Ten University of Galway students receive scholarships from Johnson & Johnson

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University of Galway students with bespoke framed glass artworks to mark their receipt of a scholarship from Johnson & Johnson. Pictured are students Gemma O'Brien Hehir, Laura Burke, Niamh Corcoran, Sophie Spellissy, Rebecca Norris, Laura Quinn, Emer Nic Roibín, Sarah Daves, Syakira Amani Khairul Nazri and NMairead Rowland with Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, University of Galway, Anna Rafferty, Director of Strategy at Campus Ireland, Johnson & Johnson and Michael Gilvarry, General Manager, CERENOVUS. Photo Martina Regan

Ten students at University of Galway have been chosen as recipients of the prestigious Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Undergraduate Award from Johnson & Johnson.

The award recognises outstanding female students in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design.

Each of the ten recipients will receive a student award, mentoring and leadership training, an opportunity to attend careers workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events.

The University of Galway students selected to receive the scholarships are:

  • Emer Nic Roibín; Bachelor of Science; Belfast

  • Gemma O’Brien Hehir; Biomedical Engineering; Galway

  • Laura Burke; Biomedical Engineering, Moycullen; Galway

  • Laura Quinn; Bachelor of Arts (Mathematical Studies and Information Technology); Renmore, Galway

  • Mairéad Rowland; Biomedical Science; Rossport, Ballina, Co. Mayo

  • Niamh Corcoran; Biomedical Engineering; Leacarrow, Co. Roscommon

  • Rebeccca Norris; Bachelor of Science; Athlone, Co. Westmeath

  • Sarah Daves; Marine Science; Austin, Texas; USA

  • Sophie Spellissy; Computer Science and Information Technology; Ennis, Co. Clare

  • Syakira Amani Khairul Nazri; Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology); Waterford City

The undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016 and has since supported over 400 women.

The programme expanded to include UCC in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022.

Michael Gilvarry, General Manager at Cerenovus, congratulated those who were chosen as recipients of this year’s award.

“I am sure that they will enjoy the benefits that the programme has them to offer in supporting career development, including visits to our facilities, and the opportunity to engage with a mentor,” he said.

“Johnson & Johnson recognises the importance of supporting women early in their careers, to aid the development of female STEM leaders for the future. We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion to drive innovation and progress.”