Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Graduate furthers research via internship scheme

UCLan's Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) gives students the chance to work with the University's academics on projects which have real research outputs.

Lauren Haworth applied for an internship after graduating from our Sports Therapy programme, with a view to confirming whether she wanted to continue into postgraduate study.

URIS, in conjunction with the UCLan Idea Investment Voucher, Optifit Bra Company and the Unite with Business scheme, provided Lauren with an opportunity to conduct research into the effect of breast support garments on back pain.

Working with Dr Ambreen Chohan, Dr Jessie Janssen and Professor James Selfe, Lauren fully immersed herself in the research process.

Dr Chohan commented: "Lauren has been involved in recruitment, data collection, following up patients, data analysis, literature-searching and liaising with project partners to facilitate the whole process which explores the effect of a new innovative bra design.

"She has subsequently registered for a self-funded MPhil, in order to further the work at the same time as gaining a research degree."

Lauren recently had an abstract accepted for presentation at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research in Winchester and has co-authored an abstract that has been accepted for presentation at the 25th International Society for Biomechanics congress in Glasgow.

She said: "I loved the initial ten week URIS internship and realised that research was something I was passionate about. I managed to secure a second internship through Unite and continued gaining experience whilst planning where my postgraduate research would take me.

"However, I didn't want to let all the skills I'd learnt through my degree go to waste, and managed to secure a position as a Sports Therapist at Fleetwood RUFC soon after graduating. Having the ability to carry out work I enjoy and continue my research degree has been great."

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