2023

IRIS AWARDS

NOMINEES

The IRIS Awards recognise our bright young researchers, the teachers who support them and our partners who make our projects a reality.

BEST RESEARCH PROJECT

ALTRINCHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS

The use of DNA Origami nanostructures to help solve compatibility issues with transplants to reduce organ transplant rejection risk.

 

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OUR LADY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, NEWRY

The development of reusable ionic liquids to establish greener and more sustainable methods for the catalytic synthesis of esters.

 

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KING EDWARD VI CAMP HILL SCHOOL FOR BOYS

Using the XGBoost AI algorithm to help particle physicists streamline the process of identifying rare particle decay, such as the Higgs boson.

 

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BEST RESEARCH TEAM

LIMAVADY GRAMMAR

A collaborative approach to the Big Data: ATLAS project. They split into research groups to gather the most evidence possible for their research.

 

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DERBY COLLEGE

A sophisticated comparison of different governments’ responses to the Covid pandemic and the impact various restrictions had on the number of deaths.

 

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DIXONS SIXTH FORM

Creative self-led research which evaluated the versatility of ionic liquid, BMIM Chloride, in preventing the growth of E. coli, a type of gram-negative bacteria.

 

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BEST RESEARCHER

SELMA – LIVERPOOL UTC

Selma developed a nano-dentist robot which will be able to regenerate tooth enamel using DNA Origami technology.

 

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EDWARD – RALPH THORESBY

Edward developed code required for the DNA Origami software to produce 3D models of the DNA nanostructures.

 

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ELLIOTT – LIVERPOOL UTC

Elliott researched how types of bacteria on a person’s skin attract mosquitos using a Scanning Electron Microscope.

 

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OUTSTANDING TEACHER

DR KAREN MARSHALL – LADIES COLLEGE GUERNSEY

Karen’s commitment to running projects with IRIS for the last five years has enabled her students to help solve problems specific to Guernsey.

JAYNE PIERRE – DIXONS SIXTH FORM

Jayne’s infectious passion for research has motivated students to undertake creative, innovative projects on topics which interest them most.

BROOKE PORTER – DOVER GIRLS GRAMMAR

Brooke has fostered a community where collaborative and curious young researchers can develop their skills and pursue their own research.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

DR MARIEKE ROYLE – MULLION SCHOOL

Marieke has run ecologically-minded projects which benefit the local area and encouraged students to see themselves as researchers who can make a difference.

 

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LIVERPOOL LIFE SCIENCES UTC

Liverpool UTC have encouraged students from STEM fields, as well as those in other disciplines, to use and learn about the Scanning Electron Microscope.

 

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DR JAMES PERKINS & DR ALEX BALL

These passionate individuals from Queens Elizabeth’s Grammar School and the Natural History Museum run an impressive programme that loans a Scanning Electron Microscope to schools.

 

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OUTSTANDING PARTNER

ATLAS TEAM

The ATLAS team have gone above and beyond with support, workshops and events to inspire young researchers to imagine a future in particle physics.

 

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COSMIC MINING TEAM

The Cosmic Mining team have supported aspiring astronomers in classifying stars using spectra from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

 

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QUEENS UNIVERSITY BELFAST

The team at QUB launched the latest ionic liquids project, inspiring students to consider the environmental impact of chemical production.

 

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IRIS AWARD WINNERS 2022

Learn about last year’s winners of the IRIS Awards and the incredible research that took place.

 

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OUR PROJECTS

Inspired? Get involved. IRIS projects support students and teachers, wherever they are on their research journey.

 

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