Life Sciences: Closing event for the summer students
Forty-two students have gained work experience from a research project with a scholarship from UiO:Life Science this summer. The end of this year's summer projects was celebrated with presentations, poster exhibition and prize ceremony on 19 October.
Poster exhibition, presentations and prize ceremony
This year, it was finally possible to have a gathering to mark the end of this year's summer projects. The program included a poster exhibition summarizing the students' research projects, an inspirational talk by a former summer student, now a PhD student at the Department of Chemistry, Stian Kogler, while Nigar Abbasova and Håkon Krogrud presented student innovation from the makerspace LagLivLab.
In addition, eight of the students gave short presentations about their projects, while the director of UiO: Life Sciences, Carl Henrik Gørbitz, spoke about the initiative with the summer project.
The event ended with a prize ceremony for the best poster in two categories. Marianna Khodabandehlou and Sine Dagsdatter Hagestad who had their project at the Natural History Museum received most votes and won the prize for best popular science poster. A jury consisting of UiO:Life Science' own PhDs and postdocs evaluated the posters on the basis of academic quality. Lisa Brynjulfsen, who had her summer project at Oslo University Hospital, was awarded the prize for best academic poster.
Provides experience across faculty and study programmes
The initiative with a summer project for life science students was implemented for the first time in 2018. In 2021, two out of three students had a project at a faculty or institution other than the one where they have their study affiliation. Even more have had projects in a field other than their study programme.
A new announcement will be made around the turn of the year
The initiative with the summer project is planned to be continued in 2021. Information about the next announcement will be posted at the end of December or the beginning of January. Read more about the application process in 2021.
About the life science summer research projects
One of the tasks of UiO:Life Science is to recruit, educate and develop talented students. The summer research project for students is part of this work.
The aim of the summer research projects is to provide the students with practical experience of real research that addresses a social challenge within health or environment. It is also desirable that the projects provide the students with insight into interdisciplinary research.
More to read:
- In June UiO:Life Science went to the BabyLing Lab to interview the psychology student Maia Bangsund who had her summer project at BABYLEARN, which aims to identify the role of infant-directed-speech in early language development.
- Last summer, UiO:Life Science interviewed dental student Nuria Pereira Banzon, who had her summer project at Ahus where she experimented with microscopic roundworms with the goal of finding a treatment for Alheimer's disease.
- In the spring of 2019, UiO:Life Science visited psychology student Emma Eriksson at the Pain Clinic, Department of Pain Management, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål. She got to test a new, innovative treatment on Norwegian patients who have long-term widespread pain.
- In 2018, we visited biology student Marius F. Maurstad at the Natural History Museum. He studied beetles at the molecular level to understand how climate change affects the distribution and evolution, and in the worst case, extinction, of species.