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Project Description

In 2016, the University of Limerick and Johnson and 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) at third level. The WiSTEM2D programme focuses on increasing the number of undergraduate women enrolling in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programmes at UL and those graduating with STEM degrees.

The programme consists of four main areas:

  • WiSTEM2D Research: Barriers women face in STEM
  • WiSTEM2D Student Awards
  • WiSTEM2D Team Projects
  • WiSTEM2D Industry mentors

Participating Academics:

  • Professor Merrilyn Goos
  • Dr Oliver McGarr
  • Dr Regina Kelly 
  • Dr Keelin Leehy
  • Dr Teresa Curtin
  • Dr David Tanner

WiSTEM2D Student Awards

All second year female students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design Subjects within the University of Limerick are eligible to apply for WiSTEM2D Student Awards. Successful applicants receive financial support, opportunities to develop their peer network, meet female role models from industry and be mentored by Johnson and Johnson industry leaders in their field. 

WiSTEM2D Team Project

All 2nd and 3rd year female students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Manufacturing Design course are eligible to participate in the WiSTEM2D Team Projects. The main purpose of the team projects is to assist students investigating issues that hinder female students participating in STEM at undergraduate level and pursuing STEMMD as a career. The topics of the research projects are informed research carried out by EPI*STEM, The National Centre for STEM Education. University of Limerick and Johnson and Johnson staff provide guest lectures and training at the meetings.