Thank you to Claire: the first BSPP Outreach Intern student

11 Sep 2013

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Claire describing plant pathogens at the start of her internship.

Now that our outreach events are over for this summer, it’s time to say thank you to everyone who’s helped. We’d like to say a big thank you to Claire Stoker, a PhD student from the University of Warwick who completed an outreach internship with us from April – June.

How did Claire get on?

Claire was brilliant. Researching and developing educational resources and helping to run events at the UK Plant Science Conference and Bristol Festival of Nature and also our own Leafy Murder Mystery. She worked hard, producing high quality work, and adding lots of creative ideas and enthusiasm. We also enjoyed watching her communication skills flourish, learning how to talk about plant pathology to young people and members of the public.

Claire said:

'This internship was very diverse; it was very rare I was repeating tasks and that was probably my favourite feature. I also enjoyed working with children as they ask questions that many adults could never think of.'

Outreach supervisor Dr Robert Jackson said:

'Claire was fantastic to work with, showing fabulous engagement and enthusiasm from the outset. I am really pleased that Claire has provided Katie with the help required to get the first two outreach events off the ground and provide some momentum for the outreach work.'

BSPP President Professor Mike Shaw said:

'I’d like to add my thanks to Claire for her commitment, initiative and assistance with the work of the society. We wish her well in the rest of her PhD studies and her future career.'

We wish Claire well with her PhD and hope there’ll be lots of opportunities to work together in the future!

Over the autumn months we’ll be planning lots more outreach events and developing resources for next year. If you’d like to get involved or have any questions please contact Katie: outreach@bspp.org.uk