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John Hooper Medal for Statistics – Results 2012

 

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The second John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition has been a great success this year. Thanks to all the schools, teachers and students who took part and made the competition such a success. It is heartening to see the depth of creativity, talent and knowledge displayed in the posters submitted. Congratulations to all the students who took part in the competition and submitted a poster.

The second John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition was launched by the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock T.D., on 20th October 2011. Thousands of students registered for the competition from the whole island of Ireland. 283 posters, both Irish and English language entries, were received in the CSO.

The 283 posters were initially judged in two phases by teams from the CSO according to a detailed judging criteria and 15 posters were shortlisted for the final judging phase. The final judging panel chaired by Fiona O’Callaghan consisted of:

Linda Daly FSA FIA
Lecturer/Actuary
Dept. of Statistics,
School of Mathematical Sciences,
University College Cork

Joseph Keating,
Statistician,
Short term statistics Data Collection Unit,
Central Statistics Office Cork

John McKeon
Regional Development Officer (retired)
Project Maths Development Team, Kildare

Kieran Murphy,
CALMAST
Waterford Institute of Technology

Fiona O'Callaghan
Statistician
Agriculture Data/Prices Division
Central Statistics Office, Cork

Dr. Julie O’Donovan
Mathematician at Cork Maths Centre
Lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology


The panel had the difficult task to assess the shortlisted posters and pick the winners. In the interest of fairness and impartiality any identification of the students/schools on the posters were covered throughout the judging process.

The results of the final judges’ deliberations are given below:

John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2012

Winners:

First prize and winners of the John Hooper Medal for Statistics

 

Students: Aidan Mulloy, Brian Fallon

Teacher: Padraig Costello

Blackrock College,

Blackrock,

Co Dublin

 

 

Second prize

 

Students: Emily Gleeson, Ashyle Cota, Aoife Troxel

Teacher: Dee King

Dominican College,

Taylor's Hill,

Galway

Third prize

 

Students: Claudia Ní Lachtnáin, Jean Langford.

Teacher: Maria Ni Ghóillidhe

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh,

Meal Sior Anraí,

Cathair Luimnigh

 

Highly Commended

 

Students: Robert Cronin, Denis Kelleher

Teacher: Padraig Costello

Blackrock College,

Blackrock,

Co. Dublin

 

The John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2012 prizes will be presented by Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock T.D., at an award ceremony in the Clock Tower, Dept of Education and Skills, Marlborough St., Dublin at 12:00 on Wednesday 24th October 2012.

 

Order of Merit


The following posters were given an order of merit by the judges:

  

Students: Callan McErlain, Eoin McAuely

Teacher: Nuala Devlin

Cross and Passion College,

10 Moyle Road,

Antrim

  

Students:  Mark Hall, Tim Nugent,

Teacher: Padraig Costello

Blackrock College,

Blackrock,

Co Dublin

 

Students: Catherine Aherne, Somer Culhane

Teacher: Máire O' Brien

Coláiste Mhuire,

Askeaton,

Co Limerick,

 

Students: Emily Hand, Emma Kelly, Andrea Kelly

Teacher: Anne Marie Nolan

Our Lady’s College,

Greenhills,

Drogheda,

Co Louth

 

Students: Nicole McNamara, Aileen Butler

Teacher: Maryann Callinan

Ursuline Secondary School,

Thurles,

Co Tipperary

 

Students: Shellie Galligan, Kelly Ryan

Teacher: Maria Ni Ghoillidhe

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh,

Meal Sior Anraí,

Limerick 

 

Students: John Fadian, Joe Ginty, Sean McFadden.

Teacher: Joanne Mellett

Coláiste Pobail Acla,

Achill Sound,

Co Mayo 

  

Students: Anna Joyce, Claire Scott, Nicole Morris.

Teacher: Maryann Callinan

Ursuline Secondary School,

Thurles,

Co Tipperary 

 

Students: Samantha Murphy, Kate Lawless, Karen O' Reilly.

Teacher: Aine Rourke

Maryfield College,

Glandore Rd,

Drumcondra,

Dublin 9 

 

Students: Laura Bartley, Amber Penders, Jessica Keller.

Teacher: Anne Marie Nolan

Our Lady’s College,

Greenhills,

Drogheda,

Co Louth 

 

Students: Rowena Creagh, Aoife Magee.

Teacher: Virginia Shanahan-Desmond

Drogheda Grammar School,

Mornington Road,

Drogheda,

Co Louth 

   

Feedback from the judges on the posters


Some feedback from the Chair of the final judging panel on the posters, itemised by the judging criteria, could help students improve future statistical work.

  • Clarity of message

Very good generally. Most posters clearly stated an objective and conclusion. Make sure that your poster answers the question(s) posed in your objectives.

  •  Data collection

Make sure to state where the data came from, what the sample size was and how the sample was selected.

  •  Analysis and conclusions

It is very important to choose an analysis which is appropriate for the type of data collected (e.g. analysis that are suitable for continuous data are usually not appropriate for categorical data).

  •  Graphs and tables

Make sure to label the axes of all graphs and try to select a style of graph that best conveys your message.

  •   Presentation

Take care with spelling and the overall alignment and formatting of the poster. Try to avoid having too much text and relying completely on series of slides. Try to use a mixture of text, graphs and images.

  •  Creativity/Importance

Originality and creativity in the research question is important. Try to create an eye-catching poster.

Thank you

Congratulations on your involvement in the Second John Hooper Medal for Statistics poster competition. Thank you to all the people who participated, assisted or were otherwise instrumental in making this competition such a great success.

Feedback welcome

Please send your feedback and comments on the John Hooper Medal for Statistics poster competition to johnhooper2012@cso.ie.