Science Success at St. Pauls

25 Sep 2014 would like to congratulate Paul Clarke, a student of St. Paul’s College in Raheny, for his success in this year's EU Contest for Young Scientists. Paul was awarded the coveted CERN prize in Warsaw, Poland, where he was representing the country.

Paul's project was entitled 'Contributions to Cyclic Graph Theory', which saw the teenager solve previously unanswered mathematical problems. Graph Theory is a mathematical means of analysing structured data that can be captured in a graph. As part of his win, Paul will be invited to spend a week at the European particle physics centre CERN, based in Geneva.

As if this win wasn't enough, Paul has also won second prize overall for Mathematics at the EU Contest for Young Scientists. He was awarded €5,000. 

Paul's success as a young scientist is remarkable. It certainly seems like it is a good year for young Irish scientists. Earlier in the year, three female students from Kinsale Community College in Cork won first place in the extremely prestigious Google Science Fair in California, just two years after winning the BT Young Scientist Competition.

The three girls discovered that a naturally occurring bacteria in soil could be used to speed up seed germination by up to 50%. Amongst other prizes, the girls received a $50,000 Google scholarship.

Well done to all the students involved for your determination and innovation. It's people like you that our country can be proud of!