The winners of the 2014 Chanelle Science Scholarship were today announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa.
Eamonn Hannon, aged 17 from St Raphael’s College and Alan Keane aged 18 from St Brigid’s Vocational School, Loughrea won the 2014 Chanelle Science Scholarship for their projects on “Investigating the Effect Speed has on Stopping Distances” and “The Prevalence of Additional Autoimmune Diseases in Addison’s Disease Patients.”
The winners were presented with a crystal trophy and a prize fund of €3750 each to recognise their incredible achievement in science andsupport them with their third level study. The first runner-ups were Orla Connolly from St Raphael’s College and Paul Boreham from St Brigid’s College who each received a voucher worth €500.
Now in its 2nd year, the Chanelle Science Scholarship was set up to encourage students in the Loughrea community to engage in science in an exciting and rewarding way. The company has committed to investing €25,000 over 3 years to the local secondary schools. Students were given the opportunity to submit projects based on various disciplines in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Agricultural Science.
Congratulating the students at the Chanelle Science Scholarship award ceremony, Michael Burke, Chanelle CEO said, “On behalf of Chanelle, I would like to congratulate our winners and everyone who has taken part this year. It is hugely rewarding to see the excitement the scholarship promotes as it epitomises the overall aim of the scholarship which is to promote science to the aspiring students in the community.”
The ten finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges who have esteemed backgrounds in Chemistry, Pharmacy and Engineering. Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Dr John Clancy, PhD and former Head of School of Pharmacy in Trinity College said, “As a judge for the second year, I was once again hugely impressed with the scientific and research skills the students displayed. The range of interests from Microbiology through Physics and Programming made it an interesting and challenging session this year.”
Paul Cafferky, Principal, St Raphael’s College said, “The Chanelle Science Scholarship has created a surge of interest in the whole area of scientific research and innovation in our school. It has been a wonderfully positive experience for all the students who participated. We in St. Raphael’s College are delighted to have been given the privilege of participating in this innovative, forward-thinking and generous scholarship and we are extremely proud of the projects our pupils have produced. I have no doubt that the benefits of this scholarship will be seen throughout our local community for many years to come.”
Sean Connolly, Principal, St Brigid’s Vocational School added, “There has been great excitement in the lead up to the awards among both the students and the teachers. I would sincerely like to commend Chanelle for continuing to support this initiative on behalf of all in the school community.”
Based in Loughrea, Chanelle is Ireland’s largest indigenous company in animal and human generic pharmaceuticals. The company exports to over 80 countries and employs over 300 people.