SciFest@College Awards 2022


SciFest@College 2022 Major Awards

The following awards are currently available for projects entered in each of the 16 SciFest@College venues.

To view the specific criteria for each award please click on the award title.

Best Project Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Runner-up Best Project Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Intel Technology Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards
Institute of Physics Award
  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Business Excellence Institute Award (Introduced in 2021)

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Award (Introduced in 2022)

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Vermilion Energy Innovation Award (Introduced in 2022)

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Fenergo Communication Award (Introduced in 2021)

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Accenture Maths in Science Award (Introduced in 2021)

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Regeneron Life Sciences Award(Introduced in 2022)

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

SciFest Chemistry Student Award

RSC School Chemistry Award (Royal Society of Chemistry Republic of Ireland Section) School Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards
  • Laboratory Equipment

Discover Space Student Award (ESERO Ireland)

Discover Space Teacher Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards
  • Space Atlas

Irish Science Teachers' Association Student Award

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Nature’s Pharmacy NatPro Award (Introduced in 2022)
NB. This award is available only in TUS Athlone, TUS Thurles and IT Carlow

  • Trophy
  • One4all Gift Cards

Note: An award may not be presented if, in the opinion of the judges, no project meeting the criteria for the particular award is of sufficient standard to merit the award.

Note: Available awards, and award criteria, may change in the course of the year in the light of prevailing circumstances.


Award Criteria

Best Project Award

This award is presented to the overall best project.

The Best Project Award Winners from the SciFest@College 2022 regional STEM fairs will participate in the National Final competition which takes place in November 2022 provided the project meets Criterion 1 below.

Participants in the National Final will compete for the SciFest STEM Champion 2022 Award. This award consists of a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their mentor to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2023.

Criterion 1. The winner of this award must, in the opinion of the judges, be capable of taking the project further and competing at an international level.

Criterion 2. To qualify for the Regeneron ISEF Award at the SciFest 2022 National Final a project must comply with the rules of Regeneron ISEF 2023.

Runner-up Best Project Award

This award is presented to the overall second-best project.

The best of the runners-up from the regional events will also participate in the National Final and compete for the SciFest STEM Champion 2022 Award.

Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award

This award is presented to the project that best demonstrates:

  • Understanding of a problem/unanswered question related to science or engineering in the field of medical devices
  • Understanding of an area where you have experience or are aware of something to help / improve /change a person’s quality of life who may have a medical need - parent / sister / brother / grandparent / classmate
  • A contribution to the medical device field through research/experimentation

The best of the winners of this award at the regional fairs will compete at the National Final for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award.

Following the completion of the regional SciFest@College 2022 STEM fairs a panel of judges appointed by Boston Scientific and SciFest will assess the projects, based on the report books, and select the projects to go forward to compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award at the National Final 2022.

Intel Technology Award

This award is presented to the best project in the Technology category. If the overall best project or the runner-up is awarded in the Technology category this prize is awarded to the next best project in this category.

Institute of Physics Award

This award is presented to the project with the best physics content; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Business Excellence Institute Award

This award is presented to the project with the greatest potential to impact organisations and/or industries; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Award

This award is presented to the project that best demonstrates the following:

  • Design of a creative, innovative paper-based alternative for an unsustainable plastic product
  • Science and engineering
  • Research into the plastic pollution problem
  • Informs and educates on the benefits and value of using sustainable paper-based products

This award may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Vermilion Energy Innovation Award

The Vermilion Energy Innovation Award will be presented to the project that best demonstrates the following:

  • Design of a creative, innovative approach to energy conservation or generation
  • Research into innovative methods of conserving or generating energy
  • Informs and educates on the benefits and value of conserving or generating energy

Fenergo Communication Award

This award is presented to either a group or an individual whose project has an organised and clear report book, demonstrates enthusiasm and confidence in their presentation and can clearly convey how their project impacts the end user.

Accenture Maths in Science Award

This award is presented to the project with the best use of maths; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Regeneron Life Sciences Award

This award is presented to the project that best demonstrates a passion for using science for good, an exceptional understanding of life sciences concepts, perseverance and flexibility.

SciFest Chemistry Award

This award is presented to the project with the best chemistry content; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

ESERO Discover Space Award

The European Space Education Resource Office Ireland (ESERO Ireland) is a project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the European Space Agency. The aim of the project is to use space as a theme to support the teaching of science and maths through the provision of resources, inspirational materials and training for teachers.

Criteria: The award is presented to the project which best uses Space as a theme in science, technology or maths. Space education information and resources are available from www.esero.ie.

Irish Science Teachers' Association Student Award

This award is presented to the best project in the Junior Category. If the Best Project Award winner or Runner-up is from the Junior Category the prize will be awarded to the next best project in the category.

Nature’s Pharmacy NatPro Award

This award is presented to the SciFest project that best exhibits using scientific thought and imagination to find a positive and innovative solution to a challenge or an unanswered question related to, but not limited to, subjects of agricultural science, physics, biology, chemistry and scientific literacy in relation to Irish boglands or plants or medicinal cures. This award may be made in any of the 3 categories.



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