Shadowing a DoctorMarch 20, 2014
The London Research Institute (LRI), which is part of Cancer Research UK, is dedicated to doing research into cancer prevention and cure and is just as committed to training the next generation of research scientists.
The LRI holds annual summer studentships, which give enthusiastic, dedicated undergraduates who are considering a research career an opportunity to work on a short, challenging research project during the summer. The programme typically runs for 10 weeks and is held at two locations – Clare Hall and Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
If you are contemplating doing a PhD after you’ve completed your undergraduate degree, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more about this career path and determine whether or not it is right for you. This is also a fantastic chance for you to hone your laboratory and project management skills in preparation for further scientific study.
The techniques you will learn during the course of the porgram will depend on the project you are working on, but may include biochemical techniques such as Western blotting, cell biological techniques such as immunofluorescence, molecular biology techniques such as cloning and sequencing and immunoprecipitation and analysis of protein-protein interactions. Your work in the research labs will be supervised by postdoctoral fellows.
At the start of the programme, you will go through a one-day induction where you will be introduced to the LRI and the basics of working in a research laboratory. Over the course of the programme all students are get the opportunity to attend a session offering advice on choosing and applying for PhD positions. Students participate in several different student social events and are also trained in giving discourses and how to use PowerPoint in their presentations.
The highlight of the scheme is the Summer Student Symposium, in early September, when each student gives a 10 minute presentation about the work they have done over the summer.
You are expected to work for 5 days a week for approximately 8 hours a day. Some flexibility may be required, depending on the nature of the experiments.
The LRI Summer Student Programme is open to undergraduate students in their penultimate year at a UK university. To qualify for the programme, you must also be studying a relevant specialty such as biological or biophysical sciences.
This programme is not suitable for students studying medicine or those who are on medical degree programmes.
Submitting your application
Before you can fill in the application form you will need to register online. Only after you have completed the registration formalities will you be allowed to save and resume your application.
When filling in the registration details, you will need to give details of any work/research experience you’ve had along with your personal statement, explaining your motivation for applying for a summer studentship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. You will also have the option to choose up to 4 projects that you are most interested in. Your preferred project choices are not final just yet. If you are invited for the interview, you will have the opportunity to hear about and apply for, alternative projects.