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XMaS Scientist Experience 2024

Project Background

Launched in 2015, the XMaS Scientist Experience is a nationwide opportunity for any Year 12 UK Physics students who identify as female to join us on an all-expenses-paid 4-day trip to the ESRFLink opens in a new window in Grenoble, France at the beginning of July 2024. Our aim is to encourage students to consider science careers, foster a sense of community, encourage self-belief. We don’t need applicants to already excel at physics, but we do want students who are curious about the world around them, who are creative and keen to learn more about science and who are willing to share their enthusiasm. Through this trip we take students out of the classroom and show them science in a real-world application, with the aim of sparking an enthusiasm for the wonder of science. It is a tremendous opportunity to see how far a career in science can take them.

Taking place at the beginning of July 2024, students will experience what life might be like as an international research scientist, visiting the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble and take part in the Synchrotron@School ProgrammeLink opens in a new window.

They will also get the opportunity to meet amazing scientists who live and work in Grenoble and also do a little bit of sight seeing in this beautiful French city.

There are sixteen places available, applications are welcome from Year 12 UK Physics and STEM students who identify as female. It is an all-expenses-paid trip so travel, hotels and food are all covered by XMaS.

Watch the videoLink opens in a new window that was made by the ESRF team in July 2017.

Applicants will be expected to have an in date passport, be able to gain any relevant visas and be available to travel the first week of July 2024.

How to apply:

Using the online application form please complete the following questions:

  • Research and write an essay on "What science is Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell famous for, and what is her impact on physics today?". (500 words max)
  • Making reference to our 'The Power of X-Rays in Materials Science' publication (see link below) and any XMaS newsletters, what science has the XMaS project facilitated? (500 words max)
  • Why is this trip important for you and your future career? (250 words max)

You must have your parent's/guardian's permission to apply to this competition.

The closing date is the end of Sunday 25th February 2024.