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Personal Development

Laura D Atkinson 

Education

 

I currently have postgraduate qualifications at masters level (taught) in plant science and I am furthering my knowledge through postgraduate research in the field of crop science through a PhD entitled 'The Genetic Characterisation of Post Harvest Spoilage in Lettuce'.

PhD Plant and Environmental Sciences, The University of Warwick, 2006-2010.

MSc Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources, The University of Birmingham, 2006.

Personal Skills Award, The University of Birmingham, 2006.

BSc Biological Sciences, The University of Birmingham, 2005.

Read my earlier education summary.

Awards

  • 2009 - WHRI Student Travel Award (£800) for travel to another lab and conference
  • 2008 -ASSEC Graduate Student & Post-doctoral Fellow Travel Fund (£1000) for travel to another lab and conference
  • 2008 - UKRC Travel Bursary (£700) for travel to another lab and conference
  • 2008 - GCRI Funding (£250) for travel to another lab and conference
  • 2008 - Vegetable Research Trust (VRT) Award (£500) for travel to another lab and conference
  • 2006 - BBSRC PhD CASE Studentship (4 years)
  • 2006 - Rijk Zwaan PhD CASE Studentship, industrial partner (4 years)
  • 2005 - European Social Fund (ESF) Masters Award (1 year)

Academic Memberships

 

AAB (Association of Applied Biologists) Student member, 2008-present.

Responsibilities

 

I sit on the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) as a 3rd year representative.

I am currently on the preliminary judging panel for the 'Warwick Writing Prize'2009 for the theme 'Complexity'.

Work Experience

 

Lettuce Discolouration Dutch Field Trial at Rijk ZwaanBreeding Station, Fiinaart, The Netherlands, Autumn 2008.

Northern Moroccan Herbarium Specimen Collecting Mission through The University of Birmingham in collaboration with ICARDA, the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy & Veterinary Medicinee, Rabat and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, summer 2006.

Seed Conservation experience at The Millennium Seed Bank, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place, winter 2005.

Conservation and Biodiversity Expedition in the Amazon, Ecuador in association with Global Vision International, summer 2004. See images.

Graduate School Training

  • Three day Intensive science course - science and medicine
  • Poster design workshop
  • Preparing for the upgrade
  • Speed reading training
  • Academic writing style and language
  • Thesis structure
  • Writing for publication
  • Developing and Improving memory
  • How to write a literature review - science and medicine
  • Presenting to an academic audience
  • ePortfolio training
  • Stress management
  • Making an impact in written applications
  • Managing emotional awareness
  • The peer review process
  • Consultancy Skills for Academia

Specialist Training

  • Biometry WHRI module
  • Plant genetics and bioinformatics WHRI module
  • Specialist growing resources and techniques WHRI module
  • Data acquisition I MOAC CH921 module
  • RefWorks course
  • GeneMarker software analysis
  • Joinwell and Joinmap software analysis
  • AFLP techniques
  • Genomiphication technique
  • Freeze drying techniques

Other

 

     
     
     
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