Eight Limerick students awarded prestigious STEM scholarships

Natalia Melnicka, Trinity College Dublin; Megan Hough, Munster Technological University; Megan Chan, University College Cork; Ynnalei Lingat, University of Limerick and Emma Bannigan, University of Galway, are pictured in Thomond Park with bespoke framed glass artworks to mark their receipt of a scholarship from global healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson, as part of its WiSTEM2D Programme. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.

EIGHT Limerick students are among over 60 nationwide to be awarded at the prestigious Women in STEM undergraduate awards.

Maria Kazimierczak, Juliette Pinson, Catherine Storan, Feruza Rameto, Ynnalei Lingat, Anna Flannery, Ellen Murphy, and Maya Sreenan were awarded scholarships as part of the Johnson & Johnson’s Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Undergraduate Awards at a national event held in Thomond Park.

The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise outstanding female students in the STEM2D disciplines of science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, and design.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science Simon Harris said: “Huge congratulations to the recipients of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Award on their achievements. What they have achieved to date is inspirational and I hope will encourage more women to study STEM.”

“There is so much more we can do to reduce the gender gap in STEM studies and, as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science I am committed to pulling every lever to do so and making sure that there are no barriers to educational opportunities,” the Minister said.

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Anna Rafferty, Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D university lead and director of strategy, added: “Our Irish WiSTEM2D journey started in Limerick in 2016, and it is wonderful to be here again eight years on to see how this programme has grown.”

“This is now a truly national initiative, impacting the early careers of women and STEM in all corners of the country.”