Semefab's Annual Awards Recognise STEM Students

Glenrothes semiconductor manufacturer Semefab has acknowledged the exceptional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills of students in Fife, with the award of twelve prizes and two summer placements. The twelve students from fourth and sixth year at Auchmuty, Glenrothes and Glenwood high schools were presented with cash prizes and trophies. And, for two talented sixth year pupils – Jacqueline McMillan (Glenwood) and Craig McGowan (Auchmuty) – they will join Semefab over the summer to gain vital work experience, having won the Dr John Bruce award for excelling in STEM subjects. Semefab’s Managing Director, Allan James, commented: “The Dr John Bruce Memorial Awards, which we launched in 2019, are held dear to all those at Semefab. Each year, we remember Dr John Bruce’s exceptional talent and celebrate his legacy by encouraging and engaging young people to achieve great results in STEM subjects. This year, we have awarded Jacqueline and Craig with the opportunity to come and work with us over the summer, and benefit from on-the-job training and development.” In addition to its annual awards, Semefab has donated five Huion graphics tablets to Auchmuty High School’s maths department. These tablets have creative interactive problem solving scenarios, helping to improve the young students’ understanding of concepts. It is also sponsoring the school to enter the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, a global challenge with the aim of inspiring through hands-on STEM learning and encouraging interest in real world themes to develop key employability skills that are crucial for life and future careers.


S4 Semefab Award
1st - Aleena Ali - Aleena is a very hard-working girl who has just completed National 5s in Maths, English, Chemistry, Biology, History, Art and Graphic Communication. She is a very able scientist with a real passion for art and for drawing.  This year she is undertaking Highers in Maths, English, Graphic Communication, Art and Chemistry.  She is so determined to do Art and Chemistry that she is undertaking both subjects in the same time slot in the timetable, splitting her week between the two and keeping up in both through self-study.  A very worthy winner.

2nd - Cailin Sword - Cailin is a very dedicated pupil who has just completed National 5s in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, German and Design and Manufacture. She is incredibly hard working and is also taking on 5 Highers this year, studying English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geography. Cailin is incredibly hard working and has a real aptitude for STEM subjects and is always willing to help those around her.

S6 John Bruce Awards
1st - Jacqueline McMillan - Heading to Edinburgh Uni to study Mechanical Engineering.  Jacqueline has just completed Advanced Highers in Chemistry, Maths and Physics having achieved 5 Highers in S5 in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics and Graphic Communications.  Jacqueline is as hard working a pupil as you could hope to meet and has a great enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

2nd - Harris MacDonald - Heading to Dundee University to study Medicine.  Harris has just completed Advanced Highers in Chemistry, Physics and Maths as well as a Higher in Biology having achieved 5 Highers in S5 in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics and German.  Harris is a very hard-working pupil who has shown a real ability in Sciences and Maths and a real commitment to achieving his potential.


S4 Semefab Award
1st - Claire McNab - Claire 7 A pass estimates including 4 STEM subjects
Claire is studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths and English at Higher level. She is still undecided on her future career being interested in both medicine (cardiology or neurosurgery) and engineering (aerospace). She’d like to further her education in either St Andrews or Edinburgh. Claire enjoys athletics (shot putt and javelin) as well as learning to play lead guitar!!

2nd – John Poole - John 7 A pass estimates including 3 STEM subjects
John is studying Maths, Physics, German, English and Modern Studies at Higher level. As he is interested in a career in finance, he is going to pick up his courses in Accounting & Business Management in S6. John hopes to study for his degree in either Edinburgh or Glasgow and enjoys his spare time playing football and watching rugby.

S6 John Bruce Awards
1st – Hana Saeed - Hana 3 AH STEM subjects plus 5 A passes at Higher including 4 STEM subjects.
Heading to Edinburgh University to study medicine and fulfil her lifelong ambition to become a doctor. Hana is to graduate and work as a hospital doctor, but is not yet sure of the specialism she will work in. She was inspired by her time following the Sutton trust summer programme taking modules in medicine and Chemistry. Hana has been a school vice-captain this year, leading the pupil voice on learning & teaching. Hana was a member of the First Chances project all through secondary school taking part in a range of academic activities with St Andrews University and Fife College.

2nd - Rachel McNab - Rachel - 3 AH STEM subjects plus 5 A passes at Higher including 4 STEM subjects.
Rachel is hoping to study medicine at St Andrews University or Aberdeen University. She is keen to graduate and work as a hospital doctor – but is not sure of the specialism yet. In her spare time Rachel is keen on athletics with various disciplines in track & field under Fife Athletics Club. Rachel took part in the Sutton Trust summer school studying modules in medicine and Biology which has helped to confirm her career choice. Rachel has been a school prefect this year with responsibility for the learning & teaching pupil voice.


S4 Semefab Award
1st Amy Kilpatrick - looking to study Astrophysics at St Andrews University.

2nd Skye Thomson - looking to become a tattoo artist and use skills from both art and graphic communication to pursue this.

S6 John Bruce Awards
1st Jaden Lenny - is going to study Biochemistry at Dundee University. 

2nd Erin Ralston - is going to study medicine at Edinburgh University.

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