27 Aug 2015

Summer School at IGH

In July we hosted our very first Science Summer School for a group of seven local pupils aged 16-19. This was a pilot project supported by the Wellcome Trust's Institutional Strategic Support Fund. Our aim was to provide a structured week-long work experience programme for STEM students through a mix of meetings, talks and practical experiences across all three of our Institute locations. Matthew Davies from St Edward's College took part and here he tells us about his week.

IGH Science Summer School - class of 2015!
This summer I took part in the Institute of Infection and Global Health's Summer Science School with several other students interested in biology and chemistry. It took place from Monday to Friday and included a variety of activities every day. After introducing ourselves and getting to know each other on the Monday, the activities started on the Tuesday.We were split up into groups and in the morning, we started with Western blotting and in the afternoon, cell counting. The majority of the week was spent in the institute's Ronald Ross building but on Wednesday, some of us went to the IC2 building and some went to the Leahurst campus. I went to the IC2 and what a fun, jam-packed day this was! While we were there, we learned about why there was a snail culture room, looked at some rhino worms under a microscope and watched a diagnostic test for worms in rabbits! On Thursday, we returned to the Ronald Ross building. After a demonstration of the ELISA test in the morning, we extracted DNA from Pseudomonas bacteria in the afternoon. This was the most exciting and interesting part of the week! Finally, on Friday, in our groups we gave presentations on what each of us did during the week. Overall, I thought the week was extremely fun and gave me a valuable insight into some of the techniques regularly used in laboratories. Also, I found the regular meetings with PhD students very helpful too. Thank you to everyone involved for such a great week!

Matthew Davies 

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