Science for Health
(formerly Nuffield Science Bursaries)
Nuffield Research Placements provide a unique opportunity for Year 12 students to spend 4 weeks during the summer at the Institute.
During this period they work under the supervision of Institute scientists, carrying out defined projects with achievable outcomes that contribute to the work of NIMR. The students make genuine contributions to their host lab and feel a real sense of ownership about their projects.
In 2012, 13 students from different schools participated. The experience is particularly beneficial for students who want to do science at university, particularly subjects like biochemistry, genetics or microbiology. It is intended to open students' eyes to the possibilities of a research-based subject and help students strengthen their grasp of what science students do at university. (Prospective medical students should be aware that this is not really relevant work experience for them; medics only contribute to medical research once they are registrars - after the MRCP, aged 28 plus.)
At the end of the Summer School students submit a report of their work to the Nuffield Foundation and receive a CREST Award (CReativity in Science and Technology) from the British Science Association. (CREST students undertake science and technology research projects which involve three elements: creativity, perseverance and application.)
Students also present their work at events organised by the Nuffield Foundation, and this forms a valuable part of the experience. Our students have frequently won prizes at an event run by Imperial College London.
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