Skip to main content

Department of Biosciences Summer Studentships

Each year, the Department of Biosciences offers several paid undergraduate summer studentships to help students gain experience and skills in Biology. Successful applicants spend six weeks gaining valuable, hands-on research experience in their supervisor's lab. Students will receive further information about the application process sometime in the Epiphany term, with final applications due around the beginning of Easter term.


Summer Studentship Awardees

Aenea Brugman, Awardee Summer 2019, Supervisor: Dr David Doupe

Lizzie English, Awardee Summer 2019, Supervisor: Dr Paul Chazot

Catherine Whittle, Awardee Summer 2020, Supervisor: Dr Lena Riabinina

Harry Peachment, Awardee Summer 2020, Supervisor: Dr Rus Hoelzel

Callum Bennett, Awardee Summer 2020, Supervisor: Dr Wayne Dawson



"It was brilliant to have the opportunity to collaborate with other placement students as well as post-graduates – we learnt so much and had a lot of fun too.” Lizzie English

“The summer studentship provided me with the opportunity to engage with life in a professional research setting and to learn a large variety of molecular techniques. This will put me in good stead for my MBiol research project next year and beyond. The experience allowed me to gain a greater understanding of what a career in research might look like, enabling me to make more informed decisions about my own future in the Biosciences. I am very grateful to have had this experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in research!” Beth Molloy

“This placement showed me how much I like working in a laboratory, as well as learning about the theory underlying biological processes. It gave me the chance to gain invaluable practical experience and gave me excellent insight into biological research. I can definitely recommend undertaking a summer research internship, as it will complement the modules offered by Durham University, deepen your understanding in the subject, and it will be an exciting way to spend your summer.” Aenea Brugman

“Despite the pandemic, my experience undertaking the studentship this summer has been truly enriching; more than insight into mosquito neurobiology, it has given me greater proficiency in the reading and analysis of academic texts, and in the writing and presentation of findings.” Catherine Whittle