Project Title: Application Logfile Analysis and Reporting for the CERN Accelerator Control System
Who am I?
Hi there! I recently joined the BE-CSS (Controls Software & Services Group) section at CERN where I am doing some data analysis and reporting for the CERN Accelerator Control System under Dr. Vito Baggiolini.
I am working within the BE-CSS Communication, Processing & Archival team. This is a team of 15 software engineers who develop and operate a part of the controls system software of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the other CERN accelerators. They are responsible for numerous software systems used by accelerator physicists, accelerator operators, technicians, and equipment experts, who contribute to the successful operation of the accelerators and production of the particle beam used in the physics experiments at CERN.
Who am I?
Hi everyone, my name is Bhavini Patel and for 8 weeks this summer I worked at the Open University in Milton Keynes conducting a research project on nanomaterials for drug delivery. I’m currently about to start my third year doing Chemistry at LMH – and I’m definitely looking forward to it! Some of my personal hobbies include drawing, painting, reading and the occasional binge-watching of a Netflix series. I also love travelling and meeting new people whenever I get the chance. In this blog post, I’ll go through some of the things I got up to this summer – from what exactly I was doing (what even is a nanomaterial??) to some of the things I learnt whilst working in the lab!
P.S. please enjoy this bunch of lab BeReals – 8 weeks go faster than you’d think!
If you’re doing a science internship in a lab, you’ll often be working alongside lots of different people - here’s a guide to who some of them might be!
Labs can vary in size from small groups of 5 (or even fewer people) to around 30. The lab I’m interning in has around 20 people. When you’re choosing a lab, it’s a good idea (if you can) to see if you can speak to as many people as possible beforehand to see if the lab is the right fit for you- however, don’t worry if this isn’t possible! I didn’t get to do this, but now I’m here I really make an effort to speak to different people in the lab to find out about their career paths in science and their experiences.
Back again for the second blog post on my summer research internship at Imperial!You can find my first post here :)
Future Imagery Scale (FIS)
As usual, I’ve been “testing” participants for the self-harm component of the study that I am working on. However, on top of testing, I have also been analysing some data for the Future Imagery Scale (FIS) that is part of our investigation into the influence of mental imagery on dysregulated behaviours.
Interning is a great opportunity to travel at the weekends and explore a new place!
Travelling while interning
I’m interning at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry for 12 weeks this summer just outside of Munich, and because of the current fuel prices, the German government has introduced a “9 euro ticket” which allows anyone to travel on any local and regional trains for only 9 euros a month this summer! This makes travelling very cheap, so I’ve been trying to make the most of being in a new country with this!
Project Title: Investigating motivational biases and the effect of mental imagery manipulation in young people with dysregulated behaviour
Who am I?
Hi Everyone! This summer I'm working as a research assistant for the Mood Instability Research Group under Dr. Martina Di Simplicio. The internship is 11 weeks long and is part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at Imperial College London.
Internships are a great way to find out if a career in research is for you, but how do you find one?
Who am I?
My name is Seren and I’m one of the OxWEST scholarship recipients. I’m about to go into my 4th year of a biochemistry integrated masters at Oxford in September, and I’ve just finished the first month of a 3-month internship at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, near Munich in the Department of Totipotency. Last summer I was going to intern at a lab in Oxford’s Department of Biochemistry but it fell through due to COVID. Since I am planning on applying to do a PhD after my biochemistry degree, I was eager and determined to get some research experience this summer, to learn some techniques, and to confirm if research is something I’d like to pursue further. In this first blog post I’m going to explore some different ways to get a research internship in the first place - if you haven’t done it before it can seem quite overwhelming, but the experience is worth it!