Two DCU students were among the 17 women who were awarded scholarships for their achievements in technology at a ceremony on November 18th.
Zenouska Murphy and Catrina Carrigan will each receive €2,000 per year for their studies, a work placement in Intel’s Leixlip plant and a mentor throughout their academic career.
“I think the main thing that helped me stand out was talking enthusiastically about my course and mentoring at CoderDojo,” said Catrina Carrigan, who studies Computer Applications.
“Having the summer work experience combined with my intra placement will mean I graduate with a year’s worth of work experience. I think seeing the industry from early on in my degree will help me decide the career path I want and let me gain more experience,” she said.
The 17 young recipients join a programme that has seen €160,000 invested in the past three years and which aims to encourage women to start careers in science and technology.
“At Intel we are very passionate about workforce diversity, particularly gender diversity, because we fundamentally believe, and it is proven, that our business benefits from having diverse employees,” said Intel’s Fab 24 factory manager, Ann-Marie Holmes.
“Women are under-represented in the technology workplace and this programme creates an important opportunity for us to encourage more young women to pursue careers in science and technology, as well as giving them first-hand experience of the career opportunities at Intel,” said Holmes.
Each of the recipients is studying a science, engineering or technology course in universities across Ireland. The scholarships are awarded based on the student’s Leaving Certificate results, a personal statement and an interview process on the Leixlip campus.