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School of Informatics MInf student wins Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary

Claire Doherty, MInf students in the School of Informatics is one of three women in the UK to be selected for the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary.

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The Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary at Edinburgh University offers funding of £3,500 per year for one female student to take up a degree relating to high-tech innovation in the UK. The programme also offers mentoring and work placement opportunities at Amazon’s UK Development Centre in Edinburgh. The core aim of the bursary is to encourage and enable more young women to pursue a STEM career.

Claire, an MInf student at the School of Informatics, joins two other young female students taking part in the programme at King’s College London and Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.

The 19-year-old is doing cognitive science this semester and finding it interesting. She said: ‘My focus is on the language. AI is interesting, I find trying to decode how people think and apply it to machines fascinating’.

She added: ‘The important thing about this programme is that it’s not just the money but also mentorship so it’ll improve my employment prospects in the long run’.