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IoPPN Youth Awards

Apply for the IoPPN Youth Awards

The IoPPN Youth Awards allow young people (aged 15-18) from schools in the local area to have direct experience of research at the IoPPN.

Launched in 2013, these awards aim to encourage young people to remain in science and maths education and go on to study these subjects at university. The awards cover a number of science-based subjects including genetics, economics, psychology, health, neuroimaging and computer science.

These awards are an excellent and exciting opportunity to gain practical experience and make valuable contacts. Each award involves attending a placement at the relevant university department to learn about each subject. 

The awards include a £50 book token and certificate of attendance. They are a great addition to a CV and/or UCAS application, and they provide a real opportunity to experience a university environment first-hand, while developing skills to understand, evaluate and communicate research.

Any student aged 15-18 attending a school within 5 miles of the IoPPN (SE5 8AF) who is studying GCSEs, A levels or equivalent qualifications in subjects relevant to an award is eligible to apply.

47 students received an award in 2021. The awards were hosted online via a series of evening workshops in June. Click here to see feedback from the 2021 award winners. Follow @IoPPNYouthAward on twitter to stay up to date with events and opportunities.

*** APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2022 AWARDS LISTED BELOW ***

Deadline to apply is Monday 28th February 2022
We will notify all applicants of the outcomes by Friday 15th April 2022

Applicants are invited to apply for one or more of the following awards, in line with their specific interests. Applicants can only be selected for one award.

1. Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry

This award will provide insight into the wide ranging expertise within our department, including: psychiatry, developmental and social psychology, psychopathology, personality and cognitive traits, statistical genetics, epigenetics, molecular genetics, behavioural genetics, and neuroimaging. You will have tours of our cutting-edge research laboratories, test out EEG experiments, and learn how to administer clinical interviews and assessments. You will hear from a variety of researchers and academics at different career levels and disciplines, and have the chance to conduct your own project. If you have any questions about this award you can contact: hayley.denyer@kcl.ac.uk

To apply for this award online you can do one of the following:

a) Apply online following this link: https://kclbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8eUWv0Y7nauk778

b) Download this form and return it via email to: hayley.denyer@kcl.ac.uk, or via post to:
Hayley Denyer (Youth Awards)
TEDS, C2.10 SGDP Centre
Kings College London
16 De Crespigny Park
London, SE5 8AF

2. Neuroimaging

Neuroimaging is the research and clinical field that enables us to study the anatomy, chemistry and function of the live brain. Neuroimaging is really multidisciplinary, involving all professions from doctors and nurses, to engineers and physicists. Through this award, you will briefly join our department and become familiar with the work we do, both in research and in patients, and discover the techniques and equipment we have to image the brain at King’s College London. If you have any questions about this award you can contact: vincent.giampietro@kcl.ac.uk

To apply for this award online you can do one of the following:

a) Apply online following this link: https://kclbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmQIOb2XC8fLVUG

b) Download this form and return it via email to vincent.giampietro@kcl.ac.uk, or via post to:
Vincent Giampietro
Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences (PO89)
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
London, SE5 8AF

3. Biomedical Research Centre

3.1. Chemistry, Biology and Psychological Health

3.2. Health Inequalities: Sociology, Psychology and Health

3.3. Maths, Computer Science and Health

The Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) provides interdisciplinary skills in public health, primary care, epidemiology, statistics, health economics and social sciences for research and training. The BRC offers three awards (listed above), and you can indicate which topic you are most interested in within your application form. All awards have a specific focus on social problems and psychological health. Previous winners have gone onto take part in wider research and engagement activities offered by our department. If you have any questions about these awards you can contact: cerisse.gunasinghe@kcl.ac.uk

To apply for one of these awards online you can do one of the following:

a) Apply online following this link: https://kclbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82HUg9NImCxmIu2

b) Download this form and return it via email to  cerisse.gunasinghe@kcl.ac.uk, or via post to:
Cerisse Gunasinghe
Department of Psychological Medicine PO84
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
DeCrespigny Park
London, SE5 8AF

4. Psychology

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. We research mental health disorders and physical health problems, and much of our past work has informed national psychological and physical health guidelines. If you have any questions about this award you can contact: ayla.pollmann@kcl.ac.uk

To apply for this award online you can do one of the following:

a) Apply online following this link: https://kclbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_39jGE5YRhsQifsy

b) Download this form and return it via email to ayla.pollmann@kcl.ac.uk, or via post to:
Ayla Pollmann
M.02 Addison House
Psychology Department
Guy’s Campus
London, SE1 1UL

5. Biostatistics and Health Informatics

The department has been a major force in the development of quantitative methodology as applied to mental health research, with significant national and international collaborations, and with growing impact into all areas of medicine, particularly through expertise in trials and software development. The exciting award will involve real hands-on programming (using R or Python) to create visualisations of hospital data to help doctors understand a patient's condition. If you have any questions about this award you can contact: zina.ibrahim@kcl.ac.uk

To apply for this award online you can do one of the following:

a) Apply online following this link: https://kclbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81utpIXOj9LdPO6

b) Download this form and return it via email to zina.ibrahim@kcl.ac.uk, or via post to:
Zina Ibrahim
PO.80 SGDP Centre
Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
De Crespigny Park
London, SE5 8AF

6. Women’s mental health research and policy (Health Service and Population Research Department)

This award will be hosted by researchers in The Section of Women’s Mental Health (SWMH). We carry out global research into the gendered determinants of mental health problems and the needs of women with mental health problems. You will have the chance to explore our research on mental health services and policy, with a primary focus on women’s mental health. If you have any questions about this award you can contact: katherine.saunders@kcl.ac.uk

To apply for this award online you can do one of the following:

a) Apply online following this link: https://kclbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wwwZirB3ckcpkW

b) Download this form and return it via email to katherine.saunders@kcl.ac.uk, or via post to:
Katherine Saunders
David Goldberg Building
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
London, SE8 5AF

 


 
Organisers: Yasmin Ahmadzadeh <yasmin.ahmadzadeh@kcl.ac.uk> , Isabella Badini <isabella.badini@kcl.ac.uk>, Victoria Milner <victoria.milner@kcl.ac.uk>, Celestine Lockhart <celestine.lockhart@kcl.ac.uk>

 

General enquiries

Dr Juliet Foster, IoPPN Dean of Education

Deadline to apply is Monday, 28th February

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