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Interdisciplinary Summer School


The deadline for 2018 has now passed.

Are you an undergraduate in the physical sciences that has an interest in biology?

Are you interested in how cells function, how organisms develop or how bacteria gain resistance to antibiotics?

Did you know that two of the greatest achievements of the 20th century, determining the structure of DNA, and developing a method to sequence it, were produced by a physicist (Francis Crick - Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1962) and a chemist (Fred Sanger - Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, 1958 & 1980)?

We are looking for students who are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone and get involved in a wet-lab project at the cutting edge of biomedical research. Previous students have included a mathematician investigating memory in worms, a physicist studying cell division and a chemist probing a molecular motor!

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to cover accommodation and living costs as students undertake a 10 week practical project. Awards will be available from July-September 2018. Full training will be provided with no previous experience required.

In addition you will be invited to take part in the MRC DTP Student Conference - to be held this year at Wilderhope Manor in Shropshire. At this event you will meet current students on the MRC Doctorial Training Partnership, many of whom have a physicial sciences background, who are undertaking their PhD in a biomedical discipline.

Students on a Biological Sciences degree stream are eligible to apply, but must have a strong A-level in mathematics or equivalent.

You will preferably be in the penultimate year of your course (although students in other years may apply) and have an interest in pursuing a career in research after you finish. In order to complete the application form you must select three potential supervisors from the Summer School Project List.

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