Sarah Ryan-Purcell - Experience/Education


B Ed in Education and Psychology
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick IE

  • The B Ed in Education and Psychology is a four-year, full-time, honours degree (Level 8), which prepares graduates to be primary level teachers and gain a degree accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.
  • Graduates are eligible to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology.

Work Experience

Program Planning & Execution Intern
STEM-Away Inc.
May 2021 - aug 2021

Responsibilities include:

  • Onboarding new STEM-Away users
  • Developing a collaboration framework for the virtual internships and modular internships
  • Facilitating mentor-intern communication
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Providing project management resources to teams
  • Supporting Leads in team management
  • Addressing individual intern queries
  • Attending and contributing to meetings with the STEM-Away team

Developmental Psychology Intern
Science Internship Program @ UCSC
Jun 2019 - aug 2019

  • Research intern to PhD candidate, Elizabeth Goldman, studying resource distribution among children aged 4-6 years.
  • Assisted in lab activities including conducting social experiments, scheduling, literature reviews, data analysis, coding results
  • Also assisted PhD candidate Yu Zhang with her studies on children’s analogical reasoning and early mathematical understanding.
  • I am now an international ambassador for the Science Internship Program.

UTC Aerospace Challenge
United Technologies Corporation (Raytheon Technologies) & New York Academy of Sciences


  • Member of a team of six students from across the globe, partaking in a challenge project to enhance user experience in the aerospace industry.

STEM Scholars Mentee
United Technologies Corporation (Raytheon Technologies) & New York Academy of Sciences

  • Online mentorship program where mentees are paired with STEM mentors and complete tasks and activities to develop skills in leadership, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.
  • I received the ‘Distinguished Student Award’ and the ‘Traliblazer Award’ at the Global STEM Alliance Summit in New York 2018 & 2019.

Blackrock Castle Observatory

  • Volunteer assistant in space-themed birthday parties and summer camps
  • Representative of the Blackrock Castle Observatory at regional, national and international space science events.
  • Tour guide of the castle and the science exhibit