Dublin student wins 50th Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

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Paul Clark, a Fifth year student from St Paul’s College, Raheny, has won the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for his project entitled, “Contributions to cyclic graph theory”.

 

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The winner of the 2014 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is Paul Clark.

Paul, 17, a Fifth year student from St Paul’s College, Raheny, won for his project entitled, “Contributions to cyclic graph theory” which was entered in the senior section of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category.

The announcement was made by Ruairi Quinn, TD Minister for Education and Skills and Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland on January 10th to a packed crown in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS. This was the 50th Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Paul clark, winner of the 2014 Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
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Paul's project solves mathematical problems linked to a concept known as cyclic graph theory. “I am looking at a number of unsolved problems in graph theory,” the 17-year-old fifth year explained. Graph theory provides a mathematical way to look at structured data, structured in the way data points are captured in a graph. Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said, “When we set out last year to plan for the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition we wanted to make sure that this was our most exceptional event to date. I’m delighted to say that it has exceeded all of our expectations. Over the past three days we have had some of Ireland’s brightest, most creative and positive young people astound us with their ideas for a better future and we have been greatly impressed by the high standard of these entries.He added, “Over the years the exhibition has proven to be an important launch pad for the next wave of entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists; people who will be fundamental in addressing the global skills shortage. For that reason, we cannot underestimate the importance of this exhibition in encouraging our young students to pursue careers in science and technology. I would like to congratulate every single student who participated this week and of course to Paul on his enormous achievement.  If our past winners have taught us anything, it’s that this award could change his life.”

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