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Undergraduate research opportunities

SLCU offers undergraduate students from within and outside the University of Cambridge the chance to gain hands-on research experiences on real research projects as a member of one of our research groups.

These project placements can increase your transferrable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment.


Undergraduate summer research placements

Our undergraduate summer research placements will give you a taste of what a research career is like.

You will work under the supervision of a postdoctoral or PhD researcher and be fully embedded within the research group, participate in lab meetings, attend seminars, write a research report, participate in social and other events, and present a scientific poster at the Plant Biology Summer Student Career & Poster Session at the end of your placement.

Each SLCU research group offers up to three summer placements of 8-10 weeks duration in July-August with a £350 per week salary. You can apply anytime, but places fill-up fast and so we recommend applying before 31st March each year.

View SLCU’s research group pages to identify an area of interest and then email the group leader to register your interest in a summer placement.


Sainsbury undergraduate studentships

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation runs an undergraduate studentship scheme aims to support second-year undergraduates with an interest in plant science to undertake summer research projects in laboratories outside their place of study.

Each award totals £5,000:  £3,000 paid through the host institution to support the student and provide some costs to the host laboratory during the summer internship as well as £2,000 directly to the student (£1,000 before and after the summer project). Up to seven studentships are awarded each year.

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Part II & Part III research projects

SLCU hosts Part II and Part III research project placements for University of Cambridge undergraduates. Please view SLCU’s research group pages to identify an area of interest and then email the group leader to discuss.


Further information

If you have any questions about undergraduate research placements, please contact Renske Vroomans or Sarah Robinson.