A student in the School of Computer Science Negotiated Learning MSc programme has been awarded a UCD-Intel Masters Scholarship along with 14 of her peers from the Colleges of Science and Engineering. Chyna De Los Angeles and her co-awardees would ordinarily have attended an event to celebrate their awards, but under the COVID 19 restrictions they decided to each record a short video about their career to date and their aspirations for the future. This project, called ‘Message in a Bottle’ showcases the various routes that each of them took to this point in their academic career.

 

Chyna is originally from the Philippines but grew up in Cork. She did her bachelors degree in Digital Humanities and Information Technology in UCC, majoring in both Digital Humanities and Computer Science and minoring in Philosophy. She had a keen interest in computing even as a small child and is a passionate believer in the potential of AI to help build a better world if used properly.  For Chyna, the scholarship brings personal and practical benefits. She and the other students had weekly meetings with their mentors in UCD. During a trip to the Intel Campus in Leixlip, she was intrigued by the various teams who work in the company and excited to see people working in an industry that she hopes to join soon. Winning the scholarship has given her the confidence and motivation to drive herself forward to achieve her ambitions.

“As someone who is about to step into the working world, I am lucky to have had the opportunity to gain deeper insights on the world of work, from amazing people currently in the position that I hope to be in someday.”

Chyna is a student on the MSc (Negotiated Learning) in the School of Computer Science. This is a MSc for students who have a strong background in Computer Science. It allows students to customise their learning path and to tailor what they learn to their own specific needs and career aspirations. For Chyna this was key to her decision to take the course. She also enjoys the blend of theory and practical applications in the modules.

Intel Ireland Ltd. and UCD announced a new phase of their strategic partnership in January of this year.  Over the next 5 years the two organisations will work closely across three key areas: talent, research, and national policy associated with research and education. As part of this partnership, Intel has committed to funding 48 scholarships to students in the colleges of Engineering and Science between 2020-23. As well as a €3,000 bursary to support their academic studies, scholars are given the opportunity to experience practical learning aligned to the needs of industry. Additionally, they are provided with employee mentors by Intel to give them a direct relationship to the world of work.