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Science Student Joins Pathology Department Project

A student who wants a career in science research was awarded a bursary placement on a research project based in Northampton General Hospital’s Pathology Department.

Year 12 student Gabby Tarrant applied for the Nuffield Bursary Placement and spent four weeks in July working in the hospital department.

The project focussed on identifying a type of species of bacteria and Gabby had to produce a report on her findings.
It was an invaluable experience for Gabby, who also helps out in the Academy's science labs during her free time and is studying chemistry, biology and business studies A Level.

She said: "I heard about the bursary from teachers at CBA and I thought it would be an interesting thing to do during the holiday, instead of a normal summer job like working in a shop.
"I got to work with other students and university students so we were able to discuss with each other what we were doing."
Gabby first had to have an interview to secure her placement and then joined three other students from across the county, each one working on a different project.

Gabby, who wants to study chemistry or bio-chemistry at university, also opted to nominate the project she worked on for the Big Bang science celebration in London and she's keeping her fingers crossed it will be selected.

She said: "The attraction of science is the need to know more - that's why I want to go into research."