Scholarships open to send female students to unique international engineering summer academy

Galway Daily news scholarships open for engineering students at NUI Galway to attend international summer academy

NUI Galway is offering its female engineering students a unique opportunity to improve their skills and make connections with people from around the world at an International Summer Academy.

Scholarship applications are open for undergraduate woman studying engineering at NUIG to challenge themselves at the Summer Academy at the Univer­sity of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

The Academy brings together 30 female engineering students from 15 different countries for an intense two and half week course that combines theory with hands-on practical experience in engineering, informatics and natural sciences.

Mary Dempsey, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway said this is an incredible opportunity for young female students in science and engineering.

“Those interested in pursuing a career or further studies in this area get a unique chance to broaden their technical and scientific knowledge, to develop international contacts and to experience learning in a creative and fun way.”

The Academy bases the work these young engineers will be undertaking around broad topics covering Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Computer Sciences and Informatics.

It promises to look at the cutting edge questions and research taking place within these fields.

Ideas like the promises and dangers to society from synthetic biology, molecular biology, forensic DNA profiling and its computational analysis, and what computer science can learn from nature.

Other hot topic issues that will be examined include the ongoing question of online privacy, and evolving human computer interactions.

Six NUI Galway students have secured scholarships from the University to attend the Academy since 2017.

One of those was Biomedical student Aoife Fitzgerald who said she loved her time there.

“Coming from a biomedical background I learnt a lot about the field of engineering that I didn’t know before.”

“I met girls from all over the world, learning about loads of different types of cultures.”

It is an experience I will never forget,” Aoife said, adding “We visited so many different places here that I would love to return to again one day.”