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Sunday 24 March 2019

Clare-based Beckman Coulter invites female students onsite to encourage careers in STEM

Student Aoibhínn O'Mahony, 1st year St Joseph’s; Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler, Student Mollyjane Sweeney, 1st year St Joseph’s; Ruth Hanley, Beckman Coulter R&D Scientist and St. Joseph’s Science and Maths teacher Mairead O'Brien. Picture: Eamon Ward
Student Aoibhínn O'Mahony, 1st year St Joseph’s; Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler, Student Mollyjane Sweeney, 1st year St Joseph’s; Ruth Hanley, Beckman Coulter R&D Scientist and St. Joseph’s Science and Maths teacher Mairead O'Brien. Picture: Eamon Ward
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A clinical diagnostics firm have invited secondary school female students on site to discover what a career in science would look like.

Clare-based Beckman Coulter is welcoming girls from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla to meet some its leading women scientists.

The visit, which takes places on International Women’s Day, is part of a new eight-week programme between Beckman Coulter and St. Joseph's.

It has been designed to encourage more girls to choose Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects.

Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler, said that to celebrate the #Balanceforbetter theme this International Women’s Day, the company is meeting "those who could be the scientists – or our employees - of the future".

"We want to highlight the pathways open to girls through Stem, to open their eyes to the many possibilities that a career in science can offer and to hear first-hand from some of Beckman Coulter’s talented female scientists who are, after all, based just a few miles away from their school," she said.

The US-headquartered firm, which makes biomedical lab instruments, boasts a gender balanced workplace, with a 54pc female to 46pc male ratio at the site.

At the top level, the representation of men and women in senior management roles is equal.

Students from St Joseph’s Secondary School reached the finalist stages at the recent BT Young Scientist of the Year event at the RDS in Dublin.

Science and Maths teacher Mairéad O’Brien said the collaborative initiative with Beckman Coulter will allow students to experience first-hand what career in the technology, maths and science sector holds.

"The GiftED programme is aimed at  first and second year students and it hopes to have a profound influence in encouraging more female students to opt for science based subjects at senior cycle which in turn will hopefully lead them to opt for third level courses in this field," she said.

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