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Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

 

FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS / GUARDIANS and TEACHERS

Inspiring Scientists at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
is now closed for applications

A free, widening participation programme for twelve Cambridgeshire based Year 12 students (16+) at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) with funding from University of Cambridge Central Admissions’ Office Widening Participation Project Fund.

Dates:  Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th February 2022 (half term week)

           IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Applications can only be made to Inspiring Scientists at CIMR online. However, before applying, please read the information on this webpage below, and in the PDF document 'Application guidance for ISAC 2021_22 ' which can downloaded from here.
     
  • Please ensure that the form is submitted by the NEW deadline of Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 10 am.
     
  • Late submissions cannot be considered. 
     
  • Any questions about the Inspiring Scientists at CIMR can be directed to  engage@cimr.cam.ac.uk

 

Placement Summary:
Inspiring Scientists at CIMR is a four-day non-residential work experience programme. The programme starts at 10:00 and ends at 15:00 every day.
Students will experience a biomedical research environment within the University of Cambridge, learn more about how CIMR research can lead to new treatments, and obtain advice and guidance on applying to Cambridge and similar universities.

What will students taking part in Inspiring Scientists at CIMR do?

  • Spend time in the lab shadowing our researchers each day, learn about how research is carried out, and run an experiment

  • Prepare a scientific presentation on a given topic from our research strategy: molecules, mechanisms, or medicine

  • Attend three, thirty-minute, interactive seminars to help you develop scientific knowledge and skills

  • Attend guided tours and demonstrations of our core facilities, e.g., microscopy, flow cytometry, and proteomics

  • Spend an interactive day run in partnership with St Catharine’s College, Cambridge with workshops on how to apply to Cambridge and similar universities, and getting guidance on personal statements

  • Network with other placement students, admissions staff, postgraduate students, and scientists as well as attend optional mentoring slots about studying and working in research

Detailed timetable:


  • Background to the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR)

CIMR is a biomedical research Institute that is part of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. CIMR’s mission is to determine the molecular mechanisms of disease to advance human health. We focus on translation between biological research and clinical applications. The Institute has 24 research teams studying how normal biological processes inside cells can go wrong during infections, or because of rare genetic changes. By understanding these processes and the molecules involved (particularly proteins) we aim to discover better treatments for diseases and enable better outcomes for patients.

  • Background to Inspiring Scientists at CIMR

As well as carrying out world-class research, CIMR is committed to engaging with, and having research informed by public across wider society. One of our public engagement aims is to widen participation and increase social mobility.

The Inspiring Scientists at CIMR programme aims to open the world of university scientific research and inspire those in Year 12 (or equivalent) students who are curious about science and research as a future career, but who may have reduced opportunities, or for those with perceived barriers to application and entry to Cambridge and similar Universities may be more limiting than their potential and actual abilities. We are particularly interested in Cambridgeshire based students who may be interested in studying Natural Sciences or Medicine at degree.

  • Detailed eligibility criteria for Inspiring Scientists at CIMR

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 students and therefore places will be given using the following criteria and process:

 

Minimum eligibility criteria (you will need to fulfil ALL of these)

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Criterion

How information will be provided (verified)

1

Year 12 or equivalent

Applicant (School)

2

With minimum Grade 7 in GCSE Biology or equivalent qualification

Applicant (School)

3

Currently studying for at least two STEM subjects

Applicant (School)

4

An interest in biomedical research

Applicant (School)

5

Attending Cambridgeshire state schools / Colleges / 6th Forms Colleges / Academies

Applicant (School, Cambridge University Admissions Office)

 

Priority eligibility criteria (you do not need to fulfil ALL of these)

 

Criterion

How information will be provided (verified)

6

Currently or previously in local authority care (joint highest priority)

Applicant (School)

7

Eligible for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium in the prior six years (joint highest priority)

Applicant (School)

8

Currently caring for a family member or friend

Applicant

9

Applicant’s parent(s) / carers(s) did not attend university

Applicant

10

Living in POLAR4 quintiles 1/2

From applicant-provided home address and Office for Students database

11

Those who have experienced educational disruption

Applicant

 

12

Underrepresented ethnicity at University of Cambridge

Applicant

 

 

     IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Applications can only be made to Inspiring Scientists at CIMR online. However, before applying, please read the information on this webpage above, and in the PDF document 'Application guidance for ISAC 2021_22 ' which can downloaded from here.
     
  • Please ensure that the form is submitted by the NEW deadline of Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 10 am.
     
  • Late submissions cannot be considered. 
     
  • Any questions about the programme at CIMR can be directed to  engage@cimr.cam.ac.uk