Students take part in Summer Camp
In late July, 19 students were given the chance to take part in a two-week long Summer Camp at Kings College's school of Immunology & Microbial Science. The event was sponsored by King's Health Partners' Widening Participation Committee and organised by In2Science, an award-winning charity which empowers students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
They took part in several activities which included shadowing researchers and receiving employment skills training. Students even had the opportunity to create a podcast about their experiences whilst at the Summer Camp.
The students also received a number of career talks from people who have used their science degrees in different ways to the traditional research route.
Dr Monica Agromayor - a lecturer in infectious diseases - led the Summer camp this year. This is what she had to say about the Summer School:
‘I’ve been involved with In2science since 2014 however this was the first time that a large group of students has had the opportunity to enjoy a Summer Camp at the School. We were all very impressed with the level of knowledge and commitment the students had and I personally have enjoyed speaking to them about their past education experiences, the different science degrees and careers available to them as well as the projects we currently have ongoing in the lab’
Professor Steve Thompson, Professor of Immunology, Education & Widening Participation at King’s College and Widening Participation Lead at King’s Health Partners says:
‘King’s Health Partners’ Widening Participation Committee was delighted to sponsor this inaugural Summer Camp at the School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences. The partnership with In2science 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 sector. It was a pleasure to welcome these students to the School and we look forward to building on the event’s success in the months and years ahead’.
Read more about King’s College London’s Outreach for Medicine activities.