Adam Wins Top Prize at EUCYS

Adam Wins Top Prize at EUCYS

Congratulations to Adam Kelly from Skerries Community College, Co. Dublin on winning the top award at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The last twelve months have been a remarkable journey for Adam. This started with his being named the SciFest national champion at the SciFest National Final last November. Adam participated in the National Final as a result of winning the SFI Best Project Award at the SciFest regional fair in IT Blanchardstown the previous May. As a result of winning the overall award at the SciFest National Final Adam represented Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona where he won a number of awards. He was awarded the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award, which is one of the competition’s top three most prestigious accolades. This means he will be one of 25 students who will participate in the week-long Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) which includes attendance at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm in December. His success did not stop there; he also received a first prize in his category, Systems Software. Adam earned $3,000 in prize money and will have an asteroid named after him as a result of this award. Adam also achieved a Best in Category Award, earning a further $5,000 for himself and $1,000 for his school.

At the BTYSTE 2019 in January Adam was named BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year. It was the winning of this award which led to his representing Ireland at EUCYS in Sofia. Ireland was one of 39 countries represented by a total of 155 students at EUCYS and Adam was one of four top award winners who each received a prize of €7,000. Adam's award also included the opportunity to participate in the London International Youth Science Forum 2020.

We at SciFest are all very proud of Adam and wish him every success for the future.

The International Science and Engineering Fair

ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science fair. It is organised by the Society for Science and the Public (SS) and has been running for nearly 70 years. Every year, tens of millions of students compete in ISEF affiliated science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for the nearly $5 million in awards bestowed each May at ISEF. SciFest has participated in the event since 2012 and in that time SciFest students have brought home a total of 12 major awards.

ISEF 2020 will take place in Anaheim, California next May. The student/s to represent Ireland and SciFest will be selected at the SciFest 2019 National Final on 22 November in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin.

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06 2019
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13 2019
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13 2019
SciFest@School in Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont, Dublin 9
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