The second edition of the Summer Camp at the School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences took place between the Monday 22 July and Friday 2 August. This two-week-long research placement is sponsored by King's Health Partners' Widening Participation Committee and organised with help from In2scienceUK, a charity that aims to increase diversity in the STEM sector.
This year, 24 students attended a first common training week where they developed skills in basic scientific techniques such as pipetting, SDS-PAGE and DNA isolation, learnt about microscopy and visited the Nikon Imaging Centre.
During their second week, the students got to see first-hand what it is like to work in a laboratory or a medical clinic on a day-to-day basis by shadowing researchers and clinicians from the School.
The summer camp was led by Dr Monica Agromayor, who says: “It is a real pleasure to watch how the students gain confidence as the days go by and to help them make an informed choice about a career in science. The summer camp has also created a fantastic sense of community amongst the hosts and has been an enriching experience for everyone. I recently found out that two of our students from last year’s programme have completed their university applications successfully and got offers from King’s, so I hope to see them again very soon.”
King’s Health Partners’ Widening Participation Committee was delighted to sponsor the second annual Summer Camp hosted by the School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences. The partnership with In2scienceUK has been key to supporting King’s Health Partners’ goal of empowering students from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn more about the opportunities available to them in the STEM and healthcare sectors. It was a pleasure to welcome these students to the School and we look forward to seeing many more join King’s undergraduate degree programmes in the future.– Professor Steve Thompson, Professor of Immunology, Education & Widening Participation at King’s College and Widening Participation Lead at King’s Health Partners