Residential course in Biology and Genetics
To help inspire the next generation of scientists, the LMB participates in an annual five-day intensive residential Biology and Genetics course for exceptional students (aged 17-18) at Villiers Park Educational Trust in Foxton, Cambridge.
The course aims to inspire young people who have been identified as having a real passion for biological science. Participants are chosen by their schools and pushed beyond the standard A-level biology tuition with classes and practicals pitched at first-year degree level.
Around 24-26 students can take part in the course, with one student attending from each school. The LMB’s Samantha Wynne teaches half the course and also organises practical laboratory work for the students, to reinforce the theoretical knowledge they have gained from the classes. During these sessions students are assisted by staff to carry out plasmid DNA extractions and digests, look at cells and viruses under different microscopes, and build protein structures with 3D molecular graphics programmes.
The course gives students a rare opportunity to visit a world-class centre of research, meet working scientists and, hopefully, be inspired to see science as an exciting and valuable career choice.
Feedback from recent participants:
“The staff were very friendly, open and knowledgeable. It brought to life what a career in science would really involve.”
“The trip was excellent. Practical was extensive and enlightening. Talks were well given and interesting.”
“I though it was exciting to see how people actually worked and loved their subject.”