Development of fluorescent, carbohydrate-based nanoparticles as glycomultivalent platforms
This project aims to build a website for school students who are making decisions about what subjects to study. This might be KS3 subjects in year 9, GCSE subjects in year 10, A-level subjects in year 12, or undergraduate degree subjects in year 13.
If you wish to contribute, your responses will form part of a database of people from all careers and walks of life, and will then be organised by the school subject most related to your work. Students can see what types of careers are available to them based on an individual subject.
This website and project is being put together by a synthetic chemist who goes by the name of Steve, and a web developer who calls herself Amelia, in their spare time, so progress might be a little slow - please bear with us! :)
For more information, see: www.streetresearch.co.uk/
When I was at school, nobody ever spoke to me about what jobs different subjects can lead to. This was especially the case in science and engineering, where a lot of jobs are in research, yet nobody ever tells you what research is! I want to change this.
The first time I ever spoke to somebody who was actually a scientist was when I was looking around universities in year 12, which was in my opinion far too late! I want to change this too.
I think it would be useful for young people to be able to talk to real scientists, engineers, and people from other careers, and find out the what they work on, and what their jobs are like. This is especially important in subjects like chemistry, where what you learn at school is very different to what you can do in research, and in school it might not seem as exciting/useful or relevant to life as it actually is!
I think a lot of people who would make great scientists choose to not study science further at school because they don’t know where it can take them.
THIS I want to change. But I need your help!
How to use the website
If you are a student, you can start by browsing the different subject at the top, and can browse through different people's profiles, which can tell you not only what they do for a living, but also which school subjects relate most to their jobs, what subjects they studied at school, and their advice to you. Coming soon, we hope to add a custom search function where you can select the combination of subjects you are thinking of studying, and it will display the profiles of people who made the same choices as you, showing you some of the paths open to you! If you have any suggestions about things missing, or things you would like to see, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, the database is a bit chemistry heavy, with mainly profiles from people at the University of Bristol. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though, as in my opinion chemistry is one of the most misunderstood subjects at school, so could do with being better understood! As we get more profiles from a wider variety of sources, other subjects will have more information to yield.
For contributors - how your 10 minutes of time can help influence and inform the decisions of thousands of students
By contributing, you are adding your own profile to the website, full of the decisions you have made, the subjects you have studied, what you do for a living, and your advice to those students who wish to get to where you are today. Your 10 minutes of time will influence the decisions that thousands of students make, help others to avoid common pitfalls / mistakes, and help others to appreciate school subjects that are perhaps commonly overlooked (or even not part of the curriculum!)
Who we would especially like to hear from
We want to hear from everyone. This website will only be as good as the database that it is built on, and a breadth of subjects will only be present if people from a variety of walks of life take the time to fill out their details.
We would especially like to hear from anyone who has an interesting job, an interesting project or area of research, or anyone who has started their own company. We would like to hear from a variety people from 'commonly considered' careers such as medicine, law, accountancy, teaching, police, fire service, etc... as well as many careers that might be similar, but commonly overlooked, such as scientific research, patent law, etc!
So basically we want to hear from everyone... This is your chance to 'represent' your subject area and career to students!
I make and functionalise small nanoparticles called carbon dots that we make by microwaving sugar in a domestic microwave for 3 minutes. I am attaching drugs to these nanomaterials so that the drugs can work better and be less toxic than they are on their own.
I manage a behaviour research laboratory, running behavioural experiments, supervising students, caring for bumble bees and ordering/maintaining stocks. I also am studying for my MSci by Research in nanotechnology and genetic modification, which involves planning, preparing for and conducting my own research, collaborating with different groups, giving talks and writing papers.
Research, Teaching and mentoring of both Undergraduate and Post-graduate students
I am researching ways of doing the reactions Nature has evolved to do in living organisms, in a test tube instead. This will allow us to better understand the role carbohydrates play in biology, and then we can use this knowledge to create new medicines and treatments.
I study how atmospheric particles and light interact, with an aim to determine the climate impacts.
Measure greenhouse gas concentrations at monitoring sites around the UK and look at the sources and changes in the fluxes of these gases. I have also set up gas monitoring sites in the Antarctic in a previous job.
I work on various research projects relating to computational enzymology. Supervise project students, graduate students as well as some small group teaching.
Data analysis, writing, property owner, editing
Manager of research lab, responsible for maintenance and operation of over £2Million of equipment. I organise the analytical support needed for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded projects from institutions all over the UK and NI. Projects are from many other disciplines including Archaeology, Earth sciences, Geography and Life Sciences, which makes the work varied and interesting. I also manage a budget of up to £100K and supervise and train junior technicians.