Intel Women in Technology Awards 2011

Intel in Shannon continued its focus on promoting science and engineering in the local area by holding its sixth annual Women in Technology (WIT) award ceremony recently. Four new scholarships were awarded, bringing the total number of scholars to twelve for the 2011/2012 academic year.

The WIT program, now in its sixth year, aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in technology. Intel Shannon works closely with local schools and colleges to help ensure that our educational system continues to produce the exceptional quality of graduates that has helped to make Intel in Ireland so successful.

At a special ceremony to celebrate the scholars Anne Kelleher, Ireland HR Director, presented 13 scholarships to each one of the participants who are studying an Electronic and Computer course in a number of 3rd Level institutes including University College Cork, NUI Galway, University of Limerick, Waterford IT and University College Dublin.

Anne congratulated the scholars and their families on their achievements and also highlighted the importance of creating a diverse workplace as a key element to creating a challenging and productive work environment.  A total of 19 individual scholars have been awarded scholarships to date with six of these girls now in full time engineering positions at the Shannon facility.

In speaking about the initiative Jonathan Walsh, General Manager at Intel Shannon said “Intel is very excited about the continued success of this program, the benefit to the company and the benefit to the scholars. Women are under-represented in the technology workplace and this program enables us to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology, as well as giving them firsthand experience of the career opportunities at Intel”.

“We had six of the scholars on placement this summer” Jonathan continued, “This was a great opportunity for them to experience working at Intel and the scholars go back to college with a better understanding of how their course work relates to their future career options. We look forward to welcoming them back next year”.

Each year the programme offers scholarships valued at €2,000 per annum as well as opportunities for work placements at the Intel Shannon campus. Each scholar is assigned a mentor who is an Intel Shannon employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career. Scholarships are open to female students starting, or in the first two years, of relevant degree or diploma courses. Current award recipients are from the mid-west region and are studying courses ranging from Electronic and Computer Engineering to Mathematical Sciences and Digital Media Engineering.

Three more scholarships will be awarded in 2012 with information packs being distributed to all schools in the region and to all the Third Level institutes with applicable courses. Interested students should complete an application form and return them to their careers office before April 27th 2012. Information on the scholarships may be obtained by contacting school Career Guidance teachers, colleges Careers Office or by contacting Intel Shannon by e-mail at shannon-scholarships@intel.com.

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Pictured at the recent celebration event to mark Women in Technology – back Row (Left to Right) Karen Doyle, Jacqueline Kearny, Eimear Morrissey, Dana Madigan, Meghan Halton, Alison O’Shea, Ciara Loftus, Christine Trahe, Rhona Wade, Anne Kelleher, Katherine Hogan, Sophie Lennon. Front Row (Left to Right) Eimear Nolan, Kim Marie Jones, Jenny Mc Carthy, Sophie Renshaw, Eimear Roche, Siobhan Butler.

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