The aim of the summer Scholarship scheme is to encourage high calibre optometry undergraduate students in the UK to consider a career in research or academia by sponsoring a short period of experience in an active research laboratory. Students are assigned to a project working under the direct supervision of a postdoctoral (or more senior) Supervisor and should receive an introduction to research at postgraduate level.
Applicants must be undergraduates on a UK optometry degree course, preferably in the penultimate year of their course, and be expected to achieve a first or upper second class honours degree.
The College offers up to four Awards for research projects at institutions within the UK. Scholarships are for eight weeks. The value of Summer Scholarships in 2013 is £2,000. The Scholarship is for the maintenance of the student and no contribution is made to the direct expenses of the project.
Applications for 2013 Scholarships are now closed. Information on the next round of awards will be available in early 2014.
For general information about the Summer Scholarship please contact the Research Team:
Phone: 020 7766 4346
On 18 May 2012, the College Research Committee accepted the following Summer Scholarships:
Dr Penny D'Ath (City University) - to analyse the causes and prevelance of preventable visual impairment in homeless population in North London
Dr Leon Davies (Aston University) – Assessing the impact of rebound tonometry probe deviation on intraocular pressure measurements in healthy human eyes
Dr Uma Shahani (Glasgow Caledonain University) – The use of Multichannel Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and EEG systems to detect neurovascular coupling in the brain
Dr Niall Strang (Glasgow Caledonain University) – Internal Noise in Dementia