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Summer Internship at Rolls-Royce

In the summer following my second year at university, I completed an engineering internship at Rolls-Royce in their Civil Large Engines business area. I was offered this internship following participation in the Female Undergraduate of the Year Awards, for which I was a finalist. The internship was a fantastic opportunity Read more…

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Internship with Cancer Research UK

I’ve spent two months of my summer holiday doing an internship at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, which is affiliated with Cancer Research UK. So far, it’s been a fantastic experience – I have been in the lab every day, doing real experiments and experiencing life in Read more…

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CREST Award

Last year, I completed an Extended Project Qualification on the optimisation of the polymerase chain reaction and it’s applications in medical and forensic research. Apart from being a fascinating and complex topic, it also gave me the opportunity to carry out my own experiments – something which particularly interested an Read more…

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British Science Festival 2013 – Day 6

The last day of the British Science Festival 2013 was absolutely fantastic! My day began with an interesting talk by several local companies about ‘Chemical Innovation in the North East’. This included separate presentations by several leading researchers and companies about their work. First up was Dr. Victoria Frank from Read more…

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British Science Festival 2013 – Day 5

It’s nearing the end of my time at the British Science festival, but I’m still having an amazing time! I began with a particularly good talk on monitoring the economic and scientific ripples of landslides – presented by experts Helen Reeves and Mark Winter. They discussed how research has linked Read more…

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British Science Festival 2013 – Day 4

I’ve had yet another amazing day at the British Science Festival! First up was an interesting talk on Science and Cosmetics, which mainly focussed on skin creams, how they are advertised, the scientific evidence claims are based on, and the potential damaging effects they could have on the skin. I Read more…

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British Science Festival 2013 – Day 3

Today began with a fascinating lecture entitled ‘Making Waves: Energy and Society’ which discussed a huge range of issues related to our use of energy. The focus was very much on the ‘Energy Trilemma’ – reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using resources efficiently and making energy accessible to all.¬†Interesting examples mentioned Read more…

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British Science Festival 2013 – Day 2

I’ve had a pretty incredible day today at the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle! The first talk I attended was called ‘The Randomness Show’ which was all about the incredible way maths can show us order and logic in what appears to be random, unpredictable events. However, it was Read more…

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British Science Festival 2013 – Day 1

Having spent 12 hours on a bus, I was pretty exhausted before the festival had even begun! My first day began with volunteering on the British Science Association stand – trying to engage younger science enthusiasts with fun science games and tricks, such as the levitating static electricity wand, air-bazooka-ing Read more…