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 2007

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr
Supervisor: Prof Sarah Gurr
Title: A role for NO in pathogenicity in the rice blast fungus?
At: Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB
Student: Clare Turbervill
Time: 10 weeks (commencing July 2007)           

Applicant: Prof. George P C Salmond
Supervisor: Prof. George P C Salmond 
Title: Molecular analysis of an endophytic Serratia strain that makes an antifungal, biocontrol antibiotic.
At: Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Building O. Downing Site, Tennis Court Rd, Cambridge CB2 1QW
Student: Miss Madushi K. Wanaguru
Time: 10 weeks (commencing July 2007).

Applicant: Prof Gary Foster
Supervisor: Prof Gary Foster
Title: Investigating genes involved in symptom variation in Pepino mosaic virus on tomato using recombinant infectious clones
At: School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1UG
Student: Jonathan Crouch
Time: 10 weeks (commencing 01/07/07)

Applicant: Dr Robert Henry Arnold Coutts
Supervisor: Title: Isolation of dsRNAs from a range of Phytophthora spp.; Polymerase chain reaction amplification of complementary DNAs from dsRNA; cloning and/or direct sequencing of amplicons; bioinformatic analysis of sequence data; construction of phylograms.
At: Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Rd, London SW7 2AZ
Student: Marcus Blagrove
Time: 10 weeks (commencing 23 June 2007)            

Applicant: Dr Andrew Mark Bailey
Title: Gene disruption in Mycosphaerella graminicola
At: School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Woodland Rd, Bristol BS8 1UG
Student: Rachel Curnock
Time: 10 weeks (commencing 2 July 2007)

Applicant: Dr Eric Boa
Supervisor: Dr Rob Reeder, Mrs Paula Kelly, Dr Eric Boa
Title: The art of diagnosis: learning how the Global Plant Clinic helps producers in developing countries identify the cause of plant diseases and what to do about them.
At: GPC, CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY
Student: Francesca Blythe
Time: tba

Applicant: Jonathan West
Supervisor: Jonathan West
Title: Measurement of airborne inoculum of toxin-producing fungal diseases of wheat grain
At: Plant-Pathogen Interactions, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
Student: Clare Rebecca Elliott
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Prof Bruce DL Fitt
Supervisor: Prof Bruce DL Fitt
Title: Cost of climate change-induced increase in range and severity of Phoma stem canker on UK oilseed rape.
At: Oilseeds Pathology Group, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ
Student: Michael Howard Butterworth
Time: 10 weeks (commencing 24th June 2007)

Applicant: Dr Simon Weller
Supervisor: Dr Simon Weller
Title: Identifying, to species level, a novel Rhizobium strain which harbours an Agrobacterium Ri-plasmid
At: Central Science Laboratory, Plant Health Group, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ
Student: Charlotte Bicker
Time: 10 weeks (commencing 18th June 2007).

Applicant: Matt Dickinson
Supervisor: Matt Dickinson
Title: Isolation and characterization of mobile DNA elements in phytoplasmas
At: University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, LE12 5 RD
Student: Laura Deakin
Time: 8 weeks         

Applicant: Dr Dale Walters
Supervisor: Dr Dale Walters
Title: Coating leaves for disease control: using novel polymers derived from cereals to control foliar pathogens.
At: Crop & Soil Systems Research Group, SAC, King?s Buildings, West Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH9 3JG
Student: Christine Jesson
Time: 10 weeks.

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