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Regeneron Ireland announces new awards programme in partnership with UCC

4 Feb 2019
Thomas Coneran takes a selfie with fellow award winners Eilishe Purcell and Peter Townsend.

Regeneron, in collaboration with University College Cork, has announced its new “Regeneron Ireland College Awards”.

Regeneron is providing selected students pursuing degrees in science, engineering and related disciplines a monetary sum to support their studies in addition to a paid co-op internship with an assigned employee mentor at Regeneron’s facility in Limerick.

MSc Biotechnology students Peter Townsend, Thomas Coneran and Eilishe Purcell were the first “Regeneron Ireland College Award” winners from UCC. The students attended an award ceremony with their families and college faculty members at Regeneron’s facility in Raheen Business Park, Limerick.

Students were invited to enter the Regeneron awards at the start of the college semester by preparing a presentation about specific topics related to their academic studies. The shortlisted candidates then presented and discussed their findings with a group of senior Regeneron managers who selected the eventual winners.

Niall O’Leary, Vice President and Site Head, Regeneron Raheen: “Here at Regeneron we recognise that good people are the key to our success. We know that our strong relationship with UCC will help us highlight the opportunities in our industry and we can work together to make graduates workplace ready. We are very much looking forward to seeing how our winners progress through their careers and we are very proud to be giving them such strong support at the start of their journeys.

Tommie McCarthy, Professor in Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC: “Our national CAO system shows that the top 15% of our secondary school students now pursue science related courses in college. As an educator for over 30 years, I have never been more impressed with Irish science students and we are committed to working with industry to provide them with talented graduates. UCC’s education collaboration and partnership with Regeneron provides our students the opportunity to pursue meaningful roles that fully utilises their talent and gives them the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.” 

Staff from this School that attended the Awards ceremony were Dr Eoin Fleming, Dr Sinéad Kerins and Dr Justin McCarthy. Dr Dave Clarke, School of Microbiology, Dr Eric Moore School of Chemistry and Ms Yvonne Harding, Work Placement Manager for College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), Careers Office were also in attendance. Yvonne Harding was instrumental in setting up the “Regeneron Ireland College Awards”. 

John Crowley, Senior Director Process Sciences, Regeneron;  Peter Townsend; Thomas Coneran and Laura Callinan, Associate Director Process Sciences, Regeneron.

John Crowley, Senior Director Process Sciences, Regeneron; Thomas Coneran; Peter Townsend and Laura Callinan, Associate Director Process Sciences, Regeneron.

 

Sarah Whelan, Associate Director Quality Assurance; Eilishe Purcell and Ellen O’Rourke, Quality Assurance, Associate, Regeneron.

Sarah Whelan, Associate Director Quality Assurance; Eilishe Purcell and Ellen O’Rourke, Quality Assurance, Associate, Regeneron.

 

Professor Tommie McCarthy, Director of the MSc in Biotechnology programme at UCC and Professor in Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in UCC

Professor Tommie McCarthy, Director of the MSc in Biotechnology programme at UCC and Professor in Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in UCC.

 

Attending the Regeneron Awards ceremony were Dr Eric Moore, School of Chemistry, UCC; Yvonne Harding, Work Placement Manager for College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), Careers Office, UCC; Dr David Clarke, School of Microbiology, UCC; Award winners, Thomas Coneran, Eilishe Purcell and Peter Townsend; Dr Justin McCarthy, Dr Eoin Fleming and Dr Sinéad Kerins, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

Dr Eric Moore, School of Chemistry, UCC; Yvonne Harding, Work Placement Manager for College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), Careers Office, UCC; Dr David Clarke, School of Microbiology, UCC; Award winners, Thomas Coneran, Eilishe Purcell and Peter Townsend; Dr Justin McCarthy, Dr Eoin Fleming and Dr Sinéad Kerins, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

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