Jennifer Martin


Country of origin
 Jennifer Martin

USA

Programme

Human Molecular Genetics

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

I was a lab technician at King's College

Why did you choose Imperial College?

I chose Imperial because I knew that the faculty are among the best researchers in their field and I would be working with classmates who are filled with curiosity and passion. The course I chose fits exactly with my ideas for a masters and is engaging and stimulating. I wanted to be surrounded by a brilliant scientific community that would encourage and challenge me every day, and that's the environment I've found here at Imperial.

What do you enjoy about the course?

I am fascinated by the cutting edge genetic research I have learned about from professors who are thoughtful and inspiring.

What do you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?

The opportunity to be at the forefront of technological advances, practicing new techniques and learning from others who are leading the way in human genetics research.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan to continue my education through a PhD program with a focus on human health and disease and to become part of a research team that investigates the treatment and prevention of diseases using genetic techniques.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

Applicants should be passionate and dedicated to the subject they want to study and should be committed to the advancement of science.


Robin Schäfer


Robin SchaferCounty of origin

Germany

Programme

Masters of Public Health (Global Health)

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

BA Human Sciences at Oxford University

Why did you choose Imperial College?

Apart from its fantastic academic reputation, I choose Imperial College mainly because of the Master of Public Health course that offers a Global Health stream, which perfectly suits my interests.

What do you enjoy about the course?

The course invites lecturers from various departments of Imperial and experts from all over the world (including via skype!). This diversity in perspectives is a unique teaching approach that is particularly fruitful for a course like Global Health.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

There is basically an endless stream of interesting seminars and talks in the faculty. This allows for promoting personal interests and also for looking outside the box that is your degree.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I received an offer for a Wellcome Trust studentship to do a PhD at Imperial in the Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

I guess the most important tip is to actually apply for the scholarship - there is nothing to lose! Imperial College and the Faculty of Medicine is fantastic in many ways, as is London.


Lakshmi Regnier Cadavieco


Lakshmi Regnier CadaviecoCounty of origin

Mexico

Programme

MSc Molecular Medicine

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

Working as a volunteer at Civil Hospital in Guadalajara.

Why did you choose Imperial College?

Imperial is a leading university in my field and I found a course that covered a wide range of skills and knowledge that suited perfectly my interests and needs.

What do you enjoy about the course?

The guidance of our course director and the great variety of subjects covered in our lectures, as well as the opportunity to choose a project from a wide range of supervisors and research branches.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

The great access you get to interact with experts in almost every scientific field and the possibility to approach their research and get to know more about cutting edge technologies and top world research and development.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I would love to continue with a PhD related to epigenetics, haematology and cancer.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

Interest, love and dedication are key to success. The most important is not what do you do, but how you do it. The best results come from work inspired by a need to improve the environment and the quality of life of others in any possible way.


Madeleine Hurry


County of origin Madeleine Hurry

UK

Programme

MRes Experimental Neuroscience

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

Biological Sciences, Oxford University

Why did you choose Imperial College?

I chose Imperial because it was one of the few places that offered scholarships for master's degrees, and a generous one at that. After visiting Imperial on the Faculty of Medicine open day, I left feeling inspired and could envisage myself studying here. The enthusiasm of both students and staff for their work was clear, something that hasn't changed since starting my course.

What do you enjoy about the course?

I like the fact that we have three research rotations. Although it would be nice to devote more time to a project, it is really helpful for someone like me who hasn't quite decided which area of neuroscience to specialise in. I also enjoy the small course size. It means we are not anonymous to each other or to the course co-ordinators, which makes for a friendly experience!

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

I appreciate the collaborative nature of both the faculty and the college. I feel like I am in control over which direction I can take my work in. We have the opportunity to do projects in such a wide variety of topics within neuroscience, it's hard to decide which three to pick!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan to apply for a PhD and will almost certainly apply to Imperial. My current plan is to take a year out before starting a PhD, in order to travel, volunteer, work and try something different. I believe research isn't just about climbing up the academic ladder - broadening your horizons and gaining some perspective will ultimately make your research more fulfilling, and make you a better scientist!

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

If you can, come to an open day or arrange a visit to the college so you can get a feel for what it's like and learn more about the research going on here. My advice for the interview is to be prepared to talk about research in detail, whether it's your work, research at Imperial or just something you find interesting. Applying some critical thought to a current paper and being able to talk intelligently about it will serve you well in the interview, and in life!


Patrick Couret


Patrick CouretCounty of origin

Mexico

Programme

Paediatrics and Child Health

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

Paediatrics and Surgery 

Why did you choose Imperial College?

I chose Imperial College as it offers world-renowned education and course programmes, and it happens to be located in one of the greatest and most diverse cities in the world.

What do you enjoy about the course?

I enjoy the teaching, as it is very interactive and how the course offers a great educational platform to work with other students and the lecturers themselves.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

I love Imperial's academic life and social life. Imperial has so much things to offer for personal and professional growth. Not only Imperial offers great lectures, conferences and laboratories for academic work and development, but also great venues for social interaction. It is the combination of this, I believe that leads to great ideas, projects and graduates. I am proud to be Imperial.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Pursue further postgraduate education and work, in the shape of clinical Paediatrics, research in Paediatrics or both.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

When starting and working in your application be truthful to yourselves and have faith in yourselves. Have a checklist at hand or make one. If you believe you have what it takes to compete for the scholarship and have worked hard and intelligently throughout your career, there is no doubt you will be shortlisted, so just add a spark of cleverness and of what makes you special for your course in your interview. Good luck.


Viktoriya Nikolova


County of origin Viktoriya Nikolova

Bulgaria

Programme

MRes Experimental Neuroscience

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

BSc Psychology

Why did you choose Imperial College?

I chose Imperial College because of the cutting-edge research conducted in the Division of Brain Sciences.

What do you enjoy about the course?

The freedom to choose your own projects. This way you can mold the course to your personal needs and interests. As a person coming from a BSc Psychology background, I had no wet lab experience. But now, during my second rotation, I will have the opportunity to learn a number of valuable techniques.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

There are amazing facilities available ranging from wet labs to the new imaging centre.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

Do not just list relevant experience and qualities. Make sure to convey how and why they make you the perfect candidate.


Emily Barnes


Emily BarnesCounty of origin

UK

Programme

MRes Cancer Biology

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

BSc Biomedical Science at Queens University Belfast

Why did you choose Imperial College?

It is a prestigious and impressive place to have been offered the opportunity to work in. It has world renowned cancer research and the opportunities on offer are second to none. I feel privileged to have been offered a scholarship to study here!

What do you enjoy about the course?

The complete integration into the laboratory environment has been great and has given me the opportunity to build on my research experience by carrying out two full-time laboratory research projects in a lab of my choice. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the other students on my course who are all just as motivated and enthusiastic as I am about cancer research.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

The numerous post graduate events and opportunities on offer is impressive. As well as this I have found that within the Faculty of Medicine there are loads of opportunities to hear about other peoples research and constant updates about guest speakers has been greatly appreciated. The postgraduate students here are treated very well and I have felt very welcomed by everyone at the College and especially within the Faculty of Medicine.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I have already been offered the opportunity to stay and complete a 4 year year PhD in cancer research within the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. I am very excited about this and look forward to beginning work in my new lab.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

Try your hardest, prepare well and make sure you completely understand the course and subject that you are applying for. Also have an idea of where you want to be in the future and understand how Imperial will help you to succeed.


Iva Filipovic


County of origin Iva Filipovic

Serbia

Programme

MSc in Immunology

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Molecular Biology with Physiology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Why did you choose Imperial College?

While completing my undergraduate degree I became fascinated with the field of immunology when confronted by the question: why is a fetus, carrying MHC molecules derived from the father, and other foreign antigens, not rejected by the mother? In order to gain better experience of the immunological aspects of pregnancy, I applied for M.Sc. in Immunology at Imperial College. This was a logical choice as Imperial’s M.Sc. in Immunology is a world renowned and well-established programme that offers an excellent foundation for a career in research. Another advantage is that the lectures and practicals are at the Hammersmith campus, which is a medical campus, so we get to experience ‘bench-to-bedside’ approach to science and medicine, through lectures from clinicians, in addition to basic scientists.

What do you enjoy about the course?

Course is ideally organised: 2 weeks of lectures and lab practicals, followed by 1 week of self-directed studying through 3rd week tasks, such as research poster design, which teaches you transferable skills useful in any stage of your career.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

All the lecturers and lab managers are extremely helpful – they are always there for you, no matter whether you need their help in the lecture, or afterwards during your home study. They quickly respond to your emails and support you continuously as they want to see you succeed. Facilities at the Hammersmith campus are amazing. We have a postgraduate common room, where all postgraduate students can relax, have lunch, socialise, or work on group projects for the course. Fresh coffee at the Ex Libris café also deserves appraisal and helps you get through a full day of lectures.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I have been awarded a graduate studentship at the University of Cambridge, so in October this year I am starting a PhD project in the field of reproductive immunology. My M.Sc. project at Imperial College is providing me with the best training for this PhD project as the lab I will join in Cambridge is collaborating with my host lab at Imperial – therefore I am hoping to maintain the collaboration between my current and future University.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

Definitely apply! Immunology is such an exciting field! However, be prepared to study hard and make the most of all the opportunities you are given by the lecturers during your course.


Mei Ran Abellona


County of origin Mei Ran Abellona

Hong Kong

Programme

MRes in Biomedical research (Microbiome in health and disease stream)

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

BSc Biology at Imperial

Why did you choose Imperial College?

During my undergraduate studies, I benefited hugely from being educated by world leading researchers here at Imperial. This led to my decision to continue my education here.

What do you enjoy about the course?

The MRes in Biomedical research course that I am currently doing is very well organised. The organisers pay a lot of attention not only on the research experience that we gain from the rotations, but also on preparing us to become future independent researchers. The lecture series offered in parallel to the research projects provides essential background knowledge in the field of interest as well as how science research work in general. This insiders' guide is helpful for anyone who would like to pursue a career in academic research. Moreover, the course organisers take students' welfare seriously, ensuring that we get the most from the student life at Imperial and are open to feedback should there be any issues or concerns.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

The strong community of researchers here at Imperial offers the advantage for interdisciplinary collaboration. In my previous project, I was fortunate that I was supervised by three leading researchers of different fields of expertise. Also, the friendly environment in the department means that I could seek for help with particular research problems that I face from people experienced in the area. I benefited hugely from this powerful research environment.

The Faculty organises seminars and events that offer inspiring talks and opportunities to network.

Finally, Imperial is a vibrant international community and offers a myriad of extra-curricular activities for students. I enjoy meeting people from all corners of the world and trying out different activities.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I am considering to stay with the department to pursue a PhD degree. In the long term, I wish to carry out research in translational medicine. 

Do you have any tips for future programme and scholarship applicants?

Stay up-to-date with what's going in your field of interest and in medical/science research in general. Be prepared to work hard, and the reward and opportunity offered here at Imperial would be beyond imagination!


Auste Kanapeckaite


Auste KanapeckaiteCounty of origin

Lithuania

Programme

MSc Molecular Medicine

What were you doing before coming to Imperial?

Doing double BSc in Vilnius University

Why did you choose Imperial College?

Imperial College London provides not only excellent learning opportunities, but also friendly and supportive environment. Most importantly, it is a world leading research organisation that allows you to work and study alongside the best researchers in their field.

What do you enjoy about the course?

I really love that my chosen course has a perfect combination of taught and research elements. Also, it is very interactive and gives you every opportunity to learn and improve your skills. Overall, everyone is really friendly, helpful and supportive which creates wonderful environment for studying.

What do you appreciate most about the Faculty/College?

Everyone is really supportive in the Faculty and should you choose to study something in depth, you can be guaranteed that you will be given all the assistance and advice that you need. Also, you can learn the latest methods and/or techniques in your field which is absolutely wonderful for any student.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

At the moment I have a lot of options what to do next and currently I have not made a decision.

Do you have any tips for future course and scholarship applicants?

I think that everyone should study what they like and what brings them joy. The courses one chooses can bring so many different opportunities here at Imperial, that studying here is truly wonderful and unforgettable experience.