Victoria Foster completed her Nuffield Research Placement in 2010 at Green Biologics Ltd. She is currently studying Zoology at the University of Nottingham.
What was your project about?
My project was exploring the most effective method of Clostridium transformation, by electroporation or chemical means.
What was the highlight/best bit of your placement?
Getting into the lab, so all of it really! It was fantastic to be in a real lab environment for the first time and I learnt so much. I also really enjoyed using the anaerobic cabinet because it was a fun experience.
Did your Nuffield Research Placement have an effect on the choices that you made after finishing school/college/university?
After the placement, I realised that research would be something I would enjoy. I had been confused about what career to go into but being in the lab seemed so right for me. Due to this, I applied for a Zoology degree. The placement helped me have some basic molecular biology and microbiology knowledge which really helped me in my first year!
What path did you take after finishing your NRP and how has that led you to where you are today?
I applied to various universities to do Zoology, as this course also tends to include Microbiology. At this point in time, microbiology remains to be one of my favourite subjects. Although my 4th year project is electrophysiology based I still got to transform E.coli in the early molecular biology stages.
What would your advice be to young people thinking about a career in STEM?
Go for it and don’t ever think you’re not good enough! Doing a science degree was one of the best choices of my life. I had to do A-level retakes which made me feel like I wasn’t cut out for science… but now I am on the way to getting a high 2:1/1st class honors.