Exhibition highlights students’ summer of discovery

A JRA student from 2009, Amanda Kuepfer, carried out her research project in the apiary at the University's Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI)

A group of dedicated University of Sussex undergraduates spent their summer vacation in the library and laboratory, exploring research into subjects such as honey bees, Rudyard Kipling and the human eye.


Now their work is to go on show at a special exhibition on the University’s Falmer campus this week (Thursday 24 September).


The 31 students were selected through a competition in the spring term for undergraduates interested in pursuing postgraduate study or a career in research. The successful candidates were each awarded a Junior Research Associate (JRA) bursary of up to £2,200 to carry out exciting and original research.


The bursaries, made possible by generous alumni donations and equivalent to £225 per week, supported undergraduates while they undertook research on campus alongside world-leading academics during the summer vacation.


The students, now about to embark on their final year as undergraduates, will present their research methods and findings at a special exhibition in the University’s multimedia Creativity Zone next week (September 24).


Among the students presenting their research at the exhibition are:


  • Amanda Kuepfer, who has been working in the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI), to better understand landscapes that encourage honey bees;
  • Nick Skidmore, who has been using the unique Kipling collection at Sussex to research the impact of the Great War on the author's literature;
  • Emily Lewis, who has been investigating changes in pupil size in the human eye, to see what it reveals about human thought processes.


The aim of the JRA scheme is to encourage talented and ambitious Sussex undergraduates to consider postgraduate study at Sussex and a career in research following graduation.


This is the second year that the JRA scheme has been run and builds on the great success of last year's programme, which has already resulted in a number of JRAs contributing to research papers and applying for postgraduate study at Sussex.


Notes to Editors

The JRA exhibition will be held on Thursday 24 September, 4.30-6pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to James Bluring at jra@sussex.ac.uk


The Creativity Zone, a multimedia space that supports creative approaches to learning and teaching, is part of InQbate, a joint project between the universities of Sussex and Brighton. It was set up with the help of a £4.1 million made by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2005 to set up Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).


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Last updated: Wednesday, 23 September 2009