Cormac Harte, from Malin, Co Donegal is an enthusiastic student ambassador studying Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science at ATU Donegal. Cormac’s transition into third level education began with a programme further afield. Cormac relocated back to Donegal as the travelling and expense of living in bigger cities to study became an issue.
Having explored his options, his passion for chemistry and physics encouraged Cormac to apply for the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science at ATU Donegal. Currently in third year of the programme, Cormac says: “I never looked back. I found accommodation and I live in Letterkenny, close to campus. I am only a short distance from home in Malin and I am thoroughly enjoying my time at ATU”.
Cormac won an award for the Best Analytical Science Student 2022. Uniquely awarded to the best performing Analytical Chemistry students, Cormac beat stiff competition from third level institutions across the country and will be proud to display his latest accolade on his CV.
Cormac always had an interest in all things Science. His love for physics and chemistry are complimented by the programme and both the theory and practical labs allow him to further explore and study in an area that is of keen interest to him. “The lab work is my favourite part. The labs and facilities on campus are very good and there is a whole lab for analysing drugs and chemicals. This is a very interesting part of the programme”, says Cormac.
Cormac is an enthusiastic Student Ambassador and volunteers at numerous events. This will allow Cormac to gain a digital badge in recognition of his efforts. He is also an active member of various societies and arranges guest speakers, events and activities: “I'm also a representative and writer for Astronomy Ireland which aims to promote space education and interest in Ireland. I'm also secretary of the science society in the university. I'm very interested in public outreach regarding science in general”, says Cormac.
Cormac is excited for the future after graduation. “The programme opens the doors to a wide variety of avenues. It recently got teaching council recognition which means that graduates could progress to a career in secondary school teaching in the subject area of chemistry. I personally hope to pursue a career in research initially and perhaps undertake a Masters by Research in a specific area”.
For more info on this programme click here - Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Science
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