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School of the Biological Sciences

people standing on the stairs outside the Zoology Museum

We are very pleased to be welcoming the 15 students taking part in the 2022 Experience Postgraduate Life Sciences widening participation internship programme. Selected from over 228 applicants from 70 universities, these undergraduate students will be in Cambridge from 11 July to 2 September, generously hosted by Corpus Christi College, and working in research labs across the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Clinical Medicine.


During their 8 weeks at Cambridge, the students will gain lab-based research experience and receive training to develop a range of skills, from data analysis and visualisation to science communication. They will also have dedicated mentors from among current PhD students and research staff, to extend their professional networks, learn how to prepare competitive postgraduate applications and explore the diverse career opportunities opened by a science degree.

Following a warm welcome by Prof. Bhaskar Vira, incoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, an early highlight of their first week was a guided tour of the Museum of Zoology led by Jack Ashby, Assistant Director of the Museum. The group very much enjoyed looking at museum exhibits differently, considering their histories and how ideas have been challenged over time.


People standing around in a circle talking           people standing around listening behind an animal skeleton at the Zoology Museum


Matthias Landgraf, Deputy Head of the School of Biological Sciences for Postgraduate Strategy and one of the Coordinators of the Programme said, “It has been wonderful to witness the buzz of excitement with this year’s cohort.”

On the final day of the programme, the interns will present their scientific work at the Student Symposium and attend a formal dinner at Corpus Christi college.


About the Programme

Experience Postgrad Life Sciences is a paid 8-week research internships programme for UK and Republic of Ireland residents who are studying at a UK or Republic of Ireland university for their undergraduate bachelor degree and are in their penultimate year of study.

The 2022 Programme is supported by:

Corpus Christi College

The David and Claudia Harding Foundation

The MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge

School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute