In February 2018 Trinity College and Jesus College co-hosted a ‘Women in Science’ day for Year-12 students to help encourage more young women to consider applying for STEM degrees. The one-day event was an opportunity for the students to further their scientific knowledge and skills, and gain a valuable insight into studying a science course at university.
“This experience has boosted my interest in science as a whole and the likelihood of applying for science courses” WiS Participant, 2018
The day was crammed full of science lectures and seminars in two of the University’s beautiful, historic colleges. Besides academic enrichment, participants had the opportunity to meet current undergraduates who shared their experiences and tips for making competitive applications. The talks and seminars, led by top female academics, covered an exciting selection of scientific topics, ranging from improving the efficiency of silicon solar cells, to computational medicine, to understanding snail poison. Highlights included a seminar on an algorithm for making a jam sandwich!
“I feel like I’m more inspired to apply to Oxford – thank you for a wonderful opportunity!” WiS Participant, 2018
There was huge interest in the event, with over 200 applications for 80 places. Priority was given to state school students from Trinity`s and Jesus College’s link regions (Oxfordshire, Lambeth and Wandsworth in London, South Wales, and the North East). However, we were delighted that some other colleges were able to arrange parallel events so that some of the applicants whom we were unable to take could benefit from a similar programme in Oxford.
“I found the day extremely useful in showing the options of courses there are at university” WiS Participant, 2018