With the sunshine seemingly over and autumnal nights closing in, I’ve been reflecting on development events which took place over the summer and in particular the success of the Think Ahead: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Scheme (Think Ahead: SURE). 33 summer research projects took place over a 6-8 week period in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health and the Faculty of Science, with undergraduate students gaining valuable research experience to set them up for the final year of their studies and, in some cases, to support applications for further study.
On the 5th August I witnessed students presenting their research findings and I was astounded at the breadth and volume of research undertaken in such a short time. Watching a virtual reality tour of a colon was a particular highlight – it reminded me of a rollercoaster! It was also great to hear from the students about the supportive environment they had been working in and how much praise each had for their project supervisor.
Speaking of the project supervisors; the Think Ahead: SURE scheme is primarily aimed at supporting early career researchers to gain experience of designing and managing a research project from start to finish. This includes recruiting and managing staff, applying for external funding and managing a budget. Sarah Bell recently wrote about New (academic) Year’s resolutions and if strengthening your research and transferable skills is towards the top of your list, Think Ahead: SURE could be what you are looking for. Applications are open now for summer 2017 projects; have a look at our for more details.