Purpose of the programme
To inspire UK veterinary undergraduates to consider a career in research by funding summer studentships in world-class research environments. In addition, an annual conference will bring together research-interested veterinary undergraduates from all UK veterinary schools, giving them an opportunity to present their research, hear talks from inspirational researchers and get information on how to develop an academic career.
Summary of the programme
The UK Veterinary Summer Studentship Programme will provide funding for summer studentships (up to 10 weeks in duration) to be undertaken in world-class research environments in any BBSRC-eligible institute during the summer vacation. The research project must be within the remit of BBSRC, and priority will be given to projects that will provide research experience in the following areas:
- Physiology and Pathology of plants, animals and microbes (including in vivo skills)
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Maths, Statistics and Computation
- Interdisciplinary research
Applications from veterinary undergraduates wishing to conduct research projects in a BBSRC eligible institute that is different to their own are highly encouraged. We will also consider applications from veterinary students wishing to conduct a research project in their own university.
To be eligible for a summer studentship, veterinary undergraduate students need to be:
- in the middle years of their degree studies (preferably their first degree)
- registered for a veterinary degree at a UK university
- expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree (or equivalent)
Preference will be given to students who wish to use the placement to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research.
The value of a summer studentship is £2,500 to cover a minimum stipend of £200 per week to the student and a contribution towards research expenses during the placement.
A conference will take place every year which will bring together research-interested veterinary undergraduates from all UK veterinary schools as a single cohort. The expectation will be that all who have undertaken BBSRC-STARS funded summer studentships will attend. The conference will also be open to all research interested veterinary undergraduates, including those who have undertaken research funded by the UK vet schools or other sources.
The next conference will take place in November 2018.
How to apply
The scheme has an application deadline of 12 March 2018. Veterinary undergraduate students are encouraged to seek a suitable supervisor as early as possible so that they can start to develop an application for the program. Students should contact potential supervisors before they start to develop an application to discuss possible projects. A list of potential supervisors is available from your local champion (please see below for contact details of local champions). Veterinary undergraduates are also welcome to apply with supervisors that are not on this list. The next cohort of students will commence projects in summer 2018.
The application form for the 2018 round can be downloaded here.
For more information, please contact Professor Linda Wooldridge (firstname.lastname@example.org), or your local champion for the programme:
- Bristol: Professor Linda Wooldridge (email@example.com)
- Cambridge: Professor Matthew Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Edinburgh: Dr David Collie (email@example.com)
- Glasgow: Ian Jeffcoate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Liverpool: Dr Gina Pinchbeck (email@example.com)
- Nottingham: Undergraduate Projects Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- RVC, London: Dr Imelda McGonnell (Imcgonnell@rvc.ac.uk)
- Surrey: Dr Dan Horton (email@example.com)