A little bit

About me

I am a first generation university student from a socio-economically disadvantaged background. I attended a DEIS primary and secondary school and have taken part in many outreach programmes over the years.

Despite coming from an area where less than 10% of residents obtain a third level degree1, I have managed to do remarkably well in my studies.

After completing secondary school I attended a college of further education where I studied Pre-University Science (Laboratory Techniques) and achieved full marks in all of my modules.

This performance gained me acceptance into Dublin City University's undergraduate in applied physics programme. I am currently in my third year of undergrad and achieve a first class honours average in my modules.

To date I have been involved in one major research project, a collaboration between DCU and ADAPT research center. The project received over €42,000 in funding from Science Foundation Ireland. The aim of the project was to engage teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds, in workshops discussing topics that would enhance their understanding of AI.

I was also involved in an Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Programme titled 'Automated Data Conversion For Mapping a Transparent Conducting Materials Figure Of Merit'.

Skills

Expertise

Due to my background in Physics, I am highly qualified and experienced in these three key areas.

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Laboratory Techniques

5+ Years of laboratory experience in areas such as physics, chemistry and microbiology makes me an asset in any laboratory setting.

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Problem Solving

My degree has trained me to be an expert problem solver, helping me to think of simple solutions to complex real world problems.

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Programming

Completing both introductory and advanced programming modules has made me an adept programmer in languages such as Python.

Quotes

Some past feedback

These are some memorable quotes past mentors across various organizations have given about me.

TCD ADAPT DCU Beneavin
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Photonics Researcher,
Trinity College Dublin.

Post-Primary Maths
Advisor, PDST.

Chief Technical Officer,
Dublin City University.

Access Outreach,
DCU / ADAPT.

Kenny Yu

Darren Murphy

Alan Hughes

Aidan O'Driscoll

"Jamie was my mentee in the DCU Structured Mentorship Programme. During that time, [he] demonstrated both strong engagement and outstanding attitude towards highly technical research work ... displayed an outstanding appetite for learning, upskilling and appeared to have a special interest in photonics and optics research. But regardless, I believe [he] would make a significant and meaningful contribution in his chosen field."

"Jamie has always worked diligently at any task he set his mind to in both physics and maths. [He] was also a part of a group of students that helped me to compile tutorial videos of the experiments on the Leaving Certificate course for physics. ... [he] has shown an interest and passion for learning in both disciplines and would be an asset to any college."

"Very pleasant personality, easy to work with. Could be set a broad task & he would just go and do it. He was a quick learner with the computing tasks he was set."

"Jamie played an integral role in facilitating our co-creation workshops between DEIS schools and DCU researchers which led to the development of a Transition Year project aimed at encouraging more students to choose STEM subjects through an exploration of Artificial Intelligence and Data. Working closely with researchers, DCU staff ... [he] has been professional, diligent and contributed to the success of “AI in my Life” so far."

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"Jamie played an integral role in facilitating our co-creation workshops between DEIS schools and DCU researchers which led to the development of a Transition Year project aimed at encouraging more students to choose STEM subjects through an exploration of Artificial Intelligence and Data. Working closely with researchers, DCU staff ... [he] has been professional, diligent and contributed to the success of “AI in my Life” so far."

"In the Access programme, it’s important for us to put forward ambassadors who can encourage and inspire prospective students facing significant barriers to entering third level. Jamie has excelled as an example of how students can reach their full potential and has helped the Access programme to grow our mission of bringing more students to DCU from under-represented areas."

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