Oughterard student wins top science award

oisin Molloy, a winner of the J&J WiStem2D team competition.

oisin Molloy, a winner of the J&J WiStem2D team competition.

Roisin Molloy, from Oughterard, studying Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at UL, is a student on Johnson and Johnson’s WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design ) programme and is one of a group of four students who won an award at an International Women’s Day Conference called Press for Progress held in UL last week.

The WiSTEM2D: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (STEM2D ) programme was established by Johnson & Johnson in 2015 with the aim of providing additional support at undergraduate level and encouraging women into exciting STEM careers. A total of 20 students from science, technology, engineering, maths, manufacturing, and design courses were selected to participate in the WiSTEM2D Team Projects in 2017.

As part of the programme, these students met at workshops where they discussed their experiences as women pursuing a career in STEM, listened to female STEM role models and engaged in projects that aimed to challenge STEM stereotypes. Each student was allocated a J&J mentor and provided with the opportunities to visit J&J manufacturing sites.

The students worked in groups to produce five videos that aimed to specifically target stereotypes in design, engineering, biology, technology and chemistry. At the IWD event, the students displayed their projects and the winning team was presented with a trophy and an additional bursary.

At the conference, Kyran Johnson, General Manager, Janssen Sciences Ireland, said they are delighted to partner with UL on International Women’s Day to highlight the positive changes we have made in this area by addressing the gender imbalance gaps and building a diverse, professional female STEM talent pipeline. As the most diversified healthcare company in the world, we remain focused on growing, nurturing and propelling ground breaking women leaders as they transform healthcare today and the future of healthcare tomorrow.”

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