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.docx (MS Word 104kb)
bsppvac.pdf (Acrobat Reader 32kb)

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

Prof. Dawn Arnold (Education Officer)
University of the West of England, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 83819


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

Student Bursaries Awarded 2015

Applicant: Henrik Stotz, University of Hertfordshire
Title: Sustainable yield of oilseed rape through improved resistance against Leptosphaeria maculans (phoma)
Student: Katherine Noel

Applicant: Cyril Zipfel, The Sainsbury Laboratory
Title: Deciphering the interplay between cell wall integrity, sensing and immunity
Student: Jack Rhodes

Applicant: Ashleigh Mackenzie, SRUC, Edinburgh.
Title: The impact of different fungicide regimes on the development of fungicide resistance in B. cinerea
Student: Marcus Murray

Applicant: Pietro Spanu, Imperial
Title: Identifying direct protein-protein interactions between barley powdery mildew effectors and components of cereal Receptor Like Kinases required for non-host resistance in wheat and barley.
Student: Emily Read

Applicant: Muray Grant, Exeter
Title: A novel adenosine nucleoside as a broad-spectrum virulence factor in plant-microbe interactions?
Student: Benjamin Gough

Applicant: Sarah Green, Forest Research
Title: Investigate spread of Phytophthora austrocedri in soil and water at an infected juniper (Juniperus communis) site
Student: Heather Dun

Applicant: Mark Banfield, JIC
Title: The molecular basis of host interaction in an effector protein family from Phytophthora
Student: Velin Sequeira

Applicant: Kim Hammond-Kosack, Rothamsted
Title: Investigating a potential link between take-all disease progression and root system phenotypes in two important elite winter wheat cultivars
Student: Erin Baggs

Applicant: Eleni Siasou, UWE, Bristol
Title: The effects of acute ionizing radiation on plant fungal pathogens
Student: Shea Murphy

Applicant: Mahmut Tor, Worcester
Title: Genetic dissection of sulforaphane-mediated defence signalling in Arabidopsis.
Student: Lisa King

Applicant: Lesley Torrance, JHI
Title: Naturally-occurring endosymbiotic bacteria in plant tissues - where and what are they, and what are the implications for plant pathogen genome sequencing?
Student: Beatrix Clark

Applicant: Estrella Luna-Diez, Sheffield
Title: The effect of a plant defence activator in the protection of tomato harvest against diseases
Student: Samuel Wilkinson

Applicant: Robert Saville, East Malling
Title: Conventional Chemistries under threat: Can alternative chemistries complementa reduced fungicide programme?
Student: Michael Long

Applicant: Sarah Gurr, Exeter
Title: Emerging pests and pathogens in China.
Student: Elsa Fields

Applicant: Rob Jackson, Reading
Title: Characterisation of bacteriophage for use in controlling Horse Chestnut bleeding canker (HCBC) disease
Student: Benjamin James Dorgan

Applicant: John Carr, Cambridge
Title: Mutations in cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) affecting interactions of the 2b silencing suppressor with AGO1 and CMV-induced effects on aphid performance.
Student: Josh McQuail

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