2nd year, 6 ECTS
At the end of their first year, as part of the course Research Proposal & Poster Presentation, each student will select a mentor for their research project. This will normally be one of the two professors who supervised them for their Laboratory Apprenticeship courses. The student and mentor may also optionally agree on a co-mentor, particularly if the proposed research project is of an interdisciplinary nature.
For the majority of the second year, each student will conduct an independent research project, under the supervision of their mentor. This will fit within the mentor’s general area of research interest and project(s), and should represent novel research. It is anticipated that at early stages of the project, the student will require a considerable amount of direct mentorship, but that over time they will become increasingly independent in their work as their skills develop. They will, nevertheless, meet with their mentor (and if appropriate, co-mentor) regularly in order to discuss their progress, data and future directions.