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Science student in her element on summer work placement

Published on 15/09/17

A Thetford sixth former has set her sights on a career in science after spending the summer working at one of the country’s most prestigious research labs.

Gabriela Morais-Taylor, who’s in Year 13 at Thetford Academy, spent five weeks analysing stem cell research at Cambridge University’s department of genetics after gaining a place on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme, which offers A Level students paid work experience at top research institutions.

Gabriela was one of only ten students in Norfolk to win a place on this year’s scheme, after impressing organisers with her commitment and enthusiasm during the application and interview process.

Gabriela is studying chemistry, biology, and sociology A Levels, and hopes to study biomedical science at university before pursuing a research career.

She said: “I applied for the research placement because it was an amazing opportunity to experience the research environment, and work with professionals and students in the area that I’m interested in.

“The placement was a wonderful experience and confirmed that I want to study and work in scientific research.”

Dawn Muir, teacher of science at Thetford Academy, added: “There was tough competition for this scheme, so Gabriela did fantastically well to secure a place.

“I’m delighted that she enjoyed her placement and I’m sure she will continue to achieve great things in her studies.”

Gabriela and her family will be invited to a celebration event at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge on Thursday, November 2.