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The seventh John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition has once again been a great success. Thanks to all the schools, teachers and students taking part for making the competition a great success. The judges were impressed with the entries to the competition in 2017, the standard of the entries rose again this year. The imagination, ingenuity and industry displayed is inspiring.

The seventh John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition was launched by Padraig Dalton, Director General on the Central Statistics Office on 20th October 2016. Thousands of students registered for the competition from the whole island of Ireland. 255 posters, both Irish and English language entries, were received in the CSO.

The 255 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:

 

Kathleen O'Sullivan

Lecturer & Director of The Statistical Consultancy Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences

University College

Cork

 

Anthony Dawson

Statisician

Agriculture Prices

Central Statistics Office

Cork

 

Kieran Murphy

Lecturer in Mathematics

Calmast

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

Fiona O'Callaghan

Statistician

Methodolgy

Central Statistics Office, Cork

 

The panel had an arduous task to assess the shortlisted posters and pick the winners.

The results of the final judges deliberations are given below:

 

John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2017

Winners:

First prize and winners of the John Hooper Medal for Statistics 

Students: Ella Brennan, Jessie Oyenuga

Teacher: Claire Treanor

Loreto Secondary School

Granges Rd

Kilkenny

 

  • This poster will represent Ireland in the International Statistical Literacy Program poster competition in the category - students born in 1998 and younger

 

Second prize

Students: Bronagh Cassidy, Aoife Lowth, Rachel Campbell

Teacher: John White

St. Vincent’s Secondary School

Seatown Place

Dundalk

Co Louth

 

Third prize

Students : Lynn Sweetnam, Eva Murphy

Teacher: Stephen McLaughlin

Bandon Grammar School

Bandon

Co Cork

 

The John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2017 prizes will be presented by a Minister

at an award ceremony in October 2017. (Place, time and date to be decided)

 

Order of Merit

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

 

Students: Andrea Whyte, Amy Fallon

Teacher: Meighan Duffy

Athlone Community College

Retreat Road

Athlone

Co Westmeath

 

  • This poster will represent Ireland in the International Statistical Literacy Program poster competition in the category - students born in 2001 and younger  

 

Students:  Neidin Mooney, Sarah Reynolds, Hannah Keane

Teacher: Jack Neylon

Coláiste Muire

Harmony Row

Ennis

Co Clare

 

Students: Eve Morrissey, Stephanie Woods

Teacher: John White

St. Vincent’s Secondary School

Seatown Place

Dundalk

Co Louth

 

Students: Damilola Alabi, Denise Walsh, Leah Finnegan

Teacher: John White

St. Vincent’s Secondary School

Seatown Place

Dundalk

Co Louth

 

Students: Rose Geaney, Dominika Fortuna

Teacher: Laura Hogan

Scoil Chonglais

Baltinglass

Co Wicklow

 

Students: Tadhg Carew, Jack Quirke

Teacher: Marian Keating

The Abbey School

Station Road

Tipperary Town

Co Tipperary

 

Students: Rachele Ardiff, Aisling Leahy, Sarah Henry

Teacher: Sabrina Conway

Dominican College

Griffith Avenue

Dublin 9

 

Students: Ronan McElligott, Dylan Savage, David Ryle

Teacher: Siobhan Stokes

Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School

Mounthawk

Tralee 

Co Kerry

 

Students: Suzanne Bateman, Elyse Dennehy-Crowley

Teacher: Stephen McLaughlin

Bandon Grammar School

Bandon

Co Cork

 

Students: Amy O'Mahony, Shauna Flynn

Teacher: Andrew Fitzpatrick

Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School

Mounthawk

Tralee

Co Kerry

 

Students: Aimeé Byrne, Cónagh Fitzgerald, Maggie Nolan

Teacher: Andrew Fitzpatrick

Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School

Mounthawk

Tralee

Co Kerry

 

Students: Barry O'Keeffe, Leo Downes, Tom Gibson

Teacher: Andrew McKimm

Blackrock Road

Rock Road

Blackrock

Dublin

  

 Feedback from the judges on the posters

The Chair and the judges noted the continued overall improvement in the standard, quality and the impact of the posters this year.

There were some issues with the legibility of some of the posters so if you are using a background, make sure that the text is in a colour that stands out from the background so that it can be clearly read. Also, make sure that the axes and labels of your graphs are readable. Sometimes colours and fonts can look different on screen than on paper so it might be a good idea to print a copy of your poster to see how it looks before you submit it.

Think about the appropriateness of the graphs that you use. The purpose of a graph is to present data that are too numerous or complicated to be described adequately using text; there is no need to use graphs for small amounts of data that could be conveyed succinctly in a sentence. Graphs should help the reader to understand your results so be sure to label your axes and use a legend if required.


Describe your data source(s) and if you have selected a sample, describe how you selected it and the population that it is supposed to represent. If you are referring to or quoting other published work then you should include the references in your poster.


Finally, make sure to proof-read your poster before you submit it as typos and spelling mistakes can take from the overall impression of a poster.

Avail of the many online guides that can help to improve the overall impact of your poster, e.g. http://hsp.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/ScientificPosters.pdf

Thank you

Congratulations on your involvement in the Seventh 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 johnhooper2017@cso.ie.

Eoin McCuirc,
Assistant Principal
Databank and Dissemination
Central Statistics Office (CSO),
Skehard Road,
Cork City.
Ireland

Phone: (+353) 21 453 5504

Mobile: (+353) 86 4535741

E-mail: eoin.mccuirc@cso.ie