Piltown student among winners of healthcare company bursary

Ellen Liu, from Piltown, was presented with a bursary by global healthcare company Johnson and Johnson

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Ten winning students, including Ellen Liu, from Piltown, on Johnson and Johnson’s WiSteM2D programme in partnership with the University of Limerick

Kilkenny student Ellen Liu, from Piltown, was presented with a bursary by global healthcare company Johnson and Johnson as part of its WiSTEM2D Award Programme at a ceremony in University of Limerick (UL) recently.

‘WiSTEM2D’ refers to Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, and is part of J&J’s commitment to developing and implementing high-impact strategies to support female students undertaking STEM2D degree courses at UL and in universities around the world. This is the healthcare company’s third year partnering with the University. UL is one of 13 universities worldwide to participate in the programme, with University College Cork joining earlier this year.

Thirteen students were selected for the programme following a rigorous application process and one-to-one interviews. They will shortly be assigned a J&J female role model who will support and mentor them as well as affording them the opportunity to visit Johnson and Johnson sites across the country and develop their STEM networks in the industry.

Recent research conducted amongst UL students revealed that 29% of STEM undergraduates do not know what jobs to apply for, and further, of the 56% of students that have never visited an industry facility, 66% were female.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were the award winners’ family members, J&J mentors and UL academic STEM staff including Dr Teresa Curtin, faculty of Science and Engineering and MC Tracey O’Connell of EPI STEM.