How does it work?

All our year 12 science students are from low-income backgrounds and have a passion for STEM. We interview students prior to placements and pair them with scientists based on their interests.

Students attend a pre-placement skills day to prepare them for your placement and are taught basic lab techniques and key professional skills to succeed on their placement by our team.

Placements are normally for 2 weeks during the summer.
Bursaries are available to pay for students’ travel expenses.

Help a student

"Being able to support such a bright student who would not usually have the opportunity to have this experience was not only enjoyable, I could see it made a real difference. It was great!"

Dr Elodie Charbol

"This has really fired me up for my studies"



How can you help?

  • Harness your passion and expertise as a practicing research scientist to give students a unique experience working alongside you for 2 weeks during the summer
  • Take the opportunity to make a difference to the prospects of these young people during your working day
  • Students benefit from working with you through access to information, mentoring and guidance on university applications and STEM careers

Frequently asked questions:

When are the placements and how long do they last?

Placements occur for a period of 2 weeks during the students' summer holiday. A day usually starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.

Does the student need an individual project?

This is recommended but not essential. Students may also support you with your on-going project.

Can students work with animals?

Yes. Please let us know you work with animals and at interviews we will ensure students are happy to observe animal studies or complete dissections before placing them with you.

If the student has down time in the lab and there are no experiments to complete, what should they do?

Students will have a workbook with reading and writing tasks to complete during their placement. We recommend they read journal articles about your research, write a summary of an article, complete a lab book, prepare entries for our competitions or write a report on their placement including techniques they have learned and any results they have. We also suggest they visit a nearby STEM museum for a few hours if they have down time.

Any more questions? Please get in touch

Calling Scientists

Get in touch with us if you would like to provide a placement in your lab for 2 weeks during the summer.

Help a student

"I have learned how to plan and carry out experiments, deliver proper presentations and to read scientific journals. I have also meet some really inspiring people and I feel the skills I have learned will take me very far in life"

Tobi Abiola (2011 student cohort from Cardinal Pole High School, Hackney)

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Why in2scienceUK exists

Students from low-income backgrounds face major barriers when pursuing their interests in science, including a lack of experiences outside of school, knowledge of degree options and understanding of the university application process. This leads to low participation in key STEM subjects.

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     the total of students from independent schools who progress onto University

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     percentage of students eligible for free school meals who go to University

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     number of children eligible for free school meals who gain a place at a highly selective University

Department for Education Widening participation in higher education: 2017 (2014/15 cohort)