Huge range of questions today. Everything from space, dinosaurs, and global warming! Looking forward to those curried crickets!
Maynooth University (2009-2013), St. Mary’s College (2004-2009)
B.Sc in Science
Stability Analyst in Norbrook Laboratories Ltd. (2014-2015)
PhD researcher in Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology
Finding the amount of vitamins and fatty acids in milk using analytical chemistry
My Typical Day
Checking results from yesterday’s experiments, figuring out why the experiment didn’t work, reading, writing.
What I'd do with the money
I would start a competition aimed at students who want to compete in the BT Young Scientist or SciFest competitions.
Students from around the country would submit an experimental plan. The plan should outline why the experiment is taking place, the method they will use, any problems they expect to face and how they will overcome them. The winning students will use the prize money to buy any chemicals or equipment to complete the outlined project. Hopefully this will be a big help to any students who have their eye on the Young Scientist or SciFest competitions. Or any other type of competition that you need to come up with an experiment, those are just the most popular ones.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquisitive, enthusiastic, kind
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Don’t really have a favourtie, whatever happens to be stuck in my head I suppose. Today it’s been: I really like you, by Carly Rae Jepson
What's your favourite food?
Enchiladas. I could eat them all day, every day
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling around Europe for two weeks during the summer
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn’t really have a plan. I liked studying science so I decided to just keep doing it
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
I’ve always liked chemistry
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
The best thing has to be the feeling you get when an experiment finally works after lots of attempts and planning
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
I really liked science in school and college, so I guess becoming a scientist was a logical choice
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Possibly a teacher?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
More money, a better car, and a cure for a receding hairline
Tell us a joke.
I once asked a cow what it thought of Mad Cow Disease, the cow replied: sure it wouldn’t bother me, I’m a helicopter!…………Get it?………….I’ll get my coat