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)
Biological Sciences
Syngenta
Jealott's Hill International Research Centre
Bracknell
RG42 6EY, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 413715
E-mail: education@bspp.org.uk

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


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Student Bursaries Awarded 2012

At: Crop and Soil Systems, Research Division, John Niven Building, SAC, Auchincruive Estate,
Ayr, KA6 5HW.
Title: Contribution of cultivar resistance to the integrated control of potato blight in the UK.
Applicant: Dr Ruairidh Andrew Bain.
Student: Georgina Boswell.

At: School of Life Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Al10 9AB.
Title: The effect of potassium carbonate in a silicon wetter in reducing strawberry powdery mildew in the field.
Applicant: Dr Avice Hall.
Student: Khin Hsu Hsu San.

At: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB.
Title: Trade-offs in the evolution of plant defence in the metal hyperaccumulator Noccaea coerulescens.
Applicant: Dr Gail Preston
Student: Freya Varden

At: Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park,
Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH.
Title: Temperature-stable disease resistance in wheat.
Applicant: Dr Chris Ridout.
Student: Alice R. Mitchell.

At: Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park,
Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH.
Title: Response of Brachypodium distachyon TDNA-tagged mutants to infection by Fusarium.
Applicant: Dr Paul Nicholson.
Student: Jie Li.

At: The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7
Applicant: Dr Cyril Zipfel.
Title: Reverse-genetic analysis of a subfamily of Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases potentially involved in innate immunity.
Student: Christobel Gallardo.

At: Applied Plant Science and Biometrics Division,
Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, 18A Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX, Northern Ireland, UK
Title: Phytophthora infestans: is the A2 genotype Blue 13 surviving in Northern Ireland
Applicant: Dr Louise Cooke.
Student: Emma Walker.

At: Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, Liverpool L69 7ZB.
Title: Investigating the relationship between the plant nuclear pore complex and viral infection.
Applicant: Dr Geraint Parry.
Student: Alexander Hull.

At: Cell and Molecular Sciences Group, James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK.
Title: Identification and functional characterisation of nematode effectors that suppress PAP triggered immunity.
Applicant:  Dr John Jones.
Student: Celine Delabre.

At: Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Faculty of Natural Sciences, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ.
Title: Cloning and sequencing of dsRNA elements from Aspergillus sp.
Applicant: Dr Robert Coutts.
Student: Catherine Townsend.

At: Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Faculty of Natural Sciences, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ.
Title: Investigating the function of two component proteins in resistance towards Botrytis cinerea.
Applicant: Dr Radhika Desikan.
Student: Rebecca V. Southwell.

At: Department of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9EF.
Title: Do pathogenicity effector proteins interact with host transcription factors?
Applicant: Professor Jim Beynon
Student: Lorna Cox.

At: School of Life Sciences and Warwick Systems Biology Centre, University of Warwick, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9EF.
Title: Are key regulators of the Arabidopsis defence response against Botrytis cinerea effective against other necrotrophic pathogens?
Applicant: Dr Katherine Denby.
Student: Tessa Slater.

At: Plant Protection Programme, FERA, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ.
Title: Determining how populations of Rhizoctonia solani survive in soil between potato crops.
Applicant: Dr James Woodhall.
Student: Alexander Ward McCormack.

At:  Plant Protection Programme, FERA, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ.
Title: The interaction between plant-pathogenic Streptomyces, the plant host and the soil environment.
Applicant: Dr Richard Thwaites.
Student: Michael Clarke.

At: BIOMERIT Research Centre, Department of Microbiology, UCC, College Road,
Cork, Ireland.
Title: Do non-host plants harbour pathogenic Xanthomonas species as symptomless endophytes?
Applicant: Dr Max Dow.
Student: Jessica Lynagh.

At: Institute of Molecular Plant Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh,
King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JH.
Title: Arabidopsis RAP1-just another E3 ligase or important regulator of plant disease resistance?
Applicant: Professor Gary J. Loake.
Student: Dimitar Z. Epihov.

At: Diagnostics & Molecular Biology, SASA, 1 Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9FJ.
Title: Development of an aphid bar-coding database.
Applicant: Dr David Kenyon.
Student: Claire Wood.


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