In July and August, the SCI welcomed three 17-year-old students to our labs.
Oliver, Aisha and Toby are promising A-level students who are considering careers in science. They were selected by The Nuffield Foundation, a charitable trust, to complete an extended research project with the guidance of senior researchers.
During the 4-week placement, the students learnt specialised laboratory techniques and used these to explore their research questions. They also had a chance to meet Principal Investigators, tour our facilities and receive careers advice.
It was a pleasure to welcome such bright and enthusiastic young people to the Institute and we would like to wish them the very best for the future.
Aisha worked with Jenny Nichols’ lab group. Her project focused on flushing and staining mouse embryos. Thanks to Agata, Ken, Thorsten and Jenny for supporting Aisha.
"It's been a big change from the school environment – it’s been a lot more challenging! I feel proud of what I’ve done and I’ve really enjoyed it"
Oliver worked with Nicola Reynolds in the Hendrich lab, investigating gene expression in embryonic stem cells. He was unsure about his next steps for further education but finished the placement with a real passion for research. He would like to thank Nicola, Thomas, Sarah, Julie and the entire Hendrich lab for all of their help.
Nicola: "It was great having Ollie in the lab! It's useful and interesting to have to explain your work to someone who's completely new to it."
Toby joined the Smith lab team to explore differentiation mechanisms. He was already thinking of a career in research and thanks to Nick, Carla, Masaki, Yaoyao and James, his experience has cemented this goal.
"Being able to work independently in a proper lab was excellent. Working with different supervisors was really interesting as it showed how different people have different methods. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement."
If you would like to undertake a research experience placement at the SCI, please apply through the Nuffield Foundation and mention the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute in your application. This opportunity is only open to students in Cambridgeshire and takes place in the summer holidays between AS and A Level.