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 2008

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr
Supervisor: Prof Sarah Gurr
Title: A role for cell wall glucan remodelling enzymes in fungal virulence?
At: Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB
Student: Katie Bonner
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Prof Gary D Foster
Supervisor: Prof Gary D Foster
Title: Final testing of infectious clones to Potato Virus Y-NTN
At: School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1UG
Student: Winifred Elin Jones
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Dr Gareth W. Griffith
Supervisor: Dr Gareth W. Griffith / Dr Luis A.J. Mur
Title: Tomato-flavoured chocolate: using tomato mutants to gain insight into witches’ broom disease of cacao
At:S27 Adeilad Cledwyn Building, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales SY23 3DD
Student: Jonathan Lamb
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Dr Radhika Desikan
Supervisor: Dr Radhika Desikan
Title: The effects of Botrytis challenge on Arabidopsis histidine kinase mutants
At: Division of Biology, Sir Alexander Fleming Building Room 510, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ
Student: Emmy McGarry
Time: 8 weeks

Applicant: Dr Matt Dickinson
Supervisor: Dr Matt Dickinson
Title: A survey for the presence of phytoplasmas in UK plants and crops.
At: School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough LE12 5RD
Student: Leanne Lane
Time: 9 weeks

Applicant: Dr John Carr
Supervisor: Dr John Carr
Title: Nitric oxide and its effects on plant virus infection
At: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Site, Cambridge CB2 3EA
Student: Tegwen Ecclestone
Time: 8-10 weeks

Applicant: John Clarkson
Supervisor: John Clarkson
Title: Diversity of UK Sclerotinia sclerotiorum on meadow buttercup
At: Warwick HRI, University of Warwick, Wellesbourne, Warwick CV34 5NX
Student: Xinyang Hong
Time: 8 weeks

Applicant: Prof Bruce D L Fitt (
Supervisor: Bruce Fitt
Title: Symptomless infection of barley, rye and grasses by Rhynchosporium species.
At: Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ.
Student: Kevin Michael King
Time: 10 weeks (commencing 1 July 2008)

Applicant: Dr Stuart Wale
Supervisor: Dr Stuart Wale / Dr Alison Lees
Title: Investigating the environmental factors affecting infection of potato by Spongospora subterranea the cause of powdery scab
At: SAC Aberdeen, Ferguson Building, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA
Student:  Kevin Wright
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Dr Luis A.J. Mur
Supervisor: Dr Luis A.J. Mur
Title: From model to crop: Characterising ethylene effects in the Botrytis cinerea – Tomato interaction.
At: University of Aberystwyth, Edward Llwyd Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DA
Student: Sarah Tvedt
Time: 8 weeks

Applicant: Dr Dawn Arnold
Supervisor: Dr Dawn Arnold and Dr John Hancock
Title: A study of nitric oxide generation by Pseudomonas syringae.
At: Centre for Research in Plant Science, University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
Student: Annieberthia Sadoo
Time: 8 weeks

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