School of Physics Placement Poster Seminar

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Mairead Leahy, winner of Best Poster for Physics Technology, with President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton

08 October 2013: The School of Physics has hosted a Placement Poster Seminar, which showcases the great range of work that students from the School undertook during their seven month work placements.

Third year students from a wide range of specialities including nanoscience, medical physics and materials science took part in placements from February to August 2013 in a range of locations including hospitals, research institutions and medical device and manufacturing companies both in Ireland and internationally.

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Ariel Pacula, winner of Best Poster for Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering, with President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton

The seminar – in the Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin Street - displayed placement posters created by 25 students. Attendees at the event, which included students and their families, lecturers and industry figures, were given a chance to see the problem solving skills, ingenuity and creativity demonstrated by students while on placement.

Dr John Doran, Head of the School of Physics at DIT, spoke to the group ahead of prizes being awarded for four posters.

He paid tribute to everyone involved in the work placement scheme, which is now in its seventh year and has now had its second placement poster seminar. He thanked staff involved in the scheme, particularly its co-ordinators,  Dr Jacinta Browne and Dr David O’Brien.

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Ji Yoon Kim, winner of Best Poster for Science with Nanotechnology, with President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton

“The placement poster seminar is important for several reasons – including the fact that it gives an opportunity for external stakeholders to see the work that is undertaken, for second level students to get an idea of what students do through their courses and for students in earlier years at the School of Physics to see the opportunities available through the placement scheme and to foster a sense of community,” said Dr Doran.

He said that several students have received job offers as a result of their placements – to take up on completion of their courses. Students have also received postgraduate offers on the basis of their placement work or research.

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David Lynch, winner of Best Runner Up Poster, with Prof Michael Devereux

Prizes were awarded by the President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton, and Prof Michael Devereux, Director and Dean, College of Sciences and Health.

Ariel Pacula won Best Poster for Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering. He was placed with the Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging.

Ji Yoon Kim won Best Poster for Science with Nanotechnology. She spent her placement at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in UCD.

Mairead Leahy won Best Poster for Physics Technology. She was placed with the National Standards Authority of Ireland.

Another prize was given for the best runner up across all the poster categories – this was awarded to David Lynch, who is studying Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering. His placement was with St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

The poster placement seminar was funded by the School of Physics, DIT Hothouse and the Institute of Physics.

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