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Biological SciencesUndergraduate study

Vacation studentships

Vacation studentships are available to talented and motivated undergraduate students who would like the experience of working on a research project with academics in Biological Sciences during the summer vacation after their second year of study.

We also work with sponsoring agencies to provide vacation scholarships to undertake a research project in our labs during the summer.

Previous Vacation Studentships

Photo of Joshua Cox
It was definitely worthwhile to learn the realities of lab research, understanding how systems work.
Joshua CoxBiochemistry
Photo of Esther von Schulthess
I was involved in all steps, from planning the experiments through analysing the results obtained.
Esther von SchulthessBiochemistry
Photo of Nash Matinyarare
Medicine .... is an amazing thing to do but I think biological research is even better as could mean the end of crippling diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Nash MatinyararePhD Neuroscience
Photo of Harriet Etheridge
Following the second year of my degree I was eager to apply for one of the few studentship placements offered by a number of departments.
Harriet EtheridgeBSc Biomedical Sciences, 2012
Photo of Thomas Vincent
It was very enjoyable and good preparation for work on my dissertation which I have been researching and writing up in my third year. I found this kind of research so rewarding.
Thomas VincentBiology
Photo of Mike Allwright
The paid placement has given me the knowhow to tackle my third year project with more confidence.

More about vacation studentships

Every year, second year students are invited to apply for summer vacation studentships within Biological Sciences. These projects are funded by a variety of sources including the Wellcome Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and a number of learned societies. The projects range from studies in structural biology to environmental investigations and they provide first hand experience of what it’s like to work in a research environment.

Applications are normally made in February when students, along with the academic supervisor, produce a case for financial support by the funding body. If the application is successful the grant will include a sum of money to provide financial support for the student for the 8-10 weeks duration of the project (normally undertaken in July and August)

Student’s who take part in the project will supervised by a project group leader and team of post-doctoral and post-graduate researchers, and will become a fully integrated member of the group for the summer.

These summer projects are an excellent introduction to Third Year Project that is a major component of the final year (accounting for 25% of the final year mark). Vacation studentships provide invaluable experience of designing and executing experiments, analysing and interpreting data and communicating findings – all of which will be revisited in the Third Year Project. Participants will also be expected to write a final report for the funding body.

These summer studentships are also a useful addition to your CV and the academic supervisors are well placed to provide an informative reference, particularly if you are interested in pursuing a research career.


Contact information

For more information on vacation studentships please contact Dr David Tumbarello:

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