Our Phd researcher, Sonia Lenehan, was voted the winner of Neon Zone’s I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! I’m a Scientist is an online STEM engagement event where students chatted and interacted with scientists through online chats and forums. The students then voted for their favourite scientist.
Sonia was asked a variety of questions such as ‘what got you into brain development’, ‘what are you hoping to achieve with your eye-tracking assessments’, and ‘which do you prefer, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor’ (Gryffindor!!). The students were incredibly engaging and Sonia really enjoyed being a part of the event. The questions were incredibly thoughtful and insightful. Sonia had an amazing experience and would encourage scientist at all stages of their careers to consider taking part in this event.
Sonia wins €500 to be used for a public engagement project of her choice. Sonia plans to work with the National Council for the Blind with the intention of setting up an interactive science programme for children with visual impairments or blindness.