Ziyun worked at John Rothwell’s TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) lab in Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology (IoN) (33 Queen Square). She was on the Wellcome trust Biomedical Vacation Studentship, where she observed and carried out behavioural studies to explore motor pathways within the brain and spinal cord. She was able to extend her summer project into her third-year research project for her BSc Neuroscience course, allowing her to start collecting data as early as October last year.
The John Hopkins University Laboratory for Child’s Development provides spring and summer internships for undergraduates. Summer interns will be paired up with either a post-doc or a postgraduate student mentor in their faculty. Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Feigenson and Dr. Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and adults. Other than having the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of research, interns also participate in lab meetings and reading groups.
Lilian Tu, second-year BSc Psychology and Language Sciences student, participated in an 8-week summer studentship at UCL with two fellow researchers from the Psychology and Language Sciences department. The research project aimed to investigate the effect of age-related hearing loss through Diapix tasks, and was externally funded by the charity ‘action on hearing loss’.
SLV Global is a mental health organisation launched in 2010 by a group of recently graduated Psychology students who, equipped with passion and drive, were keen to put their degrees to good use. They travelled to Sri Lanka, an environment where resources for individuals struggling with mental illness were scarce, and liaised with a local youth worker to create their Mental Health Placements. Their placements are perfect for anyone stuck in the eternal rut of “no experience, no opportunity”, giving driven and enthusiastic students, with little or no previous hands-on experience, the chance to build their skills in an exciting and new environment.
Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies hosts an annual summer internship, supervised by Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Jesse Snedeker. Undergraduates, or students within 1 year of their graduation, who have interest in research of language and/or cognitive development, are suitable to apply. Interns are paired with a graduate-level researcher, based on the intern’s interests, and work on the mentor’s research project(s). They can gain an in-depth experience in designing, conducting, and/or analyzing a study.
As the field of academia gets increasingly more competitive, it becomes harder to impress the admissions office: there are too many intelligent people out there nowadays, so good grades alone just don’t cut it anymore. This is where work experience comes in. Not only does it enable your application to stand out, but also demonstrates your maturity, responsibility, commitment and many other important qualities that make you a worthy applicant. So, work experience is pretty much a necessity for an aspiring psychologist, but you probably already know this from all the careers lectures you had to sit through during your time at UCL. So, what can postgrads advise when it comes to work experience?
Apart from the degree application, the subsequent interview process and the application to relevant funding sources and scholarships are important steps to be taken. Below are some tips and personal experience from various postgraduate students on how to prepare for an interview and secure funding will be covered.
Academic achievements are undeniably important for applying to postgraduate courses. However, with an imperfect transcript, your CV and personal statement may just be your saving grace. Here, we provide a guide on what makes a successful CV and personal statement.
As the application season is now in heat, we decided to work on a project on postgraduate applications to help our readers currently applying to courses. We interviewed six current and former UCL Masters and PhD students in Psychology-related fields about their applications process. In this project, we will cover academic CVs and personal statements, interviews and funding, as well as desirable experience and prospects after graduation. In this opening post, we will introduce our interviewees and provide a glimpse into why they chose their degree programmes.
Interviewer and Transcriber: Aleya Marzuki
Anna Hughes is a Teaching Fellow and researcher at the Faculty of Brain Sciences in UCL. Her research work primarily involves vision perception, where she employs several psychophysical techniques including eyetracking and monitoring.
Dr. Rosalind Potts is a researcher and Teaching Fellow at UCL based in Chandler House. Her area of interest is learning and memory, and her research aims to identify the conditions which make learning most effective.
Interviewer and Transcriber: Jessica Pu
Interviewer and Transcriber: Raphael Hofaecker
Dr. Frances Knight is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Education in UCL. Her current field of work involves investigating the effects of disturbed sleep on the learning and behaviour of children with ADHD.
Dr Antonia Hamilton is a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in UCL. Her research interests include applying models of motor control to action understanding and social cognition.
Interviewer: Aleya Aziz Marzuki ; Transcriber: Yulia Petrina
Interviewer: Diana Urlichich
Dr. Jill Waymire Paine is a professor of Organisational Psychology at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. She studies how leaders can strengthen follower engagement and commitment during change initiatives using targeted, deliberate, persuasive communication. Her dissertation on this topic received the Susan G. Cohen Doctoral Research Award from the USC Marshall School of Business. Aside from her publications as an active researcher, Dr. Jill published a book entitled Organization Change: A Comprehensive Reader
Interview and Editing by Yajie Xie (Guest Interviewer) and Aleya Marzuki (Bugle Team)
Dr Jeremy Skipper is an experimental psychologist studying the neurobiology of language use. Known for his burning interest in the organisation of language in the brain, as well as his quirky fashion choices, the Bugle Team decided Jeremy would be an interesting person to chat to. And we were not mistaken.