Holly Evans

Holly Evans completed her Nuffield Research Placement in 2005 in the Haematology Research Department of the University Hospital of Wales. She completed a BSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of Sussex, and is now studying for a degree in Medicine at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Holly Evans

What was your project about?

Developing new therapies for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

What was the highlight/best bit of your placement?

Becoming more skilled in lab work. I felt like I’d improved in these skills everyday, and that even though I was a tiny cog in a massive research machine, like my work was contributing to something.

What was your least favourite part of the placement?

The realisation that a lot of science means repeating experiments time after time, and also a LOT of writing up.

What path did you take after finishing your NRP and how has that led you to where you are today?

I went into a Biosciences degree at Sussex – my experience in my NRP meant I was assigned a dissertation project in a similar area, which was great! Following that degree I went into postgraduate medicine, and am due to graduate in July

If you could give one piece of advice to Nuffield students about to start a placement what would it be?

I would go for it! I never expected to enjoy it so much, but I met some lovely people and it gave me a really good insight into what is required of a career in research. Additionally the write-up gave me great experience in how to write a proper lab report before starting university, and as a bonus I was also match-funded by the Leukaemia Research Fund, which helped in saving towards my gap year travels!

What would your advice be to young people thinking about a career in STEM?

It’s never too early to start thinking about careers, and NRPs help develop a good insight into what is really required from a career in STEM.