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 2009

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr
Supervisor: Prof Sarah Gurr
Title: NO focus: effect of NOS generated NO as a chemical effector of pathogenicity in the rice blast fungus
At: Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB
Student: Xanthippi Choraitis
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant:  Dr Chris Ridout and  Dr Mark Stevens
Supervisor: Dr Chris Ridout and Dr Mark Stevens
Title: Impact of Turnip Yellows Virus infection on oilseed quality
At:  Dept of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH
Dr Mark Stevens, Dept of Applied Crop Sciences, Broom's Barn Research Centre, Higham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6NP
Student: Patricia Vives-Garcia
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Dr Robert Henry Arnold Coutts
Supervisor: Dr Coutts
Title: Completion of the genomic sequences of two unclassified mycoviruses of the fungus Phlebiopsis gigantea
At: Division of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Rd, London SW7 2AZ
Student: Wang Weiyuan Joshua
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant:  Dr Simon Edwards
Supervisor: Dr Simon Edwards
Title: Quantification of Fusarium species in UK wheat from 2001-2008
At: Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Student: Joanne Stubbs
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant:  Dr Matthew Dickinson
Supervisor:  Dr Matthew Dickinson
Title: How prevalent are phytoplasmas in UK crops?
At: University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, LE12 5RD
Student: Ana Lazar
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant: Dr Ruairidh Bain
Supervisor: Dr Ruairidh Bain
Title: Sustainable and effective control of potato blight matching fungicide inputs to cultivar resistance level
At: Agronomy, John Niven Building, SAC, Ayr Campus, Auchincruive Estate, Ayr KA6 5HW
Student: Holly Rivett
Time: 10 weeks

Applicant:  Dr Gail Margaret Preston
Supervisor: Dr Gail Margaret Preston
Title: Does acidity inhibit the growth of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato in tomato fruit?
At: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3RB
Student: Erin Rose Butterworth
Time: 8 weeks

Applicant: Dr Avice M. Hall
Supervisor: Dr Avice M. Hall
Title: The effect of post harvest treatments on the survival of strawberry powdery mildew between seasons
At: School of Life Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield
Student: Faith Muinde
Time: 9 weeks

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