Subcellular location of PKCalphaII-GFP (green) in Green Monkey COS-7 cells using laser scanning confocal microscopy two days after transfection. The actin cytoskeleton is stained with Texas Red-phalloidin and the endoplasmic reticulum (purple) identified with an antibody to calreticulin.   By Lorene Langeberg, Scott Lab Manager at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Portland, OR.
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Summer Vacation Studentships

Deadline for the next round of studentships: 13 February 2009

Due to the huge number of quality applications received each year the Biochemical Society has increased its summer vacation studentship funding allocation (from £40,000 in 2008) to £65,000 worth of awards for the 2009 round.

Grants are for stipends of £200 per week for 6 – 8 weeks and up to £1,600 in total.

These are available for 2nd or 3rd year* undergraduate students to spend their summer working in a research lab. (* Only applicable to 3rd year undergraduates on a 4 year degree programme.)

The Society will also consider overseas applications that fall under the same remit.

Students awarded grants will receive three years' free student membership to the Biochemical Society upon submission of their final project report.

Applicants working in the molecular biosciences can offer placements to promising undergraduates so they can gain first hand experience working in a laboratory and with researchers. The studentship proposal must support a research project that has a clearly defined objective which also meets the Biochemical Society’s Guidelines and Criteria.

Interested applicants can view the Biochemist articles from the 2006 studentships (written by students and their supervisors) which may provide more information about the experiences gained:
August 2006
December 2006

Key points about the Biochemical Society’s scheme:

This studentship scheme is competitive and the assessment will be made primarily on the scientific merit of the research project and on the suitability of the named student.

Applications will be assessed by a Studentship Award Panel, appointed by the Biochemical Society, which will take advice where necessary from expert referees.

Grants are made to the institution to which the applicant belongs, not to the supervisor, on the understanding that it will administer the award.

Universities and institutions are strongly encouraged to support the studentships by providing consumables and a support or mentoring mechanism for the student.

The host institution is responsible for providing adequate facilities, and for ensuring that all necessary requirements of regulatory authorities and ethical committee approvals are in place before the work begins and are maintained for the duration of the grant.

The supervisor is responsible for the conduct of the research.

Applicants (supervisors) must be members of the Biochemical Society working in a university or research institute.

Applications must be made on behalf of and in association with a named student. Once an award has been offered it cannot be transferred to another student.

The student applicant would ideally be an undergraduate following a degree course in biochemistry or a related molecular life science subject.

The Society would consider accepting intercalating undergraduate medical students following a course in biochemistry or a related molecular life science subject.

Students will take up the award during the summer vacation before their final year.

The grant proposal submitted would be within the remit of the molecular biosciences, and must not form part of the student's normal degree work.

Preference will be given to research projects with a clearly defined objective, achievable in the time available, and which give the student scope for thought and initiative.

It is a condition of the award that the student subsequently submits a report and a digital photo of themselves and also the supervisor (no more than 2 sides of A4) summarising:

  • The aims of the project
  • Description of work
  • Assessment of results and outcomes of studentship
  • Future directions in which the project could be taken
  • Departures from original proposal
  • Value of studentship to the student and to the lab
  • Photos of the student and supervisor with any others (or images) of relevant lab work or results.
  • Report due: 30 September 2009

Students awarded grants will receive three years' free student membership to the Biochemical Society upon submission of their final project report.

Applications must be made on the appropriate form. The closing date for applications is February 13th 2009.

Applicants will send 4 completed copies of the application form (including the signed original) to:

Science Education Manager
The Biochemical Society
Third Floor, Eagle House
16 Procter Street
London
WC1V 6NX
Tel: 020 7280 4100
Fax: 020 7280 4170

For more information on summer vacation studentships please email education@biochemistry.org.


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