Christopher Dunne 2018-11-30

Ten female students were recently presented with bursaries from global healthcare company Johnson and Johnson (J&J) as part of its WiSTEM2D Award Programme.

University of Limerick (UL) is one of 13 universities worldwide to participate in the WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design) programme.

“A key aim of the WiSTEM2D programme is to inspire young women to bring diversity of ideas and opinions to typically male-dominated STEM careers,” director of EPI*STEM at the National Centre of STEM Education Professor Merrilyn Goos said.

Recent research conducted amongst UL STEM undergraduate students revealed that of the 56% of students that have never visited an industry facility, 66% were female, according to J&J.

This scholarship allows recipients to meet women who work actively in the industry and garner practical experience through site tours, mentoring and career workshops.

The ten winning students were:

  1. Aisling Greaney, Biomedical Engineering, from Limerick City.
  2. Alannah Aherne, Bioscience, from Ennis, Clare.
  3. Cliodhna O’Shea, Financial Maths, from Corbally, Limerick.
  4. Ellen Liu, Aeronautical Engineering, from Castletroy, Limerick.
  5. Fiona Neylon, Industrial Biochemistry, from Ennis, Clare.
  6. Iva Gregovic, Design and Manufacturing Engineering, from Raheen, Limerick.
  7. Jiale Ryan, Financial Maths, from Corbally, Limerick.
  8. Maya Brennan, Product Design & Technology, from Castletroy, Limerick.
  9. Niamh Munday, Product Design & Technology, from Enniskeane, Cork.
  10. Siobhán Regan, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, from Moycullen, Galway.

Speaking on behalf of J&J, Head of External Affairs Anna Rafferty explains that the company remains “committed to supporting women in STEM.”

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