For me, undertaking an On-Campus Internship in research (formerly known as CUROP) was an exciting opportunity that allowed me to become involved in important, interesting and relevant research that complemented my studies.
I had the chance to work on the critically endangered Madagascan tortoise species, the Madagascan Ploughshare. I succeeded in producing genetic data that will contribute to creating a captive breeding programme, a genetic database for means of identifying illegally trafficked individuals. The data I have produced will help enable the future protection of the species.
As a genetics student, my undergraduate course covered a wide range of topics, which this summer placement allowed me to develop. I was able to gain valuable laboratory and bioinformatic experience, expand my knowledge in conservation genetics, and develop independence in a research environment. This development of my practical research skills, along with furthering some core bioinformatics principles really let me be far more prepared for my third-year modules, particularly the dissertation project.
Aside from the hands-on research experience, being present in a working environment presents the opportunity to develop contacts with academics and postgraduate students, as well as gain an understanding of a career path after university. The skills I developed, and relationships formed during my research placement have remained highly relevant and contributed greatly towards continuing at Cardiff University, now becoming a PhD student.
By Luke Davies
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Our Research and Learning and Teaching On-Campus Internships open for applications in spring 2021.
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