BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary Fund

The undergraduate vacation bursary is open to all BSPP members and will provide modest support for work on specified research projects during the summer vacation. The objective of the bursaries is to provide undergraduates considering a research career with some practical experience in a plant pathology laboratory and to assist supervisors to meet some specific research objectives.

Applications are invited from supervisors on behalf of an identified student. Students should be in the middle year(s) of their degree course and each BSPP member will be restricted to making a single application annually. Bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Insurance cover for BSPP-supported bursaries is the responsibility of the institution hosting the student. Such cover indemnifies any insurance claims on the BSPP during the tenure of the awards.

The bursary is not transferable and students will receive a sum of 200 pounds sterling per week to cover their living expenses. A sum of 500 pounds sterling will also be provided for consumables. Bursaries will be for a maximum of 10 weeks and a minimum of 8 weeks. In the event of a successful application, cheques will be made payable to the institution in which the student will work who should arrange payment weekly in arrears subject to satisfactory attendance and performance. The final payment should be made only after a short report (500 words maximum), completed by the student, has been submitted to BSPP via the supervisor. For details on the format of this report see instructions for busary fund authors and examples that were condensed for BSPP News.

You can apply for an undergraduate vacation bursary by downloading an application form in MS Word or Acrobat Reader formats below.
bsppvac.doc (MS Word 104kb)
bsppvac.pdf (Acrobat Reader 32kb)

Application forms must be returned by the closing date of 1 April to:

Dr James M. Fountaine (BSPP Education Officer)
Crop and Soil Systems Research
SRUC, West Mains Road
Edinburgh EH9 3JG

Tel: 0131 535 4370

Notification of the results of applications will be made after consideration by the Education sub-committee of BSPP Board.

Student Bursaries Awarded 2013

Applicant: Dr Pietro Spanu (Imperial College, London)
Title: Characterising the targets of the powdery mildew fungus effector, BEC1054
Student: Max Wilkinson

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr (Univeristy of Exeter)
Title: Spatial and temporal resolution of pest and disease incidence
Student: Mara Carraro

Applicant: Dr Geraint Parry (Liverpool University)
Title: Investigating the nuclear pore complex as a possible target for developing resistance to plant viruses
Student: Alexander Coleman

Applicant: Prof Matt Dickinson (University of Nottingham)
Title: Developing LAMP-based diagnostics for in-field detection of Fusarium and Microdochium species causing Fusarium head blight
Student: Eleanor Fearnley

Applicant: Dr Radhika Desikan (Imperial College, London)
Title: Function of the two-component system in Botrytis-induced defence in Arabidopsis
Student: Alica Ptaszynska-Neophytou

Applicant: Prof Dawn Arnold (UWE, Bristol)
Title: Identification of competence genes in Pseudomonas syringae PV. Phaeolicola
Student: Michael Fleming

Applicant: Prof Murray Grant (Univeristy of Exeter)
Title: Real-time imaging of plant defence responses, ascertaining the impact of combinatorial treatments of hormones
Student: Laura Hooper

Applicant: Dr John Carr (Cambridge)
Title: Effect of tomato trichome mutants on aphids feeding behaviour and virus spread.
Student: Josephine Maidment

Applicant: Dr Gillian Young (AFBI, NI)
Title: Potato virus Y: which strains does Northern Ireland have and why?
Student: Aaron Nugent

Applicant: Prof Ian Toth (JHI, Dundee)
Title: Internalisation and spread of the bacterial plant pathogen Pectobacterium atrosepticum within potato plants
Student: Clarinda Burrell

Applicant: Prof Michael Shaw (Reading)
Title: Variation in the temperature response of growth in vitro of leptosphaeria maculans, causal agent of phoma stem canker on oilseed rape.
Student: Georgina Mason

Applicant: Dr David Cooke (JHI, Dundee)
Title: Pathogen genotype by environment interactions in potato late blight infection.
Student: Stephen Kemp

Applicant: Prof James Beynon (University of Warwick)
Title: Studying the role of pathogenicity effectors in altering host immune responses
Student: Tom Adams

Applicant: Dr Jane Thomas (NIAB)
Title: Genetic and mycotoxin profiling of an epidemic using Fusarium graminearum field populations.
Student: Alison Madgwick

Applicant: Dr Neil Havis (SRUC, Edinburgh)
Title: Defining the host range of the barley pathogen, Ramularia collo-cygni
Student: April Armstrong

Applicant: Dr Chris Ridout (JIC)
Title: Novel disease resistance and quality traits from heritage barley varieties
Student: Hicret Yalcin

Applicant: Dr Edgar Huitema (Dundee)
Title: Identification of DNA binding effectors in Phytophthora
Student: Ewan Waters

Applicant: Dr David Kenyon (SASA, Scottish Government)
Title: The use of molecular markers to study microbial diversity in soils following isothiocyanate (ITC) treatments.
Student: Sarah O'Flaherty

Applicant: Dr Robert Coutts (Imperial)
Title: Screening a large panel of Chalara fraxinea isolates for mycoviruses for potential use in biological control of the ash dieback disease
Student: Saidat Ladejobi

Applicant: Prof Bruce Fitt
Title: Suppression of the plant immune response by effectors produced by Leptosphaeria maculans
Student: Isobel Stokes

View Undergraduate Vacation Bursaries Awarded for: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 and before