Special Equality prize at Esat Young Scientist Exhibition

Special equality prizes were presented by Kate Hayes, Chair of the Equality Authority in respect of two projects which were entered in the Esat Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS today.

The Equality Authority, the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion and development of equal opportunities, sponsored prizes in the ‘Social and Behavioural Science’ category at the exhibition. A total of 253 entries were received in this category and the standard was said to be extremely high.

The winners of the Equality Authority’s prizes were:

  • Aishling O’ Rourke of Loretto Abbey, Dalkey, Co. Dublin for a project on ‘Attitudes to Sport and Competitiveness in Mixed and Single Sex Schools’.
  • Eilish Murphy and Aileen O’ Brien of Christ the King Secondary School, Cork for a project on ‘Changes in Career Choices for Male and Female Students’.

In presenting the prizes today Kate Hayes said that the Equality Authority was proud to be associated with a competition of such a high calibre. She said, she was particularly gratified that the prize winners in the ‘Social and Behavioural Science’ category had chosen projects which were topical and relevant, with an equality focus, which impact on people’s lives. She expressed hope that the Equality Authority might continue it’s association with the Esat Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. This is such an important part of the academic year in so many schools which presents a real challenge to second level students throughout the country.