RMS Summer Studentship Placements Announced

We're pleased to announce the four 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. Four Summer Studentships were offered to be used in the summer of 2017, two for life sciences projects and two for physical sciences projects and we are now pleased to announce the four 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 four projects span a great range of microscopy techniques and will help to further some really interesting research. I wish all four students the best of luck with their summer work and hope that they will find it really enjoyable and worthwhile.”

Physical Sciences Studentships

William Cartwright is a 3rd year Masters student in Physics at the University of Durham. William will be using a novel atomic force microscopy measurement tool to investigate the effect of curvature on the mechanical properties of synthetic extracellular vesicles, a promising tool for nanomedicine.

Yekuan Shentu is in his 3rd year of a Masters in Engineering at the University of Oxford and will use this studentship to conduct a project combining academia and industry. He will spend time in Oxford and at Deben UK using advanced in situ microscopy techniques to characterise the high rate behaviour of polymers under quasistatic conditions.

Life Sciences Studentships

Nikita Patel is in the 3rd year of her Masters in Pharmacology at University College London. In a project conceived by Nikita, she will further investigate the potential use of mesenchymal stem cells and will use multicolour 3D confocal microscopy to image the lung and spleen in and ex vivo and intravital microscopy to gather completely novel data.

Vinayak Ramdhun is a 2nd year undergraduate at the University of Leicester studying Medical Biochemistry. Sparked by his interest in the central principle of molecular biology, Vinayak will use single-molecule microscopy to dissect the mechanism of promote melting by human GTfs and Pol II in mRNA transcription.

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

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