Today I submitted my dissertation for my year abroad. This was a 5000 word project report, detailing the lab project I undertook during my time in Germany. Thankfully, I managed to generate some constructs during the year and actually had some results to discuss. It was a challenge, but it hit me how much I have actually achieved in this past year as I hit that terrifying submit button on Turnitin. So now all that’s left is to give a 5 minute presentation on my project and a reflection on my time abroad. Oh, and wait to see if I’ve passed of course!
An exciting thing for students doing a placement year or a lab project abroad is the chance to get a degree accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. This is a great opportunity as it is recognised by employers and tells them that the student has had some research experience. I feel that this makes the year in industry/ year abroad even more appealing; I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend it enough.
I’m starting my third year lab project tomorrow and I’m very excited to be getting stuck into some lab work again. Hopefully this extra year of experience will mean I can push on and really get as much as possible out of the coming months. I’ll no doubt be posting about how it’s going a fair bit, so watch out for that!