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UL Early Career Scholarship launched at the University of Limerick



UL Early Career Scholarship  – The attendees of the launch of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Early Career PhD Scholarship Programme at the University of Limerick this week. Picture: Brian Arthur.

The UL Early Career Scholarship studentship includes a scale of successful projects

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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Dr Cristiano Storni, Dr Reena Cole, Dr Shalini Singh, Professor Kerstin Mey, President of the University of Limerick, Dr Eoin White, Executive Dean Prof. Sean Arkins, Dr Vasanth Kannuchamy and Dr Ronan Grimes. Picture: Brian Arthur.

A UL Early Career Scholarship programme has been recently launched at the University of Limerick to support a 4-year PhD studentship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Design and Mathematics (STEAM).




The programme was launched by the Faculty of Science and Engineering facility that supports over 3,500 students and delivers over 30 academic degree programmes in Computing, Design, Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has extensive research capabilities which combine academic excellence and application in meeting industrial and social needs and currently has over 500 PhD researches and continues to provide research opportunities at doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

Early Career faculty members were successful in competing for the funded studentship in STEAM under their supervision, co-supervised by a senior faculty member.

The studentship included a scale of successful projects ranging from the molecular to the galactic including projects on the molecular attributes of the enzyme cytochrome c complex, the behaviour of spermatozoa and the implications for declining male fertility in the Western world and the formation of galaxies.

The funded projects will focus on a number of key research strengths in the faculty, including food science, pharmaceuticals, and sustainable energy generation.

The Science and Engineering Early Career PhD Scholarship Programme was launched by Professor Sean Arkins, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick.

Professor Arkins noted the wonderful range of exciting research projects submitted from across all the faculty’s disciplines. He commented that he was particularly pleased to see a project exploring the gender gap in Engineering and a cross-faculty project on early intervention in autism and remarked that the scale of projects went from the molecular to the galactic.

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