UL Launches New STEM2D Programme
The University of Limerick and global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson have launched a significant collaborative education programme to support and encourage women to pursue educational opportunities in STEM2D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design).
Launched by Minister of State for Equality, David Stanton TD, the new WiSTEM2D programme will focus on increasing the number of undergraduate women enrolling in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programmes at UL and those graduating with STEM degrees.
Supported by J&J, the new programme will build on UL’s ongoing work to expand the reach and quality of STEM education, attracting more women to careers traditionally dominated by men.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Leisha Daly, Country Director, Janssen said, “Building a diverse STEM2D community is one of a number of approaches J&J is taking to accelerate the development of female leaders. As a company that is to the forefront in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we are increasingly aware of the fact that only one quarter of people currently working in STEM related careers in Ireland are women”.
Five female students at UL were presented with the first Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D awards recently by Professor Don Barry. The awards were open to all female students of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design Subjects entering their 2nd year of study in 2016/2017. Students were awarded €4000 and will be provided with opportunities to meet and work with female role models from industry, receive mentoring by Johnson and Johnson industry leaders in their field and develop their peer network.
Award Winners were Áine Bromell (Limerick) Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering; Emma Tobin (Wexford) Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering; Marie Salova ( Kerry) Bachelor of Science in Product Design and Technology; Janice O’ Gorman (Cork)Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry and Becky Pienaar (Limerick) Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Health.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has entered into 10 partnerships around the world to encourage the increase of undergraduate women enrolling in STEM2D related disciplines, and UL is the only Irish university to be chosen to participate.