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Five UCC Students Awarded Scholarships As Part Of Johnson & Johnson’s Wistem2d Awards Programme

The Johnson & Johnson family of companies in Ireland recently presented five students with scholarships as part of its Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Award Programme at a ceremony held in University College Cork (UCC).

Pictured at a UCC event to mark the award of scholarships by global healthcare company Johnson and Johnson (J&J) as part of its WiSTEM2D Programme are students Caoimhe Doyle, Jenny Redmond, Saoirse Trought, Ciara Hickey, and Katie Phelan.

The acronym WiSTEM2D refers to Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design. The WiSTEM2D programme underlines J&J’s commitment to developing and implementing high-impact strategies to support female students undertaking STEM2D degree courses at UCC and in universities around the world.

Following the success of the inaugural J&J programme at UCC in 2019, a further five students have been selected this year to receive scholarships, following a rigorous application process and one-to-one interviews. This year’s five winning students are: 1. Jenny Redmond, Chemical Sciences, 2. Saoirse Trought, Mathematical Sciences, 3. Ciara Hickey, Chemical Sciences, 4. Katie Phelan, Biological & Chemical Sciences and 5. Caoimhe Doyle, Mathematical Sciences.

Four runners-up in the scholarship awards will be assigned a J&J mentor as part of this year’s programme. A further seven students have received a bursary award, and they will also be assigned a J&J mentor this year. The mentors will support the students in their studies, afford them the opportunity to visit J&J sites across the country, and help them to develop their STEM2D networks.

In a recent survey among UCC students, 76% agreed that women are under-represented in STEM2D fields. A keen focus for this year’s WiSTEM2D programme looks to address this by embracing the concept that an equal world is an enabled world. This is particularly true for young women pursuing a career in STEM2D. A further 85% of respondents agreed that mentorship is critically important to developing a career in STEM2D.

The WiSTEM2D programme is unique in terms of offering young women studying STEM2D courses the opportunity to engage with women working in those careers. First-hand experience of site tours, mentoring, project and career workshops enable students to visualise exactly what it is like to have a career in STEM2D.

Professor Sarah Culloty, Head of the College of Science, Engineering & Food Sciences, UCC, said, “At UCC, we strive to bridge the gap that exists between male and female representation within the STEM2D industry. With J&J’s help, we believe that we can help nurture the minds of the female leaders that will drive future advances in STEM2D.”

Liz Dooley, J&J, presented the students with their scholarships and bursaries at the ceremony. Also in attendance were the award winners’ family members, J&J mentors and UCC academic STEM2D staff.

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