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GMIT highlighting the research of STEM undergrads at virtual SURE conference

GMIT will play host to the third annual SURE Conference this week, in a virtual event highlighting the research being done by STEM undergraduates around the country.

The conference, taking place this Friday, October 16 is a part of Science Undergraduate Research Experience Network, and is being carried out in association with CIT and TU Dublin.

The conference will be opened online at 9:30 am by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, via Zoom

This annual conference attracts over 500 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) students and academic research supervisors each year, and reflects the work of the SURE Network.

This is a collaborative partnership consisting of members from nine Irish Higher Education Institutions. This is the first year the event is being hosted completely online.

Over 70 science graduates throughout Ireland who completed their final year projects in the 2019/20 academic year will present their undergraduate research work in both poster and oral presentation formats at the event.

The presentations fall under three themes: Analytical, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Science; Health Science and Nutrition; and Biological, Sport, Computing, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

GMIT will be represented by final year students in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science, Tamara Jordan and Fox Fallon, a keynote speaker Dr Ian O’Connor, and by post-graduate speaker Michela Caprani.

Co-Chair of the National Conference Committee and award-winning GMIT lecturer, Dr Cormac Quigley, says: “This year’s conference presents us with an exciting opportunity to showcase the dynamic range of research activities undertaken by science students nationally, both remotely and in the lab, and highlights the importance of STEM graduates to the Irish workforce”.

Awards for the best students in the Biological, Sport, Computing, Mathematical and Physical Sciences will be presented by GMIT President Dr Orla Flynn.

Registration which is free of charge is now open on: https://forms.gle/oVjzyhrPPeH3c9rj9 For further details see http://sure-network.ie/conference/  and Twitter #SURE20.

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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