An Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Miss Brakemi Egbedi, made the list of 254 winners of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship.
The Irish Research Council Scholarship programme is Ireland’s most prestigious award for researchers who demonstrate world-class potential as future research leaders.
Miss Egbedi who is on a Study leave at the Waterford Institute of Technology clinched her scholarship award as the only young African female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scientist in the Department of Science, Waterford Institute of Technology to bag the award for the year 2021.
The €28m (twenty-eight million euro) funding courtesy of the Government of Ireland through the Irish Research Council (IRC) for the next generation of researchers went the way of 330 beneficiaries in total i.e. 254 Postgraduate scholarships and 76 Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Brakemi Egbedi will, with her scholarship, research whether novel antimicrobial compounds can be extracted from waste shells generated from seafood processing companies for potential use in pharmaceutical applications.
According to Irish Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, 40 postgraduate scholarships out of the 254 will be awarded to researchers from Irish technological universities just as several of the awards will also be funded by strategic partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Met Éireann.
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos; Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, congratulates Miss Brakemi Egbedi on her success story describing her feat as another feather to the cap of the University of Lagos.
The Vice-Chancellor commends her dexterity and focus just as he wishes her a successful outing at the Waterford Institute of Technology during her scholarship programme.