Why did you apply for a Nuffield Research Placement?
I applied for a Nuffield Research Placement as I knew it would provide me with relevant skills and knowledge in my area of interest. I wanted to gain as much work experience as possible, and Nuffield was a fantastic opportunity for me to do this.
What was your project about?
My project investigated mating systems and courtship behaviour in a flock of captive Chilean Flamingos. Prior to my project I knew a little bit about the species as a whole, but nothing compared to my knowledge at the end! I learnt many new things about the species that I had not known previously.
Was the work what you expected?
No...it was actually a lot more interesting and more hands-on than expected! I was able to be almost completely independent during my research and it was very rewarding.
Did you learn any new skills? Has this experience helped you with your university applications?
I learnt a lot of practical scientific skills from carrying out my research, and expanded my data analysis and report writing skills. I have also become more confident speaking to large audiences. The Nuffield Research Placement has definitely helped with my university applications; talking about this experience as well as all the new skills looks great on your personal statement.
What are your future plans?
I will be spending my summer working out in Mexico. I will be involved with turtle conservation, as well as working on a crocodile farm and carrying out biodiversity surveys. I plan to attend university in September to study Zoology with Conservation. Once I have graduated, I plan on travelling the world and doing lots of conservation work.
What advice would you give to students applying for a Nuffield Research Placement?
This is a great opportunity – so don't pass it up! Choose a project that you know you will be really enthusiastic about and you will enjoy being involved with. You will have a fantastic time, do some really interesting work and gain a lot of experience.