Cassie Sims

STUDENT LIFE AT ROTHAMSTED

CASSIE SIMS

“As well as formal support (mentoring, supervision and training), the community of students at Rothamsted is so varied, you will never have trouble seeking support from your peers. As well as this, you are surrounded by world-class scientists and technicians, who have an array of skills, and are always willing to help.”

STUDENTSHIP SUMMARY

LOCATION:

Rothamsted Research - Harpenden

WORKING TITLE OF PHD RESEARCH:

‘Elucidation of Insect Olfaction in the Pea Aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum’

AREA OF RESEARCH:

Chemical Ecology

YEAR OF STUDY:

1st

STUDY PROGRAMME:

BBSRC Nottingham Doctoral Training Partnership

UNIVERISITY:

University of Nottingham

FUNDER(S):

BBSRC

INTERNAL SUPERVISOR(S):

Dr Michael Birkett; Dr Jing-Jiang Zhou

EXTERNAL SUPERVISOR(S):

Professor Robert Stockman; Professor Neil Oldham – University of Nottingham

CASSIE'S STORY

I applied to do a PhD at Rothamsted because I loved the project, and I knew that working here would be a different experience from being at a university. I also really wanted to work in a multi-disciplinary environment that was at the forefront of agricultural research. Rothamsted offered this opportunity exactly, and I was very happy to be offered the studentship!

I am researching insect olfaction, or how insects “smell”, including how they discriminate between odours. This is really important, not just to further our understanding of insect communication, but in building new strategies for pest control.

Students receive a lot of support during their time here. For example, all first year students have a training programme which includes courses such as Communication Skills and Scientific Writing. There is also the opportunity to go on further internal and external training courses.

Cassie Sims - credit Rothamsted Research

As well as formal support (mentoring, supervision and training), the community of students at Rothamsted is so varied, you will never have trouble seeking support from your peers. As well as this, you are surrounded by world-class scientists and technicians, who have an array of skills, and are always willing to help.

Rothamsted is a social place, for PhD students in particular! There are sports and social clubs to join, as well as a gym and tennis courts on site. In our social club we have a bar (the “Pav”) which holds events year-round and is open on Friday nights. London is only 25 minutes away by train, so the opportunity to attend social and cultural events is endless.