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.
Students from courses across the department were presented for their outstanding projects and performances throughout the year. “It was a challenging year for both students and staff and great credit is due to the students in showing their ability to cope with and adapt to the challenges presented to them over the past few weeks”, commented Eleanor Kent, Assistant Head of Department.
Dr Peter McLoughlin, Head of the School of Science and Computing stated that “the awards are very much a celebration of the innovation and creativity of our students and reflects the breadth of engagement which the Department has with our partners.”
Commitment during Covid-19
He continued: “The achievement of our students is all the more impressive this year being completed against the extremely difficult backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic". He congratulated all of the students for their hard work and commitment in their area of study and thanked all industry partners for their continued support. He finally acknowledged the work and dedication of the staff in the Department throughout this challenging year.
Dr Orla O`Donovan, Head of Department of Science said: “The awards are all the more important this year as it demonstrates the resilience of the students and staff in continuing their education online and in inventive ways in order to close out the academic year safely. Indeed, having the awards ceremony, itself online is a first but we are hoping to return to more on campus safe delivery in the coming academic year while still developing and broadening our novel modes of delivery.”
The winning students were:
Environmental Science Association of Ireland (ESAI) Undergraduate of the Year Awards:
Level 7 winners: Chloe Quinn from the BSc in Applied Biology programme at Level 7 for her project “Detection of Clostridium in Anaerobic Digestate”
Level 8 winner: Katie O’Toole (pictured) from the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science programme at Level 8 for her project “Reducing Nitrogen Emissions from the Irish Dairy Sector via Genetic Improvement”.
BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science Undergraduate Research Project Literature Review Presentation Award sponsored by Sofrimar
Winners: Róisín O’Brien whose project title was the 'Development of contact lenses for the controlled delivery of ocular therapeutics'
Megan Murphy whose project title was 'Evaluation of naturally derived, reusable and environmentally friendly materials as catalysts in pharmaceutically relevant chemical reactions'
BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science Undergraduate Research Project Award sponsored by Sanofi
Winners: Kristina Fitzgerald whose project title was 'Multi-step reactions employing hydrolytic enzymes for the development of green organic synthesis routes'
Róisín O’Brien whose project title was the 'Development of contact lenses for the controlled delivery of ocular therapeutics'
BSc in Pharmaceutical Science Award sponsored by TriviumVet
Winner: Craig Sweeney
Excellence in L7 Undergraduate Biology Research Awards 2020 sponsored by Source BioScience
First place: Erasmus student Tara Perset for her project “Identifying IGF Induced Differentially Regulated Genes in Breast Cancer”.
Second place: Eoin Barry for “Microbiology-Based Hygiene Study of a Liquid Feeding System for Pigs”
Third place: Chloe O’Rourke for “Identifying the Role of Neuromedin U in Breast Cancer Progression”.
Highly commended: Gary Hogan and his project “Evaluation of Two Polymerase Chain Reaction Protocols for use in Whole Plasmid Site-Directed Mutagenesis” was also highly commended.
Bausch & Lomb “Physics Project Award” 2020
Winner: Shane Hearne BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology student for his project which explored avenues through which quantum computing can be made more accessible.
Dawn Meats Product Innovation Award 2020
Winner: Michael Whelan, BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Innovation who developed Hi-5 vegetable ice pops aimed for the children's market.
Dairymaster Student Award 2020
Winners: BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science students Roisin O' Donnell and Nicole Keohane McCarthy
AIB Land Management Final Year Project Award 2019/2020
Winner: BSc (Hons) Land Management (Agriculture) student Declan Byrne 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 whose work examined coccidiosis in calves and treatment effects.
Third prize went to Clare Somers-Cashen who investigated the effects of breed and gender on the growth rates and carcass grade of finishing lambs.
Comeragh Veterinary Practice “BSc in Agriculture Final Year Project Poster” Awards 2019/2020
Winners: Aisling Prendergast who investigated the marketing and sale of beef in Ireland and abroad, and also Rhys Edghill, whose project compared protein excreted from beef and dairy cattle based on feed types and rates.
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science
- Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science
- Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agricultural Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Land Management in Agriculture
- Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Innovation
- Bachelor of Science in Food Science with Business
- Bachelor of Science in Science (General)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science (Common Entry)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics for Modern Technology