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Work Experience and Summer Research Projects

Work experience

The department is taking part in In2scienceUK, which A-level students can partake in. How it works:

  • Volunteer mentors and Year 12 students sign up to the programme.
  • Students are shortlisted, interviewed and matched in groups of up to three to a suitable mentor.
  • Mentors that are matched to a group of students receive training and guidance to deliver their virtual and in-person sessions.
  • The programme runs throughout August 2021. Mentors meet with their students first through In2scienceUK’s online platform for two 45 minute sessions before hosting a one-day workplace visit (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).
  • Students also have access to online research courses, skills and careers workshops and competitions run by In2scienceUK throughout the summer.
  • Please make sure to complete this UCL internal form.

This is administered by the In2Science team, you can contact the departmental outreach coordinator (mark.fuller@ucl.ac.uk) for more information. Application deadline for 2020-21 is Friday 9th April. Information can be found here or by contacting Jo Maniscalco at jo@in2scienceuk.org


Summer Research Programme

Every year BioP creates opportunities for undergraduate students to get hands-on experience of experimental and theoretical research. Usually between 5 and 10 projects are offered, each running for anything from 6-10 weeks. These projects cover experimental (in-house/facilities), theoretical (pen-and-paper/method development), and computational (software development/computing) activities. Able students interested in continuing with their studies and research in the field of biological physics and biologically relevant soft-matter physics at the postgraduate level are invited to apply.


Funding options and deadlines

  • IPLS Undergraduate Summer Research Studentships The IPLS is offering summer studentships to second year undergraduates interested in pursuing multidisciplinary research projects combining physics and biology. The key aims of the studentships are to give motivated undergraduates the opportunity to work on a collaborative research project, gain experience developing and writing a research proposal and presenting their research to their peers. Please could you bring this to the attention of any potential students. Closing date: Monday 19th April 2021, 9am. See website for details.
  • Nuffield Foundation While the Foundation no longer provides Undergraduate Research Bursaries, they have a list of other potential providers here: Nuffield Foundation bursaries - main page.

To proceed, investigate the research at BioP, get in touch with one of the academic staff members and agree on a project.

It is recommended that when you contact the PIs, make it clear in your e-mail that you are interested in a specific project and explain why. To put it in other words - avoid writing blanket e-mails. From previous experience, blanket e-mails have a virtually zero chance of success. Attach your CV (including a summary of relevant skills) and grades.