Intel Ireland awarded the latest recipients of a scholarship and awards programme for DCU students. This is the latest round of the programme, which first began in 2018, and sees 29 students from Undergraduate and Master’s disciplines receiving awards and scholarships.
The programme forms part of an ongoing strategic partnership between Intel and DCU which was further strengthened following the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the head of Intel’s Irish operations, Eamonn Sinnott, and DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith, in 2017.
As part of the programme the DCU students selected to receive Masters scholarships will receive a monetary grant as well as ongoing support and mentor provision by Intel. The eligible students for these scholarships are each studying Masters programmes in Electronic and Computer Engineering or Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
The scholarship programme provides each participant with €3000 to support their academic studies and also ensures that students have the opportunity to experience practical learning which is aligned to the needs of industry. The provision of employee mentors by Intel provides students with a direct relationship to the world of work.
The students receiving Undergraduate awards each receive a monetary prize of €500. The award recipients are selected based on academic achievement and this year, for the first time, these achievements were assessed at both a group and individual level. Along with 4 students who were awarded based on individual achievements, 3 group projects were awarded for their outstanding work. The 3 group projects recognised were for work on an autonomous car, mobile robotics and a fireman project.
The presentations were made at a ceremony on DCU’s Glasnevin Campus by DCU Vice President of External Affairs, Trevor Holmes, and Bernie Capraro, Intel Research and Higher Education Programme Manager, who both underpinned the importance of investing in programmes such as this in order to ensure that Ireland continues to produce exceptionally talented graduates.
DCU Vice President of External Affairs, Trevor Holmes,
“This programme is a key enabler of collaboration and synchronicity between DCU and Intel, ensuring our close alignment as we each seek to develop and support a talent pipeline that will be fit for the future. Intel, as a leader in the technology industry, has a unique perspective on the engineering and technical requirements that the future will hold and programmes such as this are a pre-investment on their part in enabling the skills and knowledge that the next generation of our workforce will need”.
Bernie Capraro, Intel Research and Higher Education Programme Manager added,
“It is bright, creative and curious minds that will be responsible for the innovations of tomorrow and the technologies and discoveries that we have yet to imagine. It is exciting for us in industry to engage with these bright young minds as they make their way through their academic journey and we are delighted to do so again with DCU as we sponsor this programme for the third year”.