ICG offers a variety of research experience placements aimed at providing experience of working as an academic scientist to students ranging in age from Year 10 to undergraduate.
- Year 10 Work Experience Week (Jun 13th-17th 2016)
- Year 12 4-6 week summer “Nuffield Research Scheme”
- Undergraduate Summer Research Placements
Year 10 Work Experience Week
In June each year we run a special “work experience week” inviting local young people from Y10 to spend a week at the ICG. This is a chance to experience the environment of a professional astronomer or cosmologist. You will work on a small research project with a research supervisor (one of the ICG Academic Staff or Postdoctoral Researchers), as well as participate in a range of specially designed activities (e.g. tailored lecturers, and a campus tour). You will also get chance to meet other young people interested in exploring astronomy/cosmology as a career.
We especially encourage applications from students who aren’t sure that a career in science is for them, but are interested in exploring their options.
News items about previous work experience visits:
Nuffield Research Placements
Nuffield Research Placements is a UK-wide scheme giving students in the first year of post-16 studies a chance to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for 4 – 6 weeks over the summer holidays. ICG has supported this scheme for the last several years, typically taking 1-2 students each summer.
Students eligible for this scheme are:
- In their first year of post-16 studies (Year 12 or equivalent).
- Studying one or more A-levels (or equivalent) in maths, science, engineering or a technology-related subjects.
- Studying at a UK school or college and resident in the UK.
(Anyone studying for a degree, or similar higher-level qualification, at a university or college is not eligible to apply)
- Available for a minimum of four consecutive weeks during the school summer holiday period.
In addition the scheme is targeted at students who:
- Have 5 GCSEs at grade B or above, including Maths, English and a science.
- Have an interest in studying science, technology, engineering or maths at university.
- Want to find out more about careers in STEM.
To ensure no-one is excluded because of financial need, travel costs are provided for all students, and means tested burseries are also available.
Students from all schools and colleges in the UK are eligible to apply to the scheme. However,the Nuffield Foundation (and ICG) are particularly keen to encourage students with no family history of Higher Education, or who have not had the opportunity to participate in an enrichment activity of this nature before, to apply. Only a small number of places on the scheme are awarded to independent students each year.
The application deadline for Sussex & Hampshire this year is 11th March 2016. Please indicate your interest in ICG based projects when you apply.
News items about previous Nuffield Research Placement Students:
Examples of previous research projects:
- Summer 2015: Exploring the morphologies of galaxies in single-band SDSS images
- Summer 2014: An investigation in how the prominence of spiral arms correlates (or not) with measures of ongoing star formation in spiral galaxies.
Undergraduate Research Experience
News items about previous Undergraduate Research Placements
SEPNet Placements at ICG
Undergraduate student at SEPNet (South East Physics Network) Universities can apply for the SEPNet placement scheme to spend eight weeks working on a research project at ICG. The scheme is only for physics undergraduates on Year 2 BSc/MSci/MPhys programmes and Year 3 MPhys/MSci programmes at SEPnet partner universities (Hertfordshire, Kent, Open, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex). Eligible students will be emailed instructions about how to apply.
Ogden Trust Placements at ICG
Every summer, the Ogden Trust offers 6-8 week paid internships. These are open to Ogden alumni (i.e. gifted physicists (mainly) currently or previously on means-tested scholarships). They are advertised to Ogden undergraduates in all years and to Ogden students in their final year at school. ICG is pleased to support this scheme and continue at least one Ogden placement each summer. Students must apply via the Ogden Trust.
University Funded Placements
We are sometimes able to support 1 or 2 University of Portsmouth funded projects. To apply for these (if you are not eligible for either SEPNet or Ogden) please send an application to Dr. Karen Masters (karen.masters ‘at’ port.ac.uk) by the end of March 2016. This should comprise a CV (including details of your University units and specific details on marks in different units) along with a cover letter indicating why you are interested in a placement in Portsmouth, and what type of project you would be most interested in.
Decisions about undergraduate placements will be made by the end of April 2016.
Undergraduate Projects Available in 2016
- The Morphology of Void Galaxies. Supervisor: Samantha Penny.
- Testing Gravity Using Stellar Pulsations. Supervisor: Jeremy Sakstein. More Details.
- Observing the fuel for star formation in nearby galaxies with the Green Bank Radio Telescope. Supervisor: Karen Masters.
- Galaxy evolution with millions of galaxies from the Dark Energy Survey. Supervisor: Daniel Thomas
If you would like to discuss a different research experience placement we may be able to accommodate a your requests. Please contact the ICG Work Experience and Research Placements Organizer, Dr. Karen Masters via karen.masters ‘at’ port.ac.uk for more details.