Science and Technology Studies


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STS to fund nine Summer Studentships for 2020/21

10 March 2021

Every year, STS aims to provide a range of summer studentships - paid work experience to allow STS students to develop their skills and CVs in related fields.

Modules and Courses

STS is incredibly proud to support up to nine projects as part of the 2021 Summer Studentships. These studentships are intended for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students to offer paid work experience in research.

This year’s Studentships include:

1 project with Dr Jack Stilgoe to develop a podcast that looks to explore the reality of self-driving car testing in cities.

1 project with Prof Frank James to edit three notebooks of Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829), the foremost chemist and scientific lecturer of early nineteenth-century England.

1 project with Dr Emily Dawson, Dr Simon Lock and PhD students Kylo Thomas and Ben Weil on hegemonic “debate” practices on social media.

1 project with Dr Tiago Mata, supporting the creation of a timeline of events on the history of economics as newsworthy.

1 project with Prof Joe Cain and Katherine McAlpine (Director of The Brunel Museum), involving historical research to support exhibitions and visitor information projects at The Brunel Museum.

1 project with Dr Carina Fearnley to address the question: How have pandemic warnings worked in the past and what lessons can we identify?

1 project with Dr Cian O’Donovan and Dr Melanie Smallman, researching and writing a rapid review on a topic relating to ethical decision making and data, policy, and Covid-19.

1 project with Dr Veronica Ranieri and Prof Sarah Edwards on perceived coercion and wellbeing during Covid-19.

1 project with Dr Stephen Hughes, exploring how researchers across a range of STEM fields feel about their ethical and social responsibilities.

Each studentship involves 80 hours in total, paid at £12.93 per hour. The placements are only available to UCL students and are designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. While these are intended for STS students, those from other courses are also welcome to apply, although some relevant experience in STS is essential (e.g. students should have taken at least a couple of modules in STS at BSc or MSc level).

Interested parties should submit a one-page CV plus a one-page personal statement describing why they are a good fit for the project. In addition, they should provide the name of one academic referee who can be asked to advise during the selection process. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one project, but they must submit a customised personal statement for each project they wish to be considered for.

Letters of application, CV and personal statements must be received no later than Friday, 16 April 2021 at 17:00 PM (UK Time). These must be sent by email to Victoria Mounsey: v.mounsey@ucl.ac.uk

Aside from the Summer Studentships, STS students also have the opportunity to apply for five paid studentships for work experience within the newly created STS Newsroom. Applications for the STS Newsroom Internships close on Friday, 26 March 2021 at 17:00 PM (UK Time).

Further details, including full information about each project, can be found below: