Student Science Competition

Finalists Announced!

All our finalists have received an email to let them know that their poster/project has made it to the final event. We were so impressed by all the posters we received, and this year we in fact had almost 250 entries from over 400 students. This meant that the competition was fierce! In the end we shortlisted 105 Upper Primary entries, 43 Junior Cycle, and 31 Transition Year entries. These are all available to watch on our YouTube channel. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSoyE6MCH9vSfg0hjWmqJw

These entries are fantastic and our judges will have a tricky job working out the winners. The winners will be announced by March 15th, and we will have an online prize-giving before Easter.

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We are delighted to announce our Student Science Competition for 2020 has been launched!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH.

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The student science competition is open to all students (girls and boys) in the three categories of
– Upper Primary (5th and 6th class)
– Junior Cycle (1st, 2nd and 3rd year)
– Transition Year.

You can enter as an individual or in small groups.

You can do your project on any physics-related topic, for example:

  • Find an example of a famous physicist and do a project describing his or her life and research.
  • Is there a factory or industry in your area that is based on physics?
  • What about physics on the farm?
  • Physics in the environment
  • Physics as a mean to change the world
  • Is there a physics investigation you would like to carry out?
  • Can you design and build a piece of technology that is physics-related?

Your poster can be any size, but A1 is recommended.

The poster does not have to be printed; it can be hand-made.
Creativity and design/presentation of their project is also taken into account. 


Submission of entries

The extended deadline for submission of entries is the 18th of December 2020.

 Start thinking about and working on an idea for a poster!

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Submission format:

Take a high quality photo of your project and email it to sophiaphysicsproject@gmail.com

Unfortunately due to restricted access to the Campus, it is not practical for us to accept posted entries this year.

Please also send a short written description of your project (500 words maximum) along with your entry with the following headings. Note we cannot process entries that do not provide us with this information:

  • Title of Project
  • Name of students
  • Name of Teacher(s) or Parent(s)
  • Category (Upper primary, junior cycle, transition year)
  • School
  • Contact details including address and email
  • What is the project about?
  • How did you research the topic?
  • What did you find out?

Finalists will be invited to present their projects in the University of Limerick

Last year we had a lovely final event in the University of Limerick. We hope to hold a similar exhibition of the finalists’ works in 2021 in the University of Limerick, if COVID-19-related restrictions permit. Shortlisted projects will be presented by the students, with families and teachers also invited to attend. Final judging and awards for winning projects will take place.

You can email us at sophiaphysicsproject@gmail.com for further information.

Some of the entries at the final event in the University of Limerick November 2019

Students from 6th Class Caherelly National School with their teacher Ms Conway and Norah Patten at the finalists event in the University of Limerick November 2019

Student Competition Information 2019

Finalists have been selected! Look out for an email inviting you to the finalists’ event in UL on November 15th!

Finalists have been selected! Look out for an email inviting you to the finalists’ event in UL on November 15th!

Finalists have been selected! Look out for an email inviting you to the finalists’ event in UL on November 15th!

Finalists have been selected! Look out for an email inviting you to the finalists’ event in UL on November 15th!

Finalists have been selected! Look out for an email inviting you to the finalists’ event in UL on November 15th!

Schedule for the Student Science Competition Finalists’ Event November 15th, University of Limerick

9am – 10am Setup in the Foyer of the Foundation Building, UL

10am – 10.30am Welcome David Corcoran (Head of Department of Physics and of School of Natural Sciences) and project team

10.30 – 11.30am Judging of shortlisted projects

11.30 – 12.30pm Judges’ deliberations

                                Student and teacher refreshments (in Graduate Attributes Hub)

                                Physics: why and what! – Four UL researchers give their story: Cian McKeown; Sarah Guerin; Eoin O’Connell; Eileen Courtney

12.30-1.00am  Announcement of winners and prize giving (Karen Sheeran, National Manager, Institute of Physics Ireland)


The student science competition is open to all students (girls and boys) in the three categories of
– Upper Primary (5th and 6th class)
– Junior Cycle (1st, 2nd and 3rd year)
– Transition Year.

You can enter as an individual or in small groups.

You can do your project on any physics-related topic, for example:

  • Find an example of a famous physicist and do a project describing his or her life and research.
  • Is there a factory or industry in your area that is based on physics?
  • What about physics on the farm?
  • Physics in the environment
  • Physics as a mean to change the world

Your poster can be any size, but A1 or larger is recommended.

The poster does not have to be printed; it can be hand-made.
Creativity and design/presentation of their project is also taken into account. 


Submission of entries

The deadline for submission of entries is the 4th of October 2019.

Submission format: Choose one of the following
1) Post your poster to
Cian McKeown,
c/o Department of Physics,
Main Building room C0-063
University of Limerick,
Castletroy, Limerick V94 T9PX

2) Take a high quality photo of your project and email it to sophiaphysicsproject@gmail.com

Please send a short written description of your project (500 words maximum) along with your entry with the following headings:

  • Title of Project
  • Your name(s)
  • Your category (Upper primary, junior cycle, transition year)
  • Your school
  • Contact details
  • What was your project about?
  • How did you research the topic?
  • What did you find out?

Finalists will be invited to present their projects during Science Week in the University of Limerick on Friday, the 15th of November 2019.

You can email us at sophiaphysicsproject@gmail.com for further information.