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
Jealott's Hill International Research Centre
RG42 6EY, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 413715

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 2006

Applicant: Dr Ruairidh Bain
Supervisor: Dr Ruairidh Bain
Title: Investigation of the relationship between meteorological parameters and the incidence of tuber blight (Phytophthora infestans)
At: Agronomy Crop Science Dept., SAC, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HW
Student: Caroline Graham-Brown
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Prof Bruce Fitt
Supervisors: Prof Bruce Fitt, Dr Bart Fraaije, Dr Simon Atkins, Prof John Lucas
Title: Historical dynamics of diseases of barley leaves.
At: Rothamsted Research, Plant Pathogen Interactions Division, West Common, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ
Student: Teresa Joanne Punch
Time: 8 weeks; Value of award £2,100

Applicant: Prof Chris Dowson and Prof Peter Mills
Supervisors: Prof Chris Dowson and Prof Peter Mills
Title: Pseudomonas in mushrooms; pathogenicity assessments
At: Biological Sciences and Warwick HRI. [Address to Prof Peter Mills, Warwick HRI, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9EF
Student: Eleanor Pinnock
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Dr Anna Gordon
Supervisor: Dr Anna Gordon
Title: Using molecular diagnostics to unravel pea downy mildew epidemiology and evolution
At: Centre for Disease Resistance and Diagnostics, NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE
Student: Quynh Trang To
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Dr Elaine Ward
Supervisor: Dr Elaine Ward
Title: Analysis of interactions between isolates of Polymyxa species, their plant hosts and the viruses they transmit.
At: Plant Pathogen Interactions Division, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ
Student: Sahil Chouhan
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Dr Alexander Hilton
Supervisor: Dr Alex Hilton
Title: Weeds and crop plants as hosts for Colletotrichum coccodes
At: Select Services, SAC, Ferguson Building, Bucksburn, Aberdeen
Student: Derek Johnston Selbie
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack
Supervisors: Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack, Dr Martin Urban, Dr Chris Bass, Thomas Baldwin.
Title: Identification and characterisation of Fusarium graminearum mutants reduced in pathogenicity on wheat ears
At: Plant-Pathogen Interaction Division, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ|
Student: Pierre Carion
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Dr Robert Henry Arnold Coutts
Supervisors: Dr Robert Henry Arnold Coutts
Title: Understanding the virology of Phytophthora endornavirus 1
At: Division of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Rd, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ
Student: Katarina Grznarova
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr
Supervisors: Prof Sarah Gurr and Prof Andrew Smith
Title: Metal hyper-accumulation in plants: an effective elemental defence against fungal pathogens?
At: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB
Student: Catherine Charter
Time: 10 weeks; Value of award £2,500  

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