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Cork teenagers take home first prize at EU Young Scientists contest

Two Cork teenagers have taken home first prize in this year's European Union Contest for Young Sc...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.22 19 Sep 2021


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Cork teenagers take home first prize at EU Young Scientists contest

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.22 19 Sep 2021


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Two Cork teenagers have taken home first prize in this year's European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).

Cormac Harris and Alan O'Sullivan - from Coláiste Choilm in Cork - won the BT Young Scientist Award in 2020 with their project on gender stereotyping.

Their project "identified the need to focus on all children, boys and girls, from a young age, in order to combat the development of gender stereotyping".

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Cormac and Alan went on to represent Ireland at the EUCYS this year, coming out on top against students from 38 other countries.

Turkey's Feridun Balaban shared the first prize for the 2020 competition.

The winner of BT Young Scientist 2021 was also competing in Europe this weekend, as this year's hybrid event brought together two years' worth of competitors.

In the 2021 category, Gregory Tar took home third prize for his project on deep fake videos.

Mari Cahalane, head of the BTYSTE, said: “I am incredibly proud of our BTYSTE alumni Cormac, Alan and Gregory who have represented Ireland so well at this year’s European Union Contest for Young Scientists.

"Cormac and Alan are now Ireland’s 16th winners in the competition’s history, and it is Ireland’s second consecutive first prize win - a fantastic achievement and a credit to level of innovative and STEM talent that the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition showcases each year”.

This year's virtual event was hosted from Salamanca, Spain.

The winning teams across both years take home €7,000 each, while the third prize is worth €3,500.

Main image: BT Young Scientist 2020 winners, Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, who have taken home the top prize at the 32nd European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS). Photo: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography 2021

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