The FLS Alumni Summer Studentships offer undergraduates with an interest in research the opportunity to spend up to eight weeks in one of the FLS research laboratories.
About the Alumni Summer Studentships
This scheme is now open for 2023.
UCL's Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS) is pleased to announce that applications are now being taken for the FLS Alumni Summer Studentship Scheme. Through the generosity of our alumni there are a number of studentships available which can provide students with research laboratory training and experience. Studentships may be held in any of the four divisions of FLS.
Who can apply?
Students studying for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Life Sciences who are in the:
- second year of a three-year programme or
- third year of a four-year programme
- have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement in their university studies
What does the studentship cover?
You will spend up to six weeks undertaking a research project working with a PI based at UCL’s Faculty of Life Sciences. Many of the previous recipients of our UG Alumni Studentships have made a real contribution to UCL’s research, doing work that has subsequently been published.
How much funding is available?
- Bench fee of £500 to the PI (Principal Investigator)
- £400 per week stipend for the successful recipient for up to 6 weeks
- Additional travel and accommodation costs are not covered by the scheme
How to apply? (Closing date for applications is 5 May 2023)
- Contact a staff member (the PI) in whose laboratory you would like to undertake your project to see if they are able to host you over the 2023 summer period
- If the staff member agrees to you spending time with them, you will need to provide some information on your academic achievements, eligibility and motivation for them to complete the online application form
Please note, the online application form should be completed by supervisors only.
- 2019 recipients
Supervisor: Frances Edwards
Undertaking essential controls for a new knockin mouse model for Alzheimer's Disease
Supervisor: Nick Lane
Association of iron-sulfur clusters with protocell membranes at the origin of life
Supervisor: Steve Brocchini
Formulation and optimisation of an in-situ polymerisable collagen preparation for modified drug release for anti-scarring and anti-inflammation applications
Cher Shen Kiar
Supervisor: Lisa Cabrita
Probing co-translational misfolding of transthyretin
Supervisor: Michael Duchen
Understanding the impact of EPG5 mutations on autophagy and cell metabolism: relevance to Vici syndrome
Supervisor: Thomas Wills
The post-natal development of pattern separation in the dentate gyrus
Supervisor: Mine Orlu
Evaluating absolute oral bioavailability of posaconazole tablets in paediatric patients: a population based pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis
Supervisor: Daniel Raleigh
Islet amyloid formation and the molecular basis of beta-cell death
- 2018 recipients
Supervisor: Beverley Clark
Anatomical and functional convergence of motor cortical and cerebellar projections in the thalamus
Eneko Pascual Navarro
Supervisor: Andres Ramos
RNA recognition of IMP1 oncofetal protein domains KH12
Supervisor: David Attwell
The role of pericytes in cardiac and renal ischaemia
Supervisor: Susan Anne Barker
Development of a patient-friendly mini-tablet formulation based on amorphous solid dispersions prepared by hot met extrusion
Supervisor: Steve Brocchini
Determination of the intravitreal half-life of linear and branched PEG-Fab conjugates
Xin Yi Thum
Supervisor: Catherine Tuleu
Low dose accuracy for paediatric enteral liquids: Are we there yet?
Kristal Ng Yan-Wei
Supervisor: Andres Ramos
Molecular basis of miRNA target selection in Syncrip-mediated exosomal miRNA partitioning
- 2017 recipients
Supervisor: Dr Jess Healy
Development of boronic acid beta-lactamase inhibitors with novel mechanisms of action
I am honoured to be granted an opportunity in the Drug Discovery Research Cluster to develop novel antibiotics while learning both biology and chemistry bits experientially. It was truly an exciting experience, knowing that my work would help combat an antibiotic apocalypse.
I spent my first few weeks in the chemistry lab, making my test compounds, doing extraction, purifications as well as scientific analysis. The remaining weeks saw me in the biology lab, preparing my agar plates, culturing my bacteria strain, and ultimately performing disk diffusion assay to assess the susceptibility of the novel antibiotics.
Supervisor: Professor Michael Duchen/ Federico Zambon
The Validation and Characterisation of iPSC-derived dopaminergic neurons
I am immensely grateful for this unique opportunity to learn about how a research project develops and to get insights into the workings of the lab.
Over the course of my project, I learned about the expanding field of stem cell generation and learned how to differentiate these cells into nerve cells to model genetic forms of Parkinson's Disease. I was able to quantify protein expression and to identify neuronal markers using immunofluorescence and western blots.
Susana Colinas Fischer
Supervisor: Francesca Cacucci, Guifen Chen
Title of project: Testing architecture of head direction circuit using virtual reality
Supervisor: Dr Tom Wills
Title of the Project: The Hippocampal Representation of Space in relation to External Sensory Inputs
Supervisor: Professor Simon Gaisford
Title of project: Determining the efficacy of probiotics commonly available in the market
Supervisor: Annette Dolphin