STEM students at Trinity College Dublin celebrated with scholarships 

by Alex Greaney
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Johnson and Johnson announced its prestigious Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Undergraduate Award recipients from Trinity College Dublin. The Award recognises outstanding female students in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design.

Each recipient will receive a student award, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support them with pursuing future STEM careers. 

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines.

The Trinity College Dublin students selected to receive the scholarships are: 

  • Anna Jolly; Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Aoife Mary Morris; Chemical Sciences
  • Eva McDonnell; Pharmacy
  • Keela Duffy Naughton; Engineering with Management
  • Lydia Politi; Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Makua Ifediora; Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Mirela Sofia Mucenic; Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Naomi Adeniji; Engineering
  • Raea Michie; Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Sarah Sheridan; Biological and Biomedical Sciences

The faculty of STEM at Trinity College has a long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Thorsten Giesecke, General Manager, Commercial Business at Janssen Sciences Ireland said: “Congratulations to the Trinity College Dublin students who have been selected to receive the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D award. They will now benefit from a range of opportunities, which will provide them with the tools, resources & opportunities they need to excel in their careers. Through the programme, Johnson & Johnson aims to inspire and support more women to pursue a career in STEM after university and increase female representation in the STEM2D workforce.”

Professor Sylvia Draper, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin said: ‘I am delighted to support and promote this initiative which seeks to raise awareness of, and the need for, diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines and technologies. These J&J WiSTEM scholarships will provide financial support and also career mentorship and guidance for ten Senior Fresh undergraduates in STEM. It is never too early to start identifying your own unique skill sets, to understand what makes you different and know what is important to you. With this knowledge you can create an environment in which you and everyone around you can flourish. It is the first step in making our world a better place’.

The awards ceremony, held at the Trinity College Dublin campus, was attended by Fergus Sharpe, Government Affairs & Policy Manager, Janssen Sciences Ireland; Bríd Seoighe, Director of Medical Affairs, Janssen Sciences Ireland; Dr Lorraine Byrne, Executive Director of the AMBER Centre; Katie O’Brien, GOLD Associate, Janssen Sciences Ireland; and Anna Rafferty, Director of Strategy, Johnson & Johnson Campus Ireland. Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Award scholarship were also presented with bespoke framed glass artwork created by Fermoy-based artist, Suzanne O’Sullivan. 

Pictures: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

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