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Serena O'Connor

Tell us about yourself

Hi there, I’m Serena! I’m from Dublin. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2018 with a BA degree in Engineering and I have just completed my final year of a BSc degree in Maths, Physics and Education at University College Dublin (UCD). I will be starting my MSc in Maths and Science Education at UCD very soon.

Why did you apply for the STInt Programme?

I have always been passionate about STEM and I feel this programme offers me an opportunity to develop a relationship with a STEM company, which will greatly benefit my future students. I want to show my students that STEM subjects and careers are accessible to all. Through this internship I can continue building a network of connections with people and companies in the STEM industry and academia, who can visit or work with my classes and inspire my students. As a teacher, I want to open my students’ minds to the possibilities of studying and working in STEM.

Where are you doing your ‘STInt’ in industry?

I’m delighted to have accepted a role at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS), Dunsink Observatory for summer 2021. Dunsink Observatory is part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics section of DIAS and it has been a centre for astronomical research and public engagement in Ireland since its foundation in 1785. My internship will be remote but I may be able to visit the observatory later in the summer. I have already been discussing ideas for projects that I can work on with my internship supervisor and I am really looking forward to starting! 

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