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YuStart a chain reaction

Posted on 1 April 2015

We’re inviting alumni and friends to join together in our anniversary year to open doors for students this summer and in the future.

In the past four years we’ve added opportunities for research internships to our undergraduate chemists, and for our 50th anniversary, we aim to increase this opportunity and make them available to all no matter what their background.

The internships typically provide up to 8 weeks experience on a focused project, in the summer period working with one of the Department’s cutting edge research teams, chosen by the student. This provides an opportunity for students to get an insight into the forefronts of modern research, as well as further developing their practical skills, and improving transferable skills, such as communication and teamwork.

YuStart a chain reaction


We urgently need to establish a sustainable source of income to support our undergraduate students in taking our summer vacation research placements, this year and beyond. Our YuStart campaign, launched on 1 April, aims to raise a minimum of £20,000 - our target is ambitious but achievable thanks to the support of alumnus Dr Anthony Wild.

Dr Anthony Wild has committed to match all your gifts pound for pound. Gifts of £500 or more will be double matched, so we can reach our target even quicker.

The great ‘chemistry’ created over the past 50 years combined with Dr Anthony Wild’s Matching Challenge provide the perfect catalyst to give Chemistry students at York more valuable experience and a competitive edge.

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For information on our undergraduate degree courses: http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/undergraduate/