Summer School for Undergraduates

The BES Summer School is aimed at undergraduates who are either in their 1st or 2nd year at a UK or Irish University and is a chance to spend a full week immersed in ecology, ecological research and the wider community.

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The 3rd BES Summer School took place on 17th-21st July 2017.  Dalefort Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire

We took 49 students from 37 universities away for a full, we mean very full, week of ecological science, careers and field experiences.

Joining us were 10 A-level students from In2Science, many of whom had never experienced fieldwork before.

And 6 PhD mentors helped out with teaching, support and organisaton

 

The 2017 Summer School in images

Our students perspectives:

The variety of the whole week was the highlight for me. Excellent lecturers were invited who radiated enthusiasm, and the mentors and BES Staff were just amazing. It could be 6am or 11pm, they were so lovely with all of us 24/7. Everything was covered, CV, research, careers, statistics. The policy session was incredibly useful as on my programme we never touched it and finally I understand the way it works and how I might even be able to influence it in the future. It was all about absorbing everything for me, everyone gave us useful hints, tips and insights. The mammal ecology and bat ecology were just superb, I never studied entomology before and I loved how even complex gadgets were introduced to us and the CIEEM sessions were full of great practical examples. The fellow students were a great surprise for me too, as I don’t often bump into folks at uni who I could have a great scientific discussion with, and I made many friends here – and finally fully understood the importance and usefulness of Twitter.

Undergraduates Megan Dalton and Eddie Font Friede provide their feedback

In2Science students Emma McIntyre and Mina Sturr discuss their experience

SAVE THE DATE!!!

In 2018 we are hoping to run two schools.  A dedicated A-level Summer School will run 9-13th July at Margham park in Wales and 16-20th July in at Malham tarn.  Applications for mentors and students will open early in the new year.