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Undergraduate Research Experience Placements summer 2013

Published: 1 April 2013
Hands on research

The Graduate School of National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS) is pleased to announce two undergraduate Research Placements for summer 2013 giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience.

NERC (National Environment Research Council) are continuing their Research Experience Placements Scheme (REP) with the aim of encouraging individuals with quantitative skills into environmental science research. NERC has defined the eligibility for the awards, the types of research projects, the funding and reporting details; and the Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS) has defined the application. Selected students must meet all of the following criteria:

Eligibility:

  • Have at least a grade C in Mathematics at A level (or equivalent in Scotland)
  • Be studying for a degree in a quantitative discipline
  • Be undertaking the placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree
  • Be part way through their undergraduate degree (or integrated Masters)
  • Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (UK, EU or right to remain in the UK)

Proposed research projects must:

  • Have a clearly defined objective
  • Be within the remit of NERC
  • Be suitable for a student to sensibly complete within the timescale of the award
  • Give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and should not use the student as a general assistant
  • Be based at the UK organisation, although they could involve some fieldwork (within the funding limits)
  • Include more than purely a computer/modelling component i.e some element of fieldwork, data collection, activity to give an understanding of the wider context etc.


Placement Details, Funding and Reporting

Each Research experience placement (REP) is for up to 10 weeks during the 2013 summer vacation. The value of each REP is £2,500; £200 per week to the student and £500 towards research expenses during the placement. The student and awarding organisation will be required to submit a brief report on the outcome of the bursary to NERC by 31 October 2013. Further details on the report will follow later.


Application Procedure

Prospective REP students should review the list of PhD projects offered within the Graduate School in order to identify supervisors with appropriate research interests to host the summer placement. The prospective student should then contact the supervisor and set up a mutually agreed topic for the summer research project. The topic should have a title and a short 3-line description. The student should then supply a Research Experience Placement via email to gsnocs@soton.ac.uk providing title, supervisor and short description of project, including a CV by 07 May 2013.

The applications will be assessed by a subpanel of the GSNOCS Committee and the REP awards will be announced by 21 May 2013.


Ocean & Earth Sciences Careers Day 2013
Ocean & Earth Sciences Careers Day 2013

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