The Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship Fund
Department of Biology
University of York
A Fund has been set up in the memory of Radhika V Sreedhar, a PhD student in the Sweeney Lab of the Biology Department of the University of York, who suddenly died on 1st November 2011 at the young age of 28.
Radhika was a vivacious, vibrant and a promising scientist who had made an excellent start in her chosen field of neuroscience. Her early work showed great promise and she had wished to continue a career in science and contribute to society.
In the other facets of her life, she was a lovely human being and showed abundant care and goodwill to her colleagues and friends. She was a valued member of the lab, helpful in attitude and welcoming to new members and is greatly missed. She herself strongly supported philanthropy and contributed to many humanitarian causes.
The main purpose of the Fund will be to support Biology research students who are showing a strong academic performance. The Funds will be made available to eligible MSc by Research & PhD scholars, who can demonstrate a strong case. PhD students may apply from their second year onwards. These emerging academics will benefit from the immediate funding to help them complete and carry on successful careers as a result of support from the Radhika Fund.
The scholarship fund is to assist self-funded research students, with a particular focus on overseas students, who need extra support at the end of their degree; especially in their final stages. Grants of £500 and £1000 will be awarded.
The Fund is administered by the Department of Biology: a panel led by the Chair of Graduate Studies and Dr Sean Sweeney will consider applications every six months.
1. Self-funded PhD students:
2. Self-funded Masters by Research students:
Students should submit a copy of their CV as well as a letter stating their financial case. Students should include letters of support from their supervisor and a member of their TAP.
All applicants must demonstrate that they are in excellent academic standing and have met all the programme requirements to date to a high standard, e.g. assessments, supervisory reports and TAP meetings etc on time.
Leda Liyue Cai 2016
I feel deeply honoured and privileged to be the recipient of the Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship. The award is an acknowledgment of my work as a researcher and a motivation to continue achieving high academic standards. The scholarship was awarded to me at a critical point of my research when I was worried that my funds will run out and I would be unable to continue. This will allow me now to focus fully on my research without worrying about financial constraints.
Zakuan Shamsul Harumain 2016
First and foremost, I would humbly like to thank the Radhika V. Sreedhar family for their generosity and kindness on giving us an opportunity to get some financial support for our studies. As one of the luckiest recipient, I am truly honoured, blessed and feeling thankful for having this award especially when my scholarship is longer sponsoring me at the final part of my study period.
By having this award, it gave me an opportunity to fully concentrate on my PhD work.
Thank you! Terima kasih!
Xiang Li 2015
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship.
As a 3rd year PhD student, time is the most valuable thing in my studies. I am currently doing some part time jobs to cover my daily expenses. Great thanks to this scholarship, some of my time will be freed from those jobs, and will be devoted into my research to have a better academic achievement.
I would also like to thank the whole department of biology for all the generous support.
Adama Cole 2015
I feel deeply pleased, fortunate and grateful to be a beneficiary of the Radhika V. Sreedhar Memorial Scholarship Fund. When I first arrived in UK, I did not have much cash with me as the processing of my stipend was delayed by my funding body for about two months. This caused me a lot of anxiety and mental stress as I was worried about how I would start my PhD program with very limited funds. However, when I met with the administrative staff of the Biology department and informed about the Radhika V. Sreedhar Memorial Scholarship Fund, this was welcome news. This award of a RVS Scholarship meant that I could start my program of research study and concentrate on my work without worrying about financial constraints.
In conclusion, I am deeply appreciative and grateful to both the Biology department and the benefactors that have established the RVS fund. It has had a major impact on my personal circumstances and career as a PhD student at the University of York.
Ming Yang 2014
Statement of Gratitude
It is my great privilege to receive the Radhika V Sreedhar Scholarship. The award is not only an acknowledgement of my competency as a research student but also a strong motivation for me to achieve higher academic standards in the following 18 months of my PhD study.
Coincidentally, I was awarded the Scholarship soon after I received the invitation to the 31st Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology Workshop in Plymouth this September, which is a prestigious and intensive training course for electrophysiologists around the world with high entry standards. I am most grateful for the fund since it will help me to cover the fees of the Workshop.
Again, I would express my thankfulness to the Department for the generous support that I have received. The award will be a great asset in my future academic career.
Izhar Ahmad 2014
I am privileged and honoured to have help through the Radhika V Sreedhar scholarship at a critical stage of my PhD.
I was struggling with my funding at final stages of my PhD because of the stoppage of stipend from my funding body and was desperately looking for support. I would say this is an on time and much needed gift for me from the department. Now I can wholeheartedly concentrate on writing my thesis and papers and submission of my thesis before the final deadline.
Again I would say a big thanks to the department of biology for helping me in the completion of my studies.
Nitin Kumar 2013
It’s been an honor to be the first recipient of a Radhika V Sreedhar scholarship.
This scholarship motivated me to focus on my studies during the last phase of my PhD studies and this helped me complete my degree well before my final deadline. While studying, my abstract was chosen for an oral presentation at the spring conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Warwick. I have recently joined the Sanger Institute as a postdoc in bioinformatics.
I would like to thank you for your generosity and your confidence in me that has helped me in achieving my goals.
Masters Scholarship Awards 2015
I am really surprised about being one of the successful candidates for The Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship. Actually it is my first time to receive such a meaningful scholarship in UK.
This scholarship not only provides financial support for me, but also confirms my studies here. I am particular interested in cancer research. Actually, I will join in prostate cancer research unit in The University of York biology department. Further, I am also applying PhD project regarding breast cancer study here. As a self-funded study, it is really a heavy financial burden for me. Even though, I will devote myself into the oncology study and pursue scientific findings.
Again, I appreciate the generosity of Department offering me this scholarship. It is the first treasure in my academic career and will inspire me reaching more success.
I would like to express my gratitude for receiving the Radhika V. Sreedhar Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Due to the intense nature of my Masters course, I have not been able to secure a part-time job so far. This fund will help me to fully concentrate on my studies and successfully finish my degree in Ecology and Environmental Management. It will also help with funding towards my summer research placement, which I have to undertake as a part of my course. I hope that this placement will broaden my skills and make me a better candidate for my future job.
I really appreciate the generosity of the Radhika V. Sreedhar Memorial Scholarship Fund and I will very happily acknowledge this fund in any work that may eventuate from my degree.
Masters Scholarship Awards 2014
I encourage everyone to consider making a donation to the Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship Fund to help students with ability and enthusiasm to move up the, often incredibly financially taxing, ladder towards successful scientific careers.
Eduardo Gómez Castañeda
I really appreciate the generosity and the care that the Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship represents. Move to another country always has it difficulties and in a year in which my family was in a difficult situation this funding has renew my illusion and represents a very important help to pay my maintenance the remaining time of my master program, allowing me to concentrate in my research and education.
I am focusing my career in haematology. I am performing the second project of my master in the LUMC (Netherlands) and I will start after this program a PhD in Glasgow (Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre).
I acknowledge the confidence placed in me and I will do my bests to be worthy of this scholarship. Thank you very much. We will never forget this help.
I am very pleasure and excited to get this scholarship. It is like an award to confirm my efforts and give me more confidence for my future study.
During my external placement, it will not only help me save time, concentrate on my project and also encourage me to go to more seminars and exchange my ideas with others. This scholarship will help me get a better result of my project and hopefully I will publish a paper in the end.
I have to say thank you because this scholarship gives me confidence which let me believe that all the problems I am facing to now will be solved in the end.
I was thrilled to learn about my selection for this scholarship and would like to express my sincere gratitude to the panel for bestowing this honour upon me. It has served as a great source of motivation and support to help me complete the rest of my studies successfully.
I am extremely pleased to have been awarded a grant by the Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship means a great deal to me, as it gives me the financial help I need to be able to complete the MSc course in Bioscience Technology. As part of the course I am at present undertaking a placement at the Food and Environment Research Agency in York, where I am gaining the experience and the skills I need for the change of career that motivated me to join the Master. I am hopeful that this will lead to a career in the field of environmental biotechnologies, and I am very grateful to the Radhika V. Sreedhar Scholarship Fund panel for their generosity and trust and for allowing me to follow my passions and achieving my career goals.
A student receiving an award from the RVS scholarship fund will be required to acknowledge this support on the publications and posters that come from the student’s PhD or Masters work. It should also be acknowledged in the student’s thesis. The award will be publicised on the University of York graduate webpages and a photograph of the students will be requested.