Top physics students honoured

9 December 2019

Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, Chair of the Institute of Physics Ireland, presented Silver Medals to the top Leaving Certificate physics students and the Earnshaw Award for the best physics final year undergraduate project in Ireland.

The event in the RDS was attended by friends and members of IOP Ireland together with the students, their families and teachers.  

The Earnshaw Medal was won by Danyaal Anjum of Maynooth University for his project titled: 'The investigation of both the kinematic nature and physical properties of the DG Tau jet’.

Danyaal is currently working as a product development engineer at Intel and hopes to continue his studies in astrophysics or a related field.

Earnshaw winner 2019

Danyaal Anjum & IOPI Chair Yvonne Kavanagh

Dr Kavanagh reflected on the significance of Danyaal Anjum’s research saying: "In the year that Ireland’s Space Strategy was launched, Mr Anjum’s study on the young DG Tau Star combined with his achievement, reinforces our excellence in space research and demonstrates how there is still so much we still do not know".

This year three students achieved joint top position in the Leaving Certificate examinations.

Cathal O’Rourke from Patrician High School in County Monaghan who is currently studying economics and finance in University College Dublin, Sean Thompson from Coláiste Choilm in County Cork who is currently studying mechanical engineering in the University of Edinburgh and Cathal Tuohy from Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare who recently received the UCD Entrance Scholars Award for his academic high achievements in the Leaving Certificate and is currently undertaking his bachelor of engineering studies in University College Dublin.

Leaving Certificate winners 2019

L-R Cathal Tuohy, Cathal O’Rourke & Seán Thompson

Speaking at the event, Dr Yvonne Kavanagh commended the award recipients for their great achievement saying: "I congratulate the winners of the Leaving Certificate physics award and this year’s recipient of the prestigious Earnshaw Award. Our award recipients demonstrate excellence in mathematical acumen and critical thinking which will serve them well in their future chosen careers. It is also important to acknowledge the role of their teachers and families who have supported them".

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