Twelve Peter Symonds Biology students took part in the annual Authentic Biology Symposium at the Wellcome Trust head-quarters in London.
Alongside sixth formers from St Paul’s Way Trust School London, Tapton School Sheffield, Cotham School Bristol and the Simon Langton Grammar School Canterbury, the Symonds students were at the Symposium to share their individual research discoveries with leading academics and fellow students.
Supported by The Wellcome Trust, the Authentic Biology Symposium is an initiative that enables students to take part in real research, with guidance from university collaborators. The scheme aims to bridge the gap between school and university science education.
Representing Peter Symonds College, were upper sixth students Marida Ianni-Ravn, Harriet Miles, Alex Jackson, Riya James, Debora Joseph, Olivia Simpson, Katie Gowan, Amy Judge, Kim Arme, Zoe Barr, Areeba Bhuiyan and Aisha Kekere-Ekun who all produced work in collaboration with Southampton University.
Research from the Symonds students attracted interest due to the fact the College is the only participant in the scheme where students are encouraged to work on individual projects rather than group-wide investigations. Topics discussed by Symonds students included: ‘Is colour a significant element in distraction?’, ‘Does lithium affect fertility?’ and ‘The effect of stress on fruit flies.’
"Our students represented the College admirably and many academics and students from other colleges asked questions and commented on their work very positively," says Biology Teacher Dr Julian Foster. "On behalf of the department and the students I would like to thank our contacts at Southampton University. Their support has been invaluable, as too has their advice to the students on their experiments and the analysis of the results."
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