Year 13 student attends Nuffield Research Celebration at De Montfort University
Well done to Year 13 student Avantika Arunkumar who following a successful application for a Nuffield Research Placement (NRP) at De Montfort University (DMU), presented her research findings as part of a celebration event at DMU.
NRP’s are engaging, real-life research or development projects, where talented students are placed at the heart of a UK host organisation. Avantika spent a week during the summer holiday at DMU conducting her research under the guidance and support of her supervisor, Dr Bunmi Ibrahim from the School of Allied Health Sciences, DMU.
Avantika’s research explored whether anthocyanin extract obtained from strawberries could enhance the effect of antibiotics, demonstrated by growth inhibition of the bacterium E.coli and S.aureus. All NRP students had to produce a professional standard conference-style poster to share their research findings.
Avantika, who is studying A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths said, ‘My research placement was a great educational experience. I got a lot of hands-on experience about how new antibiotics are created and it also developed my critical thinking skills. Presenting my research findings also pushed me to take leadership of my project, and speak and present in front of an audience. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience and my aspirations are to pursue a career in medicine.’
Post 16 Co-Curriculum Co-Ordinator Mrs Hegarty said, ‘It was an excellent opportunity for Avantika to experience how a conference works and also to celebrate her research findings. The experience has enabled her to network with like-minded students from schools and colleges across the Midlands and of course, academics that share her passion for scientific research. I would advise all students with an interest in STEM-related subjects in Year 12 to consider making an application for a Nuffield Research Placement as it’s an excellent opportunity to meet new people and network and gain additional skills beyond the scope of A-Level syllabuses. It demonstrates commitment and passion for your subject area, and will certainly make an application for university, an apprenticeship or job stand out from the crowd.’