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Biological Sciences

Taking science to college laboratories

Published: 13 December 2011

Biological scientists at Southampton will soon be spreading the word about the joys of experimental research.

They will be working with A level students at Peter Symonds College in Winchester on real laboratory projects to give them a genuine insight into the life of a scientist.
The University of Southampton has received a Wellcome Trust Society Award to enthuse young people about careers in biological science and generally improve scientific literacy. It is hoped the spring 2012 initiative, called ‘Authentic Biology’, will also introduce biology teachers to current laboratory practice and encourage them to carry out more practical experiments with their students.

“We believe this project will bring the excitement of practical research at university level to young people studying for their A levels,” explains Lindy Holden-Dye, Professor of Neuroscience. “Levels of scientific literacy should be improved in the community, we feel this initiative will certainly help.”

Academics at Southampton are now working on suitable projects to use next term, reflecting their personal interests in neuroscience, biofilms and plant science. This initiative follows an earlier Wellcome Trust-funded project that engaged A level students in Kent in academic research in molecular biology and protein biochemistry.

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We believe this project will bring the excitement of practical research at university level to young people studying for their A levels.

Lindy Holden-Dye - Professor of Neuroscience
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