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Notre Dame Student Selected as Finalist for “Young Scientist of the Year” Competition

Congratulations are in order for second year student Ashleigh Ruane, who has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious “Young Scientist of the Year” award in the National Science and Engineering Competition.

The National Science and Engineering Competition is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education. The Competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All finalists, including Ashleigh, will showcase their project work at the “Big Bang Fair” in March where the eventual winner will be chosen.

Ashleigh’s project is based on producing a new cancer treatment using only an injection of magnetic nanoparticles and an external magnetic field, causing them to heat up and kill the tumour. She said, “My research took around 3 months, and the end result was that I discovered how to most accurately calculate heat production in the human body due to the magnetic field (something future scientists may use).”

Ashleigh is currently studying for A levels in Biology, Physics and Maths. We wish her every success at the fair in March and with her future scientific endeavours.

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