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Christmas comes early to two Laois students with €3,000 bursary awards

Christmas has come early to 11 students across second, third and fourth year at University College Cork – including two from Laois.

Ruth Bergin and Rose Delaney will each receive a €3,000 bursary plus industry mentoring and leadership training as part of an initiative to support women in STEM.

Ruth, a Naughton Scholarship winner in 2019 and a former student of Heywood Community School, is currently studying Data Science and Analytics.

While Rose, a former Mountrath CS student, is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

These bursaries are provided by Johnson & Johnson as part of their WiSTEM2D programme.

This aims to fuel the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.

The 11 recipients were chosen from almost 100 students across STEM programmes in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science at UCC and selected by three panels with representatives from J&J and the College.

Runners up will also receive mentorship and leadership training as part of the programme.

“The standard of application was just incredible and so many students are worthy of the award – it was so difficult to select just 11,” said Gillian Morgan of Janssen, Cork.

Professor Sarah Culloty, Head of College, Science, Engineering & Food Science at University College Cork, said: “We are thrilled that J&J have afforded us this opportunity for our female students in STEM.

“Links with our industry partners is crucial and our students particularly value this aspect of the programme.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.