RMS Summer Studentship Placements Announced

We're pleased to announce the five projects that have been selected to receive this year's summer studentships.


To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Royal Microscopical Society in 2014, we launched the Summer Studentship programme. This scheme is designed to help students further their studies and gain invaluable experience in their chosen field of study to add to their CV.

Five Summer Studentships were offered to be used in the summer of 2018 and we are now pleased to announce the recipients and their research projects. Prof Chris Hawes HonFRMS, the RMS Executive Honorary Secretary said “We had an unprecedented number of applications this year which made it very difficult to make the final decision! These projects span a great range of microscopy techniques and will help to further some really interesting research. I wish all the students the best of luck with their summer work and hope that they will find it really enjoyable and worthwhile.”

Stephen Watson is working towards his Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow.  He proposes to study 3 dimensional magnetic structures using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Currently magnetic data storage is mostly confined to 2D planar structures, utilising the 3rd dimension offers great prospects for future applications.

Rashid Khashiev is a second year student in Natural Sciences (NST) at the University of Cambridge.  Rashid’s experience in fluorescence microscopy and computational image analysis will help to carry out the proposed microscopical analysis of embryonic development in the green micro-algae Volvox and other members of the family Volvocaceae.

Tilly Hancock is in her second year of a Master’s degree in physics at the University of Bristol.  Her interest in the processes of photosynthesis and plants’ self-regulation is the ultimate focus of the proposed project.  After first hearing about methods of imaging biological matter, such as laser confocal microscopy, on a STEM summer school, she has become enthused about using microscopy, imaging and spectroscopy for a biological or medical purpose. This project will combine these two interests, using structured light scanning in microscopy to enable to study stomata in plant leaves.

Owen Underwood is a second year undergraduate in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Nottingham, and the project aims to validate the Teluc BRET imaging technique and investigate receptor pharmacology at the endogenous single cell level. The programme of work will involve investigation of single cell ligand binding using bioluminescence microscopy in previously established live cells engineered with CRISPR/Cas9 to express Teluc/ β2AR or Nluc/ β2AR under endogenous promotion as well as over-expressed receptors.  It will provide for high quality training in cutting edge microscopy and CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering techniques.

Emma McCormick is currently in her third year of an MPhys Physics degree at the Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde. Using microscopy to understand the cell biology of Streptomycetes is vital to understand their life cycles, morphological changes caused by secondary metabolite production and quantifying production of extracellular components. The primary aim of this project is to use standing wave microscopy (SWM) to study the morphology of various Streptomycete strains of interest which have various mutations causing changes in their metabolite production.

Once their projects have been completed, all five students will write up their work for our membership magazine infocus.



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