You might have a stereotypical image of a "scientist" in your head, a sort of genius Einstein-type person, but not everyone is like that, there’s a wide range of different people who have come to science through different paths.
- Jeante, in2scienceUK student
EP researchers have been working this summer to provide work experience placements to students from local state schools in partnership with the charity in2scienceUK. in2scienceUK works to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects and achieve their full potential by spending time working with research scientists.
Our first in2scienceUK student was Zach (left), who worked with Professor Mark Walton. Zach was enthusiastic about his experiences, reporting that: "I had tons to do, I talked with everyone and they even invited me to a lab meeting where we discussed a research paper. I hadn't done any coding before, so getting to try that was quite interesting." Professor Walton added that "Zach has been really good at being involved in all the lab's activities, and my guys have been brilliant - everyone has come together to offer him a chance to learn about all the different sides of running a lab."
Our second in2scienceUK student, Jeante (right), was hosted by Professor Masud Husain and the Cognitive Neurology group, with special thanks to Dr Michele Veldsman for planning and organising his visit. Jeante, who is interested in medicine and psychiatry, said that attending a clinic session and meeting patients living with neurological conditions was a highlight of his placement, as was meeting a variety of different scientists working on the early detection of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
When asked about what future students should expect on the programme, Jeante said that "so many things were not how I expected. You might have a stereotypical image of a "scientist" in your head, a sort of genius Einstein-type person, but not everyone is like that, there’s a wide range of different people who have come to science through different paths. Everyone is so friendly, don't be scared, just have an open mind."
Dr Veldsman commented that "we really enjoyed hosting Jeante. He was bright, always engaged, and had lots of insightful questions. We put together a varied programme to showcase all the different sides to cognitive neurology. It reminded us of how privileged we are to do this sort of work and it was nice to share it with someone so enthusiastic to learn about it!"
If you are interested in taking part in in2scienceUK for 2019, as either a researcher or a student, visit the in2scienceUK website to learn more or view the video below:
More information on the programme is available at: http://in2scienceuk.org/
If you are a scientist (in any discipline) and think you might be interested in hosting an in2scienceUK student in the future, you can register your interest here: http://in2scienceuk.org/host-a-student/
Secondary students who might be interested in participating can also register here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4513171/Student-Expression-of-Interest.