Deadline looming for fantastic student research opportunity
The College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS) is offering an undergraduate research grant to two student radiographers with research potential to give them experience and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.
The awards will provide support for the students at a rate of £180 per week (£190 per week in London), for a period of between six and eight weeks. Applications must be made by a member of the teaching team who will supervise the research and the closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 1 April 2015.
Click here for more information, details of how to apply and an application form.
Last year’s recipients of the grants were Hafsa Momoniat and Curtis Parker-Milnes who carried out research projects during the last summer holidays.
Hafsa had just completed the BSc (Hons) diagnostic radiography course at the University of Salford and her project investigated the accuracy of conventional orbital x-ray images in detecting intra-ocular ferromagnetic foreign bodies (IOFB) prior to MRI scanning. Her study produced interesting results and has exposed the need for much more research in this area.
Andrew England, her supervisor at Salford University, was full of praise for the CoRIPS programme: “Funding from industry partners is so important in order to increase our body of evidence and raise the standards in the profession. There is so much change in terms of service delivery and equipment that research is crucial. We must encourage our undergraduates to undertake research and the CoRIPS awards are essential.”
Curtis Parker-Milnes was in the second year of the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology course at Sheffield Hallam University. His project investigated whether wearing virtual reality headsets can effectively distract patients during radiotherapy, thus minimising movement and altering their perception of time and comfort. The analysis was extensive and the initial results seem to indicate that virtual reality distraction doesn’t have a dramatic impact but that much more research into patient movement as a whole would be beneficial.
Both Hafsa and Curtis now get the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience, Hafsa at ECR and UKRC and Curtis at the Radiotherapy Conference.