How does it work?
All our Year 12 science students are from low income backgrounds and have a passion for science. We interview students prior to placements and pair them with scientists based on their subject interests and location for 2 weeks during the summer. Students also receive a bursary to pay for their lunch and 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 a student a unique experience, working alongside you for 2 weeks during the summer
- Students also benefit from access to information, mentoring and guidance on University applications and an insight into science careers.
- Take the opportunity to make a difference to the prospects of these young people during your working day.
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 advised but not essential. Students may also support you with your on-going project.
Can students work with animals?
Yes, please do inform us and we will ensure students are happy to observe animal studies and complete dissections at their interview.
If the student has down time in the lab and there are no experiments to complete, what should they do?
The student will have a number of reading and writing tasks to complete during the placement. Students will write a summary on a journal article, and they will also need to submit a brief report on their internship. This usually includes the techniques they learn, and any results they may have.
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)
Why in2scienceUK exists
Students from low income backgrounds face major barriers when pursuing their interests in science including a lack of out of class room experiences, knowledge of degree options and the University application processes which lead to low participation in key STEM subjects.
the total of students from independent schools who progress onto University
percentage of students eligible for free school meals who go to University
number of children eligible for free school meals who gain a place at a highly selective University