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Student-scientists buzzing after their project was highly commended at national show

TWO applied science students from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) are buzzing after their entry into the antibacterial effects of honey was highly commended in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

The New Year got off to a high-profile start for the SERC students Holly King and Molly McConnell whose investigation into the link between habitat and the antibacterial effect of honey, in the biological and ecological category, wowed the judges.

Held in Dublin’s RDS from 11-14 January the students were praised by judges for their innovative idea and scientific know-how.

The exhibition, now in its 53rd year, is one of the largest and longest running STEM events in the world, which challenges students to imagine a big idea and bring it to life through research and development in a practical way, outside of the classroom.

Ken Webb, SERC Principal and Chief Executive said he was “absolutely delighted” about the success of the students.

He said “I would like to congratulate the students and science department for their success in the competition. There is a wonderful buzz and sense of pride among the students and tutors who were all part of the students’ success. It is encouraging to see such passion for science amongst our young students.”

Collette Carson head of school for applied science and sport at SERC said: “The science team are very proud of the students. Being awarded ‘Highly Commended’ reflects the standard of work and effort they have put into this project. The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for students. Attracting over 50,000 visitors, the event is an excellent opportunity to highlight our talented youth on the international stage. The students were a credit to themselves, their families and the college.”

The students narrowly missed out on the top spot. Nonetheless, judges were impressed with the caliber of competitors this year and applauded them all for their entries.

Tutor Jonathan Cash said “Throughout this academic year the students have been working hard to perfect their expertise in science and I am very proud of them. Taking part in such a high profile competition is an excellent opportunity for them to enrich their studies and will look great on their CV.”

SERC provides a range of full and part-time courses designed to give students ‘the edge’. To find out how SERC can help you ‘get the edge’ call 0345 600 7555, visit or find us on Facebook, search: SERC.

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