Summer Studentships 2020
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The Nutrition Society offers Summer Studentships aimed at undergraduate members interested in a career in nutritional science. The studentships will provide undergraduates, registered on nutrition or related degree programmes, with the opportunity to undertake a period of research in a university, research institute or industrial setting. All applicants must have an academic supervisor based at the university at which they are registered.
Submissions are closed.
Studentships are available for up to eight weeks and carry a stipend of £1600 in total. The applicant’s university will receive a payment £400 towards research expenses associated with the project. Additionally, up to £500 will be available, for travel and accommodation to enable the student to attend the annual Nutrition Futures Conference in September, to present their research project.
- The applicant must hold a current membership started before November of the preceding year i.e. at the time of application. It is expected that the recipients of the award will continue membership of the Society for two years following the award.
- Online applications should be submitted by the student.
- The proposed supervisor and host school or department will each need to confirm their willingness to support the project and confirm that appropriate facilities will be made available. The University will be expected to administer the grant.
- It is anticipated that students will have already undertaken at least two years of study at university for their FIRST degree, and have at least one year of their course remaining.
- All projects should be original research. A research project that has already begun or that has already been presented/started by another researcher, will not be accepted. To clarify - you cannot join a research team that has already started on a project with this grant, it must be your own work.
- The project must be concluded by the end of August as students will present an abstract of their findings at the annual Nutrition Futures Conference in September.
The Application and judging process
Applications will consist of a proposal of no more than 500 words, detailing your project including aims, hypotheses and methodology (not including references), and a statement of no more than 150 words explaining how the project will enhance your future career aspirations in nutritional science.
Judging of the application
Projects outlined in the application will be judged on their individual merits based on the criteria outlined below.
A total of 20 marks will be awarded by each of the judges. These will be combined to determine the highest scoring recipients. Those with the highest aggregate scores will be offered the studentships. The Society reserves the right to only fund the best two applications from any one institution should multiple applications be received. Applications will be reviewed and scored independently by at least three Nutrition Society Trustees, Advisory Council Members and/or Science Committee Members.
For the proposal (out of 15) will be awarded for the:
- Clarity of writing – Clearly and concisely outlines the nature of the topic to be addressed and the methods to be used (out of 5)
- Hypothesis, Aims and Objectives – A logical and appropriate hypothesis to be tested and a clear indication of how the stated aims and objectives will test this (out of 5)
- Novelty – The project addresses an important aspect of nutrition (animal or human) and the approach suggested is novel (but achievable in the timescale outlined) (out of 5)
Marks for the statement (out of 5) on:
- Future career aspirations (out of 5) - Statement clearly articulates the candidate’s future aspirations for a career in nutritional science (or an appropriate related discipline) and indicates how completing the project will help them realise these aims.
The projects will be judged and the award for the Best Project will be presented at the Society's Annual Drinks Reception ahead of the Winter Conference.
2019 Summer Studentships
Best Project Summer Studentship Winner:
Benjamin Narang, University of Bath
Project title: The effect of glucose-calcium co-ingestion during endurance exercise on exogenous glucose oxidation in healthy adults.
Rebecca Brooks, University of Leeds
Project title: Computational Modelling of Novel Iron Supplements
Avril Cassell, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Project title: Impact of cultural ethnic norms, body image and health perceptions on views and practices relating to healthcare messages of British Afro-Caribbean UK populations.
Lesley Yates-Cinti, Edge Hill University
Project title: Agricultural sustainability and farming practices past and present
Rachel Moon, University of Leeds
Project title: The link between PUFA metabolism and breast cancer — a Mendelian Randomisation approach/study.
Maria Wesolowska, Ulster University
Project title: Maternal Fish Intake and Child Cognitive Outcomes
If you have any queries, please view the frequently asked questions section below or contact the membership team.