In2Science is an award-winning charity that inspires and supports secondary-school pupils from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds by giving them opportunities to work alongside scientists, and to receive advice and information they need to successfully apply to and progress to university and STEM careers.
The Department has hosted students via the programme in the past, providing an opportunity not only for students to gain insight into the work we do but also for departmental staff to engage with the wider community.
"In2ScienceUK is doing a great job promoting science in year 12 students from less favoured backgrounds", said Professor Victoria Bajo Lorenzana. "I have now a year 12 student that had visited the Department through the programme, Reshma Varghese, doing work experience in DPAG".
Reshma (pictured), who wants to be a scientist when she is older, is currently a pupil of Blessed George Napier Roman Catholic School, Banbury. She is from India (Kerala) and she has lived in Oxfordshire since 2014.
Her work experience project with Victoria is on optogenetics; she is learning how to quantify GFP positive cells in the ferret auditory cortex after various viral vector injections, and she is preparing an essay about optogenetics to be submitted to the Crest Award.