Laois student Caoimhe Murphy from Ballyroan has won an Highly Commended Award for her project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
Heywood student Caoimhe contested the senior individual Biological and Ecological Sciences section of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
The judges commended Caoimhe for her investigation of the effect of wild bird cover (GLAS) on seed eating bird populations.
Caoimhe was one of six Laois projects at the huge exhibition this week, all six are from Heywood Community School.
The overall winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition was Simon Meehan, aged 15, a Transition Year student from Colaiste Choilm in Cork.
He took home the top prize for his project entitled ‘Investigation into the Antimicrobial effects of both aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcus’ aureus.
The young Cork student received the largest prize fund yet of €7,500, a perpetual trophy and an exclusive trip to the infamous World War II coding centre Bletchley Park.
This year an astounding 2,031 projects from 4,251 students across the island of Ireland were entered.
60 percent of entrants are female and the highest ever number of entries from DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity) schools.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues today, Saturday January 13, from 9.30am to 5.30pm.