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Application Tips

Before you even start your application, make sure you meet the minimum eligibility criteria. These are listed on STEM Boost for each opportunity, and should also be explained in detail on the provider’s website. Here are a few things to double-check: Application deadlines – most providers have fixed application deadlines, whereas some review applications as they are received throughout the year (for the latter, the sooner you get your application in the better!). Although occasionally Read more…

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Scrub up on Science Challenge – Top Tips

We caught up with the Scrub up on Science Challenge judges to find out their top tips to help you create a winning entry for this fantastic competition.   The Scrub up on Science Challenge is a STEM competition for 11 to 16 year olds developed by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.┬áStudents can learn about real-world cosmetic science, and mix creativity and a knowledge of chemistry to create a quality bath bomb or bubble bath Read more…

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How to decide which STEM degree is right for you?

If you’re a current A level student, everyone’s soon asking you what you want to study at university. Here are some suggestions for narrowing down your options: 1. Think about which of your current A level subjects you most enjoy, and rank them in a list. Looking at your favourite subjects, are there ways you could combine them in a degree – e.g. if you like both Biology and Chemistry, then maybe Biochemistry or Medicinal Read more…

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CSHL Undergraduate Research Program

The Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York, organises an annual 10 week summer research program for undergraduate students interested in one of the following research areas (although they may be studying any related scientific discipline): Molecular Biology & Cancer Genetics and Genomics Neuroscience Plant Biology Quantitive Biology Students participating in the program will carry out research in the lab as well as attend various workshops and seminars. At the end of the program, all participants Read more…

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Help! I’ve just graduated and have no idea what to do!

Graduation is an exciting time, but not everyone has a clear idea of what to do next now that the structure of university life is gone. Some students are lucky enough to have bagged a graduate job already, often through previously completing an internship with a company, but what can you do if your life isn’t so planned out?   1.Go on a graduate scheme With a good degree and some previous work experience to Read more…

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I’m not ready for university! What are my options?

It’s that time of year when schools are encouraging students to finalise their degree plans, complete their UCAS form and commit to three or more years of studying one subject which to a certain extent will have a massive impact on the rest of your life. While some students have known since birth that they wanted to be an astrophysicist or doctor, the majority have not. So, if you’re still undecided what are your options? Read more…

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How to include your STEM extracurricular experiences in your university application?

So, you’ve attended a STEM summer school, won a competition or written your own STEM blog? When it comes to applying to university, these are all fantastic things to mention in your personal statement. However, there are several important things to remember to include: – What you learnt. Too many personal statements just include a seemingly endless list of summer schools, online courses, books and hobbies, without explaining what exactly the student learnt from them. Read more…

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Summer Lab Internship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

As it is the summer following my year abroad in China, I’ve decided to spend my summer working in a lab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in their School of Pharmacy. I’ve finally decided to major in Chemistry for my Natural Sciences degree, and wanted to experience research as a medicinal chemist. This summer I will be working on a project synthesising new drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease. So far, I have spent two weeks familiarising Read more…

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Lancaster University FREE AS Summer Schools: Medicine; Biomedicine; Biochemistry; Science and Technology

Lancaster University is offering a range of FREE summer schools for AS students interested in Medicine, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Science and Technology. In addition, some summer schools enable students to pick a more specialist area to focus on, for example a particular science subject. These summer schools are relatively short, just four days long, but allow students to find out more about their chosen subject, develop key skills, discuss with admissions tutors, find out about the Read more…

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How to chose your UK university

Whether you’re an international student with no knowledge of the UK university system or a home student simply looking for additional guidance, this article suggests some questions to ask when choosing which UK universities to apply to for undergraduate studies. 1. Do they offer the course I want to study? UCAS has a good search feature to find out which universities are offering the course you are interested in. It’s all very well wanting to Read more…