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

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 413715
E-mail: education@bspp.org.uk

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 2011

Applicant: Dr. Allison van de Meene
Student: Jue Lan
At: Bioimaging, Centre for sustainable pest and disease management, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ.
Title: Microscopic characterisation of the growth and development of a Fusarium graminearum mutant severely compromised in disease causing ability.

Applicant: Dr Chris Ridout
Student: Jodie Daniels
At: Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH
Title: PAMP-induced metabolites in Brassica napus.

Applicant: Prof Sarah Gurr
Student: Eleanor Ceindeg Jaskowsk
Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB
Title: Glucans and the rice blast fungus cell wall.

Applicant: Dr Andrew Pitman
Student: Emily Codling
At: New Zealand Institute for Plant and Animal Research, Canterbury Agriculture and Science Centre, Gerald Street, Lincoln, New Zealand
Title: Genotyping of geographically distinct New Zealand tomato potato psyllid populations and their associated Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum strains.

Applicant: Dr Geraint Parry
Student: Niedharsan Pooranachandran
At: Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, Liverpool L69 7ZB
Title: Investigating the role of the Arabidopsis nuclear pore complex in the plant defence response.
Applicant: Dr Louise Cooke
Student: Alexander Gilliland
At: Applied Plant Science and Biometrics Division, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, 18A Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX, Northern Ireland, UK
Title: Phytophthora ramorum species jump, what will happen to Northern Ireland’s Japanese larch?

Applicant: Professor James Brown
Student: Coline Boizard
At: John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH
Title: Development of a stable transformation method for the barley powdery mildew Blumeria graminis f.sp. hordei.

Applicant: Dr Paul Nicholson
Student: Ryan Hamnett
At: Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH
Title: Interactions between Fusarium mycotoxins and cereal hosts.

Applicant: Dr Richard Cooper:
Student: William Kay
At: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, 4 South, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, Fusarium wilt of oil palm: detection and suppression.

Applicant: Dr Cyril Zipfel
Student: Janek Kucinski
At:The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH
Title: Reverse-genetic analysis of a subfamily of Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases potentially involved in innate immunity.

Applicant: Prof. Sophien Kamoun
Student: Caroline Telford
At: The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH
Title: Host cell processes in interactions between Phytophthora and plants.

Applicant: Dr Heiko Ziebell
Student: Ina Silke Lena Buchholz
At: Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics, Julius Kuhn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Messeweg 11-12, 38104 Braunschweig, Germany
Title: Biological and molecular characterisation of a cowpea mild mosaic virus isolate.

Applicant: Prof. Murray Grant
Student: Max Coulter
At: Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Science, Geoffrey Pope Building, Stocker Road,
Exeter EX4 4QD
Title: Discriminating between pathogenic and non-pathogenic Xanthomonas campestris pv musacearum isolates.

Applicant: Dr Luis A. J. Mur
Student: William Griffiths
At: 14. Aberystwyth University, ‘’IBERS’’, Edward Llwyd Building, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Title: Eyes wide shut-The impact on pathogen-induced stomatal lock up in Miscanthus spp.

Applicant: Dr Avice Hall
Student: Steven Moloney
At: School of Life Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Al10 9AB
Title: How fungicide effects on oilseed rape are influenced by interactions between phoma stem canker pathogens.


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