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Summer Vacation Studentships

Public engagement and science communication studentship

Part of the Biochemical Society's Summer Vacation Studentship scheme, our public engagement and science communication studentship will give students experience of working in the public engagement and science communication field through a dedicated project within the Society.

Deadline

Applications for 2023 have now closed.

The studentship will involve working with the Biochemical Society's Education, Public Engagement and Training Manager on a 6 week project, gaining experience in a variety of Society activities.

The studentship will primarily involve the review and adaptation of a public engagement activity(s) for different participants, to be trialled at a science or community fair/event. 

The studentship will also involve assisting with the Society’s public engagement and science communication initiatives throughout the summer, such as the Society’s Science Communication Prize and considering content for The Biochemist magazine. The student will also develop skills in marketing and promotion throughout the project.

As the Society is a remote working organisation, the majority of the studentship will take place remotely, with the exception of attending any associated in-person events. 

Students will be awarded a stipend of £364.70 per week for 6 weeks, to support the students’ living costs for the duration of the placement.  The stipend is based on a 35 hour week at £10.42/hour (national living wage).

The student will receive the grant at the beginning of the studentship.

Students will also be awarded a one-year undergraduate membership of the Biochemical Society. Read more about the benefits of Society membership here, which include discounted registration fees for training courses and events.

Students will apply for the the public engagement and science communication studentship online. 

Students will need to explain why they are applying for this studentship specifically and will have the opportunity to highlight any particular areas of public engagement or science communication they are interested in.

Following the review process, the student will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Students will be supervised by the Education, Public Engagement and Training Manager throughout the project, and will be working within the Society's education team. Students may also be assisted by other members of staff with particular roles in the Society, and will interact with the Society as a whole throughout the project.  

As the Society is a remote working organisation, the majority of the studentship will take place remotely, with the exception of attending any associated in-person events. The Society will cover associated travel expenses relating to this.

Students are encouraged to keep track of any skills they have developed over the course of the placement, both technical and transferable, and any impact the project has had on their potential future career.

They are also encouraged to develop their own blogs about their studentship, and to update the Society on their placement using social media by tagging us @BiochemSoc.

It is a condition of the award that the student subsequently submits a report of their studentship, which can be uploaded onto our website.

Additionally, any related output from the project should be written up for use by the Society.

  • The studentships are for undergraduate students in biochemistry, molecular bioscience and related subjects.

  • Students take up the award during one of the middle summer(s) of their undergraduate degree.

    • For example, students carrying out a three year undergraduate course are eligible in their second year of study. Students carrying out a four year course are eligible in their second or third years of study.

  • The public engagement and science communication studentship is open to students who will be based in the UK over the summer of 2023.

  • Students do not need to be members of the Biochemical Society to apply. 

  • Students can apply for up to two Biochemical Society studentships in 2023. If both applications are successful, you will only be awarded one studentship and you will be asked to indicate a preference during the application process.

Contact us

For further information on the studentships, please get in touch with the Education department.

For further information on funding, please get in touch with the Grants department.

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