John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition

The John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition is one of Ireland’s most respected and prestigious schools competitions. The competition is named after the first Director of Statistics of the Irish Free State and has become hugely popular with both students and teachers alike.

The competition provides an outstanding opportunity for students across the island of Ireland to showcase their data analytical and interpretation skills.

Participation in the John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition 2022 will improve students’ abilities to describe their environment with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life.

The competition will evaluate the students’ abilities to identify a real-world problem within their environment and with the help of statistics describe, analyse and interpret their findings in written and graphical form on a poster.

The John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition is a team competition and students may design a poster on any topic that they choose. Teams must comprise 2 or 3 members.

Students who have already worked on and entered a project in another science or statistical competition such as the BT Young Scientist Competition may also participate in CSO competitions subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Benefits
Students will benefit from participation by:
1. Working as part of a team – students learn collaboration, delegation and responsibility skills which are highly prized and coveted skillsets sought by potential employers.
2. Subject Matter Expertise – participating in the John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition allows students to showcase their expertise in a particular topic and develop their critical thinking abilities.
3. CV building – helps students to stand out when applying for 3rd level courses and creates competitive advantage when applying for jobs.
4. Gaisce Awards – competition entries may be considered for inclusion in the Gaisce Presidents Awards under the personal skills section.
5. Confidence – build confidence through self-directed learning, develop written and graphical skills and represent your school by showcasing project work in a national competition.

Prizes
As well as the prestige of winning the John Hooper Medal for Statistics, there are substantial cash prizes on offer to the value of €3,200. The schools represented by the teams also receive cash prizes.

1st Place - €1,600 (of which €1,000 is awarded to the school and €600 is awarded to the team)
2nd Place - €1,000 (of which €650 is awarded to the school and €350 is awarded to the team)
3rd Place - €600 (of which €400 is awarded to the school and €200 is awarded to the team)

Prizes also include:
• Beautiful engraved sterling silver medals for the first-place winners.
• Framed certificates.
• Invitation to the CSO Awards Ceremony.
• Winners of the John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition 2022 will also be eligible to represent their country in the European Statistical Competition 2022.

Key dates
Registration - Now open
Poster submission closes - 4 March 2022 (5pm)
Winners announced - 1 April 2022