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Plant Health Undergraduate studentships - PH0481

Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentships. The aim of this project is to broaden the pool of research expertise directly relevant to some of Defra's highest research priorities, while also providing a training opportunity for undergraduates of the highest calibre.
The project will attract applications from UK institutions to host one of four undergraduate summer studentships in 2017. Six research themes have been identified by Defra as priority areas. The Royal Society of Biology will facilitate these studentships and advertise them to UK Plant Science Federation member organisations, HUBS and other University representatives. Celia Knight will advertise these to students and mentors in the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School network.
Selection will take place early in 2017, and the studentships will run over the summer of 2017, with final reports being received in September 2017.
1. To address skills and capacity challenges in plant health science by providing attractive opportunities for research experience to suitable undergraduates, offering them the opportunity to undertake supervised research with leading research groups.

2. To encourage research proposals in the areas of Defra's priorities relating to plant health (six agreed).

3. To facilitate training of undergraduates in research practice.

4. To generate research outcomes relevant to Defra's priorities.

5. To build networks of research groups and emerging scientists with a focus on plant health, including through involvement with the Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017 conference.

6. To evaluate the potential of the scheme to add benefit if run in future years.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2017

Cost: £39,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Society of Biology
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Fields of Study
Plant Health