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Cambridge Institute for Medical Research


We had a great time last week welcoming a group of sixth form students to CIMR and MBU. The students came from schools in and around Cambridgeshire and gave up their half term holiday to spend the week with us on the Inspiring Scientists at CIMR/MBU (ISAC/M) programme. This widening participation scheme is designed for students who are curious about science and research as a future career, but who may have reduced opportunities, or perceived barriers to application and entry to university, which may be more limiting than their potential and actual abilities. They gained valuable lab experience, learning lots of new techniques and completing a mini-project. The students also toured some of our central facilities including microscopy and flow cytometry, and attended seminars with researchers from both CIMR and MBU. It gave them a real flavour of life as a research scientist.


We also spent a day at St. Catharine's College, where students heard about life in college from current undergraduates, learnt more about applying to Cambridge and other universities, and presented the results of their projects to fellow students and lab supervisors. We're really proud of the progress they made over the week and are already looking forward to next year!