School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences DIT 2nd Year Students Win National Analytical Measurement Competition

Lina Hacker and Gillian McEneff, two second year students from the BSc (Hons) Forensic and Environmental Analysis Course run by the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street took part and won the National Analytical Measurement Competition hosted by DIT on March 7th 2008.  This year marked the 10th anniversary of the competition which was celebrated by an excellent and informative presentation by Dr Sheila Willis, Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Dr Declan McCormack, Head of School with Prof Michael Devereux, Head of Faculty of Science with winners Lina Hacker and Gillian McEneff and their mentor, Dr Patrice Behan with judge from the competition Prof Ray Leonard, Henkel Ireland Ltd.

About the Competition

This annual competition, EAMC 2008 (Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition), is the national final open to all second year, third level science students.  The students carry out an experiment in the laboratory and report the quantity of analyte measured in an unknown sample provided to them.  Accurate and reliable measurements are the keystone to the experimental process in Analytical Science. The competition promotes critical, analytical and observational skills, and raises awareness among student analysts of uncertainty in measurement and the skills needed in reducing and reporting it. This year also showed a record number of entries with 40 competing students from 11 third level institutions around the country taking part.  These students were chosen by their own institutions for their practical laboratory and error estimation skills.

Dr Sheila Willis, Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory, presenting her talk.


The competition was won by the Dublin Institute of Technology who were presented with plaques and associate membership of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.  The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology students and Letterkenny Institute of Technology students were awarded joint runners up   and were also presented with a plaque, sponsored by the Heritage Council.  The design of the plaque is based on the Newgrange National Monument "light box" and is symbolic of a science tradition in Ireland, illustrating precision and reliability dating back to 3200BC.

Runners Up from GMIT and LKIT with their mentors reveiving their award.


The importance of analytical science in third level education is evidenced by the promotion and support of this competition. The major sponsors of the competition are Eurachem Ireland, Mason Technology, the Association of Heads of School of Science, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, Discover Science and Engineering and Pharmachemical Ireland

All competitors with their mentors and judges

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