School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Second Year Students Awarded Runners Up in the Annual National Analytical Measurement Competition

Kim Ryall and Jennifer Geraghty, 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 were awarded runners up in the National Analytical Measurement Competition held in Tralee Institute of Technology on March 30th 2007.

Dr. Patrice Behan, Lecturer, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jennifer Geraghty, Kim Ryall

 

The annual analytical chemistry competition, EAMC 2007 (Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition), was the national final of a competition open to all second year, third level science students.  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. Competing students from third level institutions around the country were chosen by their own institution for their practical laboratory and error estimation skills.

The competition was won by a team from Tralee Institute of Technology who were presented with plaques and associate membership of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.  The DIT, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences students were awarded joint runners-up with a second team from Tralee Institute of Technology 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.

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 and Pharmachemical Ireland

The 10th National Analytical Measurement Competition will be hosted, in 2008, by the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street.

For Further Information Contact: Dr Patrice Behan, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT, Kevin Street, Dublin 8. patrice.behan@dit.ie , Ph: 01 402 4664

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