SURE 2019 – Carlow

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The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is the national body responsible for leading and advising on the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. In partnership with students, staff and leaders in Irish higher education, the National Forum works to develop an inclusive, collaborative and innovative culture that maximises learning impact for the success of all students. An independent review of the National Forum, published in 2018, deemed it to be an ‘essential component of the national-level infrastructure for higher education in Ireland’ and recommended its establishment on a sustainable basis.


SURE 2019 Carlow

Institute of Technology, Carlow is one of the three venues for the Science Undergraduate Research Experience 2019 (SURE 2019) Conferences.

Students from the following Institutes of Technology will present that this conference:

  • Institute of Technology, Carlow (Host Institution)
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Two other SURE 2019 conferences will take place at the same time as this conference in Technological University Dublin (venue details) and Institute of Technology, Sligo (venue details).

Location

The SURE 2019 Carlow conference will take place in the Haughton Building in IT Carlow.

Oral Presentations

The following oral presentations will be made by recent graduates based on the work completed in final year of their undergraduate studies:

  • ‘Microbial Antibiotic Resistance in Aquatic Environments’ by Tracey Hutton (Waterford Institute of Technology), Karen Tambling
  • ‘Analysis of Deficient Vitamin B12 Data for the South-West Population of Ireland’ by Lisa Kelliher (Cork Institute of Technology), Helen O’Shea, Norma Reidy
  • ‘Multi-step Reactions Employing Biocatalysis and Organocatalysis’ by Patrick Ojwe (Waterford Institute of Technology), Claire Lennon
  • ‘Orange Peels and Nut Kernels as Efficient Renewable Adsorbents for Removal of Pollutants from Water’ by Samantha O’Neill (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Ray Benson
  • ‘Reducing Nitrogen Emissions from the Irish Dairy Sector via Genetic Improvement’ by Katie O’Toole (Waterford Institute of Technology), Denise O’Meara
  • ‘Development of Molecular Sex Determination Methods for Small Mammal Remains Found in Barn Owl Pellets’ by Emily Quann (Waterford Institute of Technology), Denise O’Meara
  • ‘Macronutrient Intake of College Students and Factors Affecting Food Choice’ by Aoife Rodgers (Cork Institute of Technology), Aoife McCarthy

Poster Presentations

The following poster presentations will be made by recent graduates based on the work completed in final year of their undergraduate studies:

  • ‘Determination of Allinase activity in Allium sativum and Establishment of Allicin Antimicrobial Properties against Selected Bacterial Species’ by Levente Agardi (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Kevin Brennan, Bazla Alam, Carloalberto Petti, Jim Nolan
  • ‘Multi-step ‘unnatural’ C-C Bond Forming Reactions Employing Hydrolytic Enzymes’ by Rupali Ahashan (Waterford Institute of Technology), Claire Lennon
  • ‘The Development of pHEMA Contact Lenses for the Controlled Release of Ocular Therapeutics’ by Saoirse Casey-Power (Waterford Institute of Technology), Laurence Fitzhenry, Gautam Behl
  • ‘Western Blot Transfer and Detection of a Novel Biopharmaceutical Protein’ by Jennifer Drohan (Waterford Institute of Technology), Lee Coffey
  • ‘An Investigate into Shell Biorefinery – Valorization of Shellfish Waste in Commercial and Pharmaceutical Applications’ by Yi Xin Moey (Waterford Institute of Technology), Mike Kinsella, Helen Hughes
  • ‘Methods of Detecting Clostridium perfringens in Anaerobic Digestate’ by Chloe Quinn (Waterford Institute of Technology), Nabla Kennedy
  • ‘Determination of Viburnum opulus Pigments, their pH Responses and Evaluation of its Antimicrobial Properties’ by Daniel Raheem, Dale McGrath, Valentine Dehays (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Carloalberto Petti, Jim Nolan
  • ‘Determination of Total Phenolics and Total Pigments in Euonymus europaeus (European Spindle), and their Responses to pH and Light’ by Megan Savidge, Adam Lovett, Yvonne Lawler (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Carloalberto Petti, Jim Nolan
  • ‘Investigation of the Antioxidant Activity of Methyl Violet and Hydroxyl Groups’ by Marcel von Ascheraden (Cork Institute of Technology), Nikolay Petkov
  • ‘The Effect of Dietary Additions (Garlic, Onions, Seaweed) on Methanogens in Ruminants’ by James Waters (Waterford Institute of Technology), Nabla Kennedy

Prize Winners

  • Audience Presentation Award: ‘Orange Peels and Nut Kernels as Efficient Renewable Adsorbents for Removal of Pollutants from Water’ by Samantha O’Neill (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Ray Benson
  • Audience Poster Award: ‘Determination of Allinase activity in Allium Sativum and Establishment of Allicin Antimicrobial
  • Properties against Selected Bacterial Species’ by Levente Agardi (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Kevin Brennan (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Bazla Alam (Institute of Technology, Carlow), Carloalberto Petti, Jim Nolan
  • Scientific Presentation Award: ‘Reducing Nitrogen Emissions from the Irish Dairy Sector via Genetic Improvement’ by Katie O’Toole (Waterford Institute of Technology), Denise O’Meara
  • Scientific Poster Award: James Walters (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Registration Details

Registration for SURE 2019 in Carlow is available here.

Conference Schedule

SURE 2019 – Carlow – Conference Schedule

Conference Voting

Select your favourite Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation

Photographs

he vice President for Development and Research, Mr Declan Doyle, official opening of the conference proceeding

Dr Mark Healy

Shot taken during the Poster Session, visible on the right, Dr Helen Grogan (Teagasc, Ashtown) and Dr Dan Milbourne (Teagasc, Oakpark), the scientific committee, reviewing a  poster

Shot taken during the Poster Session

Registration, Dr Clare Lennon (WIT) and Dr Nabla Kennedy (WIT)

Poster Presenters: Dale McGrath and Daniel Raheem (ITC)

Shot taken during the Poster Session, visible Dr Petti (ITC) and Dr Guiomar Garcia Cabellos (ITC)

Shot of the audience during the presentation of Dr Jennifer Brennan (THEA)

Dr Jennifer Brennan, THEA

Dr Jennifer Brennan, THEA

Industry Keynote, Dr Marc Kelly, TEVA

Audience award Poster. Winners Bazla Alam, Kevin Brennan and Agardi Levente (ITC) and Dr Dowling, HOF (ITC)

Audience award Presentation. Winner Samantha O’ Neill (ITC) and Dr Dowling, HOF (ITC)

Scientific Presentation award. Winner, Katie O’ Toole (WIT) and Dr Dowling, HOF (ITC)

Scientific Poster award. Winner, James Walters (WIT) and Dr Dowling, HOF (ITC)

Dr Petti, introducing session 4: postgraduates and Research