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Limerick student wins Young Scientist of the year

A student from Limerick, Seán O'Sullivan, claimed the title and prize of overall winner of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Minister Foley presented the Coláiste Chiaráin student with the winners trophy at the RDS.

Seán will now take his 'VerifyMe' project to Poland in Seoptember to represent Ireland in the EU contest for Young Scientists. His project, as the name 'VerifyMe' suggests, seeks to provide a reliable method for distinguishing true authorship of texts by identifying differences in style. Such an idea came about as a result of the current problems faced by online text generators such as ChatGPT. ChatGPT which people place under the term artificial intelligence is a program which scans the internet database to plagiarize snippets from many different sources to assemble what appears to be original pieces of writing.

Minister Foley speaking at the awards said:

“I would like to sincerely congratulate Seán O’Sullivan from Colaiste Chiarain, Limerick, on winning the hugely prestigious top prize in the 2024 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Being awarded this prize is a tremendous achievement, given the extremely high standard of entries presented. It is testament to Seán’s hard work and dedication to his chosen field of research, and to the unwavering support of his family, teachers and school."

The 17 year old winner will also take home an extra prize on top of his honour of winning the trophy, that extra prize being €7,500.

Arthur L. Schawlow (Professor of Physics at Stanford University, 1981 Nobel Prize in physics) :

"It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how. The only possible answers are religious. . . . I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life."


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