Our Lady's Greenhills Student Wins Major Science Award

Congratulations to student Anna McEvoy of Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Drogheda (pictured on right) who was awarded First Place in the Monsanto Company Award for Innovation in Plant Science and Sustainability

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. It is the premier science competition in the world and provides a forum for high school students to showcase their independent research annually. There were 1,702 students from 78 countries and 1,300 projects at Intel ISEF 2015. The fair provides the opportunity to finalists to display their talent on an international stage, while enabling them to submit their work for judging by doctoral-level scientists.

Anna previously won the Elan award for excellence in biology and the senior individual biological and ecological category in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. She also won the overall Sentinus Young Innovator last June and qualified her to represent Northern Ireland in Intel ISEF.

Her project ‘Aetiology of bleeding canker disease of horse chestnut trees’ was an investigation into the incidence and causal agent of bleeding canker disease which is affecting horse chestnut trees nationwide. Anna devised a quicker and more effective method of identifying the bacterial agent causing the disease.

This year the exhibition was held in Pittsburgh (9th-16th May). In the Special Awards Anna was awarded First Place in the Monsanto Company Award for Innovation in Plant Science and Sustainability.

As a first prize winner she will be flown to St. Louis, Missouri where she will present her research to the company. In the Grand Awards (category awards) Anna won Second Prize.

A further award has been added to Second Prize-winning students in which their names will be submitted to the International Astronomical Union (MIT) for a once in a lifetime naming of a minor planet.

Pictured above is Anna with her teacher Frances O'Regan.