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Young Scientists Programme

Since 2001 the School has been offering its award-winning Young Scientists Programme to students aged 14-18 from London state schools. It gives young people the opportunity to see and experience first-hand how biomedical research is conducted and aims to inspire the next generation of public and global health researchers.

What does a Young Scientist do?

Students in the Young Scientists Programme spend 1-2 weeks at the School where they are immersed into the world of health research. Working in pairs or small groups, they devise a biomedical research question and hypothesis, conduct original research and prepare a final presentation to be given at an open scientific seminar on their last day.

During their time at the School, the students engage with designated members of staff and students who mentor and supervise the students, supporting their day-to-day development as well as their research plans and methodologies.

How can schools get involved?

The London School generally works with local authorities in Camden, Westminster and Islington and schools with which it already has a relationship, organising participating students through them. We will post updates on this page if we are in a position to form new partnerships. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Engagement Coordinator at publicengagement@lshtm.ac.uk.

Please note that the Young Scientists Programme is fully subscribed for the 2016/2017 academic year and we are unable to arrange individual work experience placements at the School.

Programme history

A work experience programme at the School was first conceived by Carolyn Stephens in 2001, working with a group of students from Barking & Dagenham. Anna Goodman then took over as lead organiser in 2007 before it became centrally coordinated by the School’s Public Engagement Coordinator in 2012. The Young Scientists Programme is generously funded by Tony McClellan, a long-standing friend of the School who is currently on the Board of the American Friends.

Awards & accolades
  • Anna Goodman was awarded the Higher Education Student Volunteering Award in 2010
  • 16 year old Tabitha Manzuangani won the ‘Young Star’ category of the prestigious ‘Women of the Future’ Award in 2011 after being nominated by Andy Haines. Tabitha was part of the ‘On the Buses’ study examining the public health impacts of introducing free bus travel for young people in London
     

"The best thing was being able to do work and having fun at the same time"
- Student age 18

“It has been an amazing experience. It has helped me to work really hard and improved my confidence in presenting”
Student age 15

"There's always a great sense of surprise and achievement amongst our students at the end of the placement once they realise they've essentially created, designed and carried out their own public health projects - and defended their work in front of some pretty rigorous questioning by academics. The success and longevity of the YSP programme is testament to the fantastic support by mentors, organisers and the schools we work with - and most importantly the enthusiasm of the students themselves."
Seyi Soremekun, Academic Lead

"The students who attended work experience at the School had only positive things to say about it. They found the placement very enriching and this motivated them even more to follow medical science and research paths. This experience stimulated them to reach greater heights in their own practical investigations in science at GCSE level."
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Science teacher from a participating school

What kind of research questions do our Young Scientists ask?

Are pharmacists being used to their full potential? Does media influence body image for young people? What are people’s attitudes to human cloning?
How does computer gaming affect reaction time and memory? What do students think schools should do to encourage cycling? How much do people know about dementia?
Who is more stressed: men or women? Does skin cancer knowledge influence sunscreen use? What do you know about health eating?
Do factors effecting partner preference change with age? Does hand hygiene effect how often we get sick? Is yawning contagious?
Can chocolate improve your math skills? Does music effect concentration? Has laptop use contributed to increases in back pain?