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Angharad Green, Research, Awards and Partnerships Manager of the Healthcare Infection Society, expressed enthusiasm about the potential impact of the grant, stating - “Through this scheme, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to learn more about the research world and enhance their professional development and understanding of IPC. From my experience as an academic researcher, supporting undergraduate students in the lab boosts their confidence and offers wonderful opportunities to foster their enthusiasm for a future in research. In addition to introducing students to IPC research, this scheme will also demonstrate how preliminary findings from laboratory-based work can influence translational research for the prevention of HCAIs in clinical settings. In order to provide postdoctoral researchers and fellows with supervisory experience and the chance to further their professional development in their research careers, we are offering them the opportunity to serve as the lead PI on these projects under the right mentorship."
Key objectives of the grant include:
Up to £500 is available for consumables for the research project and the student will be paid a weekly stipend. After successful completion of the project, the student will be given HIS associate trainee membership for one year. They will also have the opportunity to attend and present their work at the annual Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) conference with costs of the registration fee and expenses covered by HIS.
Applications are now open and will close on 15 February at 11.59 pm. Postdoctoral researchers and fellows are also encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity to contribute to the critical field of infection prevention and control, making a positive impact on the quality of healthcare delivery and advance their own career path.