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 2010

Applicant:Dr. Jon West
Student: Alexandra East
At: Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ.
Title: Understanding the timing and dispersal of airborne spores of Fusarium graminearum and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.

Applicant: Dr. Jolyon Lorne Alexander Dodgson
Student: Nitis Smanthong
At: Department of Biology/Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Tambon Khamriang, Kantharawichai District, Maha Sarakham, 44150 Thailand.
Title: The use of chitin and chitosan from shellfish waste as bio-control agents for Colletotrichum orbiculare on cucumber in Thailand.

Applicant: Dr Dawn L Arnold
Student: Katherine Jane Snell
At: Centre for Research in Plant Science,  Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK.
Title: Studies on the bean pathogen Pseudomonas syringae

Applicant: Dr Eleanor Gilroy
Student: Dionne Turnbull
At: Office D111/D107 laboratory, D-Block, Plant Pathology, SCRI, Dundee DD2 5DA
Title: Recognition of the RXLR effector Avr2 from Phytophthora infestans.

Applicant: Dr John Carr
Student: Heather Dixon
At: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EA
Title: The role of annexin 1 in plant defence against pathogens.

Applicant: Dr Adrian Newton
Student: Anna Macrae
At: Plant Pathology Programme, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK
Title: Studies on Rhynchosporium secalis.

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr
Student: Emma Houghton-Brown
At: Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB
Title: An investigation into the role of nitric oxide in the pathogenicity of Magnaporthe oryzae.

Applicant: Dr Robert Coutts
Student: Joanna Ceinwen Rowley
At: Division of Biology, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Faculty of Natural Sciences, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ
Title: Cloning and sequencing of Aspergillus spp. dsRNAs and preliminary investigation into their silencing.

Applicant: Dr Matthew Dickinson
Student: Sophie Dale
At: School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonnington Campus, Loughborough, LE12 5RD
Title: Improvements in field diagnosis of phytoplasmas.

Applicant: Prof James Brown
Student: Mathilde Cailliau
At: Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH
Title: Effects of Mycoshpaerella graminicola on infection of wheat by Blumeria graminis.

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