PIPS Student Profiles
Anthony Moore (Newcastle University)
Anthony's internship, was three months spent working
at AgResearch, a commercial scientific research
facility, in a small city called Palmerston North in
New Zealand. During his time there he worked on a project related to his research work and helped developing a micro-RNA
extraction procedure, and pathway analysis. Anthony was even able
to use one of their novel cell culture systems to help in his PhD. The work was connected to Anthony's research but importantly the work was in a commercial environment so qualified as an appropriate PIPS.
Annie Gott (Newcastle)
Newcastle Student Annie Gott did not feel it was really possible to travel too far for her internship but still managed to find some very valuable practical experience working with animals. Experience that will be valuable if Annie decides to continue in academic research dealing with animals. Annie was also able to gain excellent experience getting to grips with managing a different type of project.
“I gained a huge amount of responsibility and felt very trusted to be able to take charge of this section of the zoo. I also became very good at using my initiative and came up with intuitive ways to improve the zoo’s record keeping and the day to day admin required when managing a zoo.”
Rachel Ghadiali (University of Liverpool)
Liverpool Student Rachel Ghadiali was interested to find out more about the commercialisation of science with the help of one of supervisors Rachel secured an internship with a biotech company Avalia Immunotherapies and an investment company Powerhouse ventures. The internship helped Rachel to make some significant choices about her future career. “My internship made me think a lot more about the important relationship between academia and industry and the importance of having a multi-disciplinary outlook”
Lisa Hindmarsh (Newcastle University)
Lisa has used her research work as a basis to become involved in public engagement. Lisa’s internship involved working with a small team developing an exhibit for the British Science Association’s National Science Festival that took place in Newcastle in September 2013. Lisa gained excellent hands-on experience of working with the public and was able to demonstrate the research ideas she has been working with.
“Explaining scientific ideas to the public gave me confidence in explaining my work to others and expressing my research ideas. The process of developing the event provided a chance to develop skills needed when progressing in research such as applying for funding and budgeting.”
Natasha Curley (Newcastle University)
Natasha took part in a five-week internship with the Bio-Imaging Unit at Newcastle Biomedicine. This short internship provided some insights into the operation of a university based service operation, and how a business could work within a university. Having completed a shorter internship, there will be an opportunity for Natasha to investigate other internship options to complete within the studentship period.