Applications for the 2018 RMS Summer Studentships are now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted in due course.
Up to six studentships of £2000 are on offer, split evenly between physical sciences, biological sciences and interdisciplinary projects.
Applications for our Summer Studentships must include a significant microscopy component and should be submitted by suitable host academic on behalf of a student. The Studentship is offered on the understanding that a 500 word project report is completed by the student by the end of the period of study and submitted to the RMS. The report should be in the form of an abstract with Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion. It should also include images/data.
Awards will be made to students at the end of their second year of study for a three year degree or at the end of their second or third years for four year degree courses. Master’s students are not eligible. £1500 should be allocated by the supervisor to the student as a bursary to cover living expenses and £500 can be used to cover experimental and laboratory expenses.
The person making the application must be a Member or Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. If you have any questions about this award please contact Debbie Hunt.
2017 Summer Studentship Recipients
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.
Rhiannon Heard is in her 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. She 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.
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Last year’s RMS studentship recipient has since been offered and accepted a PhD position in Cambridge, partly thanks to the highly successful project that they were able complete with the studentship and that played a big role in them being offered the position. This clearly demonstrates to me how much the studentship makes a difference to the career of students.
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