2013 Eisenthal Prize winner announced

Anna Miles (University College London, UK)
Anna Miles (University College London, UK)

The Biochemical Society today announced the winner of the Eisenthal Prize as Anna Miles at University College London (London, UK). Anna won the prize for her Summer Vacation Studentship application for her project entitled ‘Role of the molecular interactions between Complement C3d and Factor H in regulating the complement cascade of innate immunity’. The eight week placement will be supervised by Professor Stephen Perkins at University College London (London, UK).  The grant scheme not only benefits the student as they get valuable lab experience, but the supervisor also gains an extra pair of hands for the summer and can play a part in introducing a future scientist to research.

Professor Stephen Perkins said “”I benefited myself from summer studentships many years ago when I was an undergraduate thinking about a PhD, and they definitely helped me decide what to do.  I have continued this tradition by offering a position for enthusiastic undergraduates in my lab over the summer so that they can see how the lab works. They can interact with my current PhD students and postdocs and learn what it is like to purify the complement proteins and subject them to careful biophysical measurements. They also get the chance to engage with the frontiers of new science, especially the growth of new complement therapeutics. The support from the Biochemical Society has helped enormously in this regard in recent years”

Anna Miles, undergraduate, University College London, said ‘’I am thoroughly looking forward to this internship. The experience will be invaluable and I am extremely fortunate to be able to work with a team of professional scientists. I am particularly excited to be able to use techniques studied extensively during my undergraduate degree. I also look forward to being introduced to new skills in the laboratory and to experience new procedures. This opportunity will provide an unrivalled insight into working within a research environment and will enable me to gain confidence in my practical abilities.’

The Eisenthal Prize is awarded in memory of Professor Robert Eisenthal, formerly of the Biology and Biochemistry Department at the University of Bath, he was a long standing and active member of the Biochemical Society. The Society instituted The Eisenthal Prize to honour his commitment to science education and wishes this prize to be a lasting mark of respect for a colleague who did so much to make the Studentship scheme so successful.

Summer Vacation Studentships

Grants are available for stipends of £200 per week for 6 – 8 weeks, and up to £1,600 in total, to support an undergraduate student to carry out a summer lab placement. This scheme not only benefits the student as they get valuable research experience, but the supervisor also gains an extra pair of hands in the lab.

Interested students must pair up with a potential supervisor, develop a project together, then apply for funding. Applicants (supervisors) must be members of the Biochemical Society working in a university or research institute, and apply for the grant on behalf of the student.

The deadline for the 2013 applications has now passed. The deadline for 2014 applications is 14 February 2014.

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