of Science at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) recently held its Industry Sponsored Awards Ceremony for 2020 via Zoom.
These awards were sponsored by Source Bioscience, Environmental Science Association of Ireland, Sanofi, Bausch & Lomb, Sofrimar, Dawn Meats, Comeragh Veterinary practice, Dairymaster, AIB and for the first time Trivium Vet.
The winner of the AIB BSc (Hons) Land Management (Agriculture) award 201/2020 was Declan Byrne (Kilkenny) who investigated the impact of body condition score, calf diet and colostrum storage on colostrum quality and calf health in a dairy system.
Second prize went to Martin Beausang (Cork) whose work examined coccidiosis in calves and treatment effects.
Third prize went to Clare Somers-Cashen (Wexford) who investigated the effects of breed and gender on the growth rates and carcass grade of finishing lambs.
Shane Whelan from the AIB Agri-Sector team stated that "AIB have a longstanding relationship with Irish agriculture and are committed to supporting its development into the future. AIB are delighted to partner with Waterford IT for the AIB / Waterford IT Land Management (Agriculture) Awards. We have been very impressed by the range, depth and indeed quality of research undertaken here in Waterford IT and would like to wish all students in their final year all the very best in their future endeavours.”
Looking to the future
Claire Somers-Cashen, a former student of Loreto Secondary School Wexford was awarded third prize for a thesis presentation, which was sponsored by AIB. The 4th year student is studying BSc in Land Management in Agriculture.
“I was proud that my hard work, particularly during this pandemic, was noticed and awarded and I am delighted to have received third prize.”
Her dreams for the future include pursuing a career in agriculture and hopefully at some stage to take over the family farm.
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