This summer 67 sixth form students from schools and colleges across the East Midlands took part in cutting edge science at universities, hospitals and businesses.
These students were engaged in Nuffield Science Bursary placements of up to 6 weeks during their summer break. They joined real research projects with practising scientists in organisations such as AstraZeneca, Boots, British Geological Survey, Cavendish Laboratory, ConocoPhillips, Cummins, Enviroquest, SATRA Technology Centre, Twycross Zoo, a number of hospitals and a range of universities.
These students will present their work at celebration events around the East Midlands this term. Each year we are impressed by the work the students have completed on their placements. They demonstrate a great depth of knowledge and impressive presentation skills in front of a highly qualified audience. University guests at the events often comment that the students outshine many undergraduates.
The students’ work is accredited through the Gold CREST Award scheme and many students report that doing a Nuffield Science Bursary placement has encouraged them to pursue STEM in further study and a career.
Nuffield Science Bursaries: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/go/grants/nsb/page_390.html
CREST Awards: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/web/ccaf/CREST/index.htm
Guest bloggers: Sally H, Julie M, Stella M, Nuffield Science Bursary Organisers