The 2019 call for the BBSRC-funded Research Experience Placement scheme for undegraduate students is now open.
Closing deadline: 12 o' clock, Friday the 29th of March 2019
The BBSRC-funded Research Experience Placements (REPs) provide an excellent opportunity to undergraduate (second- and third-year) university students to gain hands-on research experience in bioscience research. This year, the EASTBIO Doctoral Partnership will award several 10-week placements across the four universities of the partnership – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The total value of each REP is £2,500 to cover a stipend of £200 per week to the student and a contribution towards research expenses during the placement.
To apply for this call, please read carefully the detailed guidance information and the application form provided here (single document). The application form should be filled in and submitted to EASTBIO by the sponsoring supervisor on behalf of the student.
We hope to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application in April 2019.
For any queries, please email EASTBIO.
The BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2018 were awarded by the EASTBIO as follows:
Alexandra Florea, sponsored by Professor Sam Martin (University of Aberdeen), to do a AFS project on "Transcriptomic assessment of interferon attenuated salmon cell lines following CRISPR/Cas9 editing.”
Antoniya Boyanova, sponsored by Dr Jasna Martinovic (University of Aberdeen), to do a WCUB project on "Attention to colour: A spotlight in colour space?”
Catriona Wallace, sponsored by Professor Kevin Read (University of Dundee), to do a BfH project on "Refining solubility assays for early drug discovery.”
Eileen Yuechen Xu, sponsored by Dr Toni Clarke (University of Edinburgh, CMVM), to do a BfH project on "Epigenetic signatures of stress and high risk environments.”
Matilda Bui, sponsored by Professor Hiroyuki Ohkura (University of Edinburgh, CSE), to do a WCUB project on "The role of kinesin-6 (MKLP-1) phosphorylation in oocytes.”
Zuzannah Konieczna, sponsored by Dr Mathew Horrocks (University of Edinburgh, CSE), to do a WCUB project on "A new sensor for protein aggregation.”
About the REPs in general:
Funded by the BBSRC, EASTBIO allocates several Research Experience Placements awards annually to excellent undergraduate students during the summer holiday. The scheme aims to provide students with a first-hand opportunity to experience research in a British lab, thus encouraging them to consider a career in scientific research.
The placements, awarded across our four partners, cover a total of £2,500 (£200/week for 10 weeks of lab work), plus a contribution of £500 towards research expenses during the placement.
The placement project is completed with a brief report by both the supervisor sponsoring the student and the student on the outcome of the placement within three months from the completion of the project.
BBSRC REP 2014
BBSRC REP 2017 - Awarded
The BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2017 were awarded by the EASTBIO as follows:
Rafael Lemarchand, sponsored by Dr Jasna Martinovic (University of Aberdeen), to do a BfH project on "Neural mechanisms of symmetry perception”
Gazal Neb, sponsored by Dr Alasdair Mackenzie (University of Aberdeen), to do a BfH project on "Analysis of the effects of enhancer humanisation in mice on cannabinoid drug response”
Madeleine Aase-Remedios, sponsored by Dr David E.K. Ferrier (University of St Andrews), to do a WCUB project on "Resolving the organisation and relationships of the SINE/Six gene families”
Muriel Katja Frisch, sponsored by Professor Catherina G. Becker (University of Edinburgh), to do a WCUB project on "Finding pathways controlling motor axon stability in SMA”
Andreas Fellas, sponsored by Professor Tom Little (University of Edinburgh), to do a WCUB project on "Epigenetic change with age and diet”
Adilah Sharifuddin, sponsored by Dr Meriem El Karoui (University of Edinburgh), to do a WCUB project on "Single-Cell fluorescent observation of Double-Strand Break produced by CRISPR-Cas9”
Alex Websdale, sponsored by Professor Carol Munro (University of Aberdeen), to do a BfH project "Investigating Candida albicans echinocandin drug susceptibility with gain of function mutants”
Manuel Blank, sponsored by Professor Frank Sargent (University of Dundee), to do an IBB project "Carbon capture and storage using engineered bacteria"
Robyn Macrae, sponsored by Dr Melissa Cudmore (University of Edinburgh), to do a BfH project "The role of VEGF receptor interactions during vascular morphogenesis”
Emma Lund, sponsored by Dr Steven Pollard (University of Edinburgh), to do a BfH project "Genome editing in mouse neural stem cells"
Maximilian Hartung, sponsored by Dr Alistair McCormick (University of Edinburgh), to do an AFS project "Re-engineering photosynthesis: introducing algal carbon concentrating components into higher plants"
Michaela Dermendjieva, sponsored by Dr Helder Ferreira (University of St Andrews), to do a WCUB project “Mapping the interaction between a chromatin remodelling enzyme and topoisomerase II”
The BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2015 were awarded by the EASTBIO to:
Ewan Forsyth, sponsored by Dr Hai Deng & Professor Christopher J Secombes (University of Aberdeen), to do a AFS project "Investigation of small molecules as virulence factors in the fish pathogen Yersinia ruckeri”
Michael Gallagher, sponsored by Dr Daniel Macqueen (University of Aberdeen), to do a WCUB project "Characterizing specific sites of myoglobin expression in teleost hearts”
Michael Robertson-Rieck, sponsored by Edgar Huitema (University of Dundee), to do a AFS project "Screen for Dominant negative forms of CRN83_152 to enhance crop resistance”
Lars van Beurden, sponsored by Alessio Ciulli (University of Dundee), to do a AFS project on "Development and application of the bump-and-hole approach to investigating the biological role of BET bromodomains proteins"
Debbie Lee Lian Ho, sponsored by Dr Tilo Kunath (University of Edinburgh), to do a BfH project "Purification of hESC-derived neuronal progenitors by flow cytometry to advance Parkinson’s cell therapy”
Theresa Noona, sponsored by John Mason (University of Edinburgh), to do a WCUB project "Embryonic stem cells as tools to study forebrain development”
Aleksandra Jartseva, sponsored by Meriem El Karoui (University of Edinburgh), to do a WCUB project "Embryonic stem cells as tools to study forebrain development”
Katie Paton, sponsored by Professor Hiro Ohkura (University of ), to do a BfH/WCUB project on "The role of the SCF ubiquitin ligase subunit SkpA in Drosophila oocytes”
Katie Harrison, sponsored by Dr Maggie Ellis and Dr Karen Spencer (University of ), to do a BfH project "Investigating the physiological impacts of Adaptive Interaction in individuals with advanced dementia".