The second annual Janssen / CIT Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Degree Scholarship has been awarded to Juleah O’Mahony, a student of Cork Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Science(Hons) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology degree course.
This annual bursary is open to all first year students of CIT’s Pharmaceutical Biotechnology degree course. The bursary comprises of financial support for the duration of the course, as well as an opportunity to undertake a work placement at Janssen Sciences Ireland UC’s Ringaskiddy campus.
Speaking at the bursary presentation, Liz Dooley, General Manager, Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, said, “Here at Janssen, we recognise the importance of encouraging young graduates with their educational opportunities, understanding that they are a valuable asset to the workforce of the future. The dedication, determination and passion shown by this year’s entrants demonstrates the drive that is there from students studying the sciences.
“As a major employer in Cork, and having the strong relationship we do with CIT, the bursary is hugely important in terms of providing young people with employment opportunities post-third level education, particularly when they are pursuing employment in STEM careers.”
Dr. Brendan O’Connell, Head of Department of Biological Sciences, CIT, said, “We are delighted to partner with a global healthcare leader such as Janssen Sciences Ireland UC. CIT prides itself on offering our students industry focused programmes that provide students with the skills required to excel in their career. The Scholarship presents an outstanding opportunity for our students and is a really positive endorsement for the BSc (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology course.”
As part of the application process, students were asked to show an understanding of the role of a biotech graduate in the design and operation of a pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical plant. The successful applicant, Juleah O’Mahony, and runners-up, Cathal McGreal, Ciara Barry, Darragh O’Callaghan, David Graham and Lisa O’Sullivan, were all assessed by a selection committee, with representation from both CIT and Janssen Sciences Ireland UC.