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Research Traineeship in Biology 7.5 hp or 15 hp

The aim of the research traineeship is to gain work experience in a research group in biology or molecular biology at Stockholm University. This course offers you the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education.

Extent and eligibility
Research traineeship in biology is a basic level course, available as 7.5 ECTS credits or 15 ECTS credits. You may take both courses, but you can only count one of them towards your degree. You are not allowed to do a research traineeship in a group where you have previously done a degree project, but can do a degree project in a group where you have previously done a research traineeship.
To be eligible for a research traineeship you have to have obtained 120 ECTS in Natural Sciences, of which at least 60 ECTS is within biology.

Before starting
You apply at University Admissions. Make sure that you apply for the correct period. For traineeships to be conducted during autumn, the deadline for application is April 15, for spring October 15, and for summer March 15.
BIG does not provide traineeship positions, it is your responsibility to find a supervisor. The supervisor must be associated with Stockholm University. BIG must approve the supervisor. It is important that a student works independently during the traineeship, and thus it is not permitted for two students to carry out their traineeships at the same time at the same location.
When you are accepted for the traineeship, you should contact the traineeship coordinator Kenneth Ekvall for further information. It is important that you make contact well in advance of starting your traineeship.
Before you start you will write a work plan describing the work you will conduct during the traineeship as well as a time plan.

Examination
The traineeship is presented both as a written report and orally. The written report should be in the form of a lab journal. This means that you must set aside time every day to carefully make notes about your experiments, i.e. the actual experimental procedure, why you perform the experiment, and what conclusions you can draw from the result(s), reflecting on your work. The oral presentation takes place in the form of a seminar at BIG. The traineeship is graded as either "Pass" or "Fail".

Visiting internships (including ERASMUS+ practical)
If you are doing an internship with one of our researchers as a student from a university other than Stockholm University we recommend that you apply to take the Research Traineeship course here. By taking this course you also become a registered student at Stockholm University and can thereby take advantage of the benefits that this entails, such as discount on the travel card and access to student services. It also means that the lab receives some monetary compensation for your internship.
You can choose to take a 7.5 ECTS (4.5 weeks) or 15 ECTS (9 weeks) research traineeship, or both (13.5 weeks). To be eligible for discounts you need to take both courses.
To take the course you must apply at University Admissions. It is very important that you make sure to upload/send in all the necessary documentation (please see university admissions for requirements for application). Read more here in Swedish

 

Traineeship in Biology 7.5 hp or 15 hp

 

 

Next introductory meeting for students that plan to do their traineeship in biology during autumn 2017. (The meeting is mandatory if you are about to take the course):

Please contact Cecilia Kullberg cecilia.kullberg@zoologi.su.se if you want to attend!

You are also welcome if you are interested in taking the course later during your studies.

The course aims
The principal aim of the traineeship is that you obtain both experience in general of working life, and experience in particular of a workplace in which biological knowledge can be used. You will have the opportunity of applying in practice the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education. It is also an aim that you will find out how work with a biological aspect is organised and carried out at, for example, a company or an authority.

Extent, eligibility and application
The traineeship in biology is a course at Master/Second level, and may correspond to either 7.5 or 15 ECTS credits. You may take both courses, if you want to, but only one of them will count towards your degree, and you have to be at different workplaces at the two courses.

In order to be eligible for the course, you must have a Bachelor degree together with at least 15 ECTS credits in biology at Master/Second level.

Read the syllabii and application dates etc. for 7.5 credits and 15 credits. Make sure that you are eligible and make an application at University Admissions . You must specify in the application the period in which you want to carry out the traineeship: Periods I and II are held in the autumn, while Periods III and IV are held in the spring or during the summer. Even if you apply and are duly qualified for the course, you will be assigned as reserve, since the responsible teacher must accept your work place and work plan before you can be accepted and registered to the course.

Before starting
Before you start your traineeship you should attend an introductory meeting. These meetings are held about 2 times per semester. You must attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend the introductory meeting, you must without fail contact the teacher responsible for traineeships, or you  will loose your place on the course. At the top of this information there is information about when future introductory meetings will take place.

BIG does not provide details of traineeship opportunities: it is your responsibility to find a place to work and a supervisor. The supervisor must be associated with the location of the traineeship. BIG must approve both the location and the supervisor. The BIG office has a file with information about traineeships that other students have taken (including journals). It is important that a student works independently during the traineeship, and thus it is not permitted for two students to carry out their traineeships at the same time at the same location.

As a student at Stockholm University, you have the possibility to apply for funding through Erasmus+ to complete a work placement/traineeship at a company or organisation in any country that participates in the Erasmus+ programme.

You must write a plan for your traineeship well in advance of starting work; the teacher responsible for traineeships must receive your plan at least two weeks before you start work. At present (April 2015) this is Cilla Kullberg. The plan is to be 1-2 pages long, and must begin with your contact information (name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and civil registration number). It should then briefly describe the workplace and its activities, the role of your supervisor, the work you will be carrying out during the traineeship, and list any course literature. It must conclude with a time schedule, including the exact dates on which the traineeship will begin and end. The schedule should also specify the date on which you will submit the journal, and the provisional date of the oral presentation at BIG. You must, of course, draw up the plan in consultation with your supervisor, but you must not let the supervisor write it for you! The plan must be approved one week before the work is to begin.

Thus, there are three necessary conditions that must be satisfied before you can start a traineeship: you must have been accepted for the course, you must have attended an introduction meeting, and your plan must have been approved. You cannot, for example, count on fixing yourself a job for the summer vacation and then having it approved as traineeship afterwards.

Execution and presentation
Traineeship means that you participate in the activities of a company, an authority or another workplace, under supervision. You are to work to the same extent and keep the same hours as other employees at the workplace. The plan you submit before starting the traineeship is to describe the work you will be doing. It is important that you come into contact with several different aspects of the activities, and with other employees than just your supervisor. If it turns out that any deviations from the plan are necessary, the teacher responsible for traineeships must approve these.

The traineeship is to be presented on its conclusion both as a written report and orally. The written report is to take the form of a journal. This means that you must set aside a period each day during the traineeship to writing down what you have done during the day, and reflecting on your work. You are to submit the journal at the end of the first week of the traineeship to the teacher responsible for traineeships, who will then comment on the journal. This enables us to determine whether the journal has an appropriate size and content, and that the traineeship has begun well in all other respects.

You submit the journal when the traineeship is over, and supplement it with a short description of the workplace and its activities, and information about your supervisor (approximately the same information as you gave in the plan). Further, you are to end the written presentation with a summary of your impressions from the traineeship: what you have learned, the problems you faced, what worked well, what significance you expect the traineeship to have for your future career. This part of the presentation is particularly important, so make the effort required to ensure its quality. Check the language and spelling thoroughly. The report is to be submitted as a Word file at least five days before the oral presentation.

The oral presentation takes place in the form of a seminar at BIG. These seminars are held at least three times a term at BIG. If you are unable to give your presentation on the date planned, you will have to wait until the next opportunity. The oral presentation, however, should take place within six months of the end of the traineeship.

We invite teachers, personnel and other students to the presentation. You are expected to speak for about 15 minutes, and you should present roughly the same material as you present in your written report. It's also a good idea that you give advice to other students, who are considering taking a traineeship themselves. You must be well-prepared for the seminar: it should have a clear structure and should be illustrated with overheads or a PowerPoint presentation, preferably with photographs from the workplace.

If the oral presentation does not meet the requirements for a "Pass" grade, you have the opportunity to repeat it at a later date. If the written report does not meet the requirements for a "Pass" grade, you may submit a new version. The grading for the course is either "Pass" or "Fail".

Who decides what?
The Faculty Board has approved a curriculum for the course Traineeship in Biology, 7.5 or 15 ECTS credits. This curriculum is available on the BIG website.

The departmental board at BIG appoints a teacher to be responsible for traineeships and a traineeship board. The members of the board read the written reports, attend the oral presentations, and discuss grades for the course. The teacher responsible for traineeships is a member of the board. He or she is to approve workplaces, supervisors and plans, and is the official examiner for the course. This means that he or she decides the final grade. At present (April 2015) the teacher responsible for the traineeships is Cilla Kullberg. The other members of the traineeship board are Birgitta Åkerman and Bengt Karlsson.

Good luck!


Grading criteria for Traineeship in Biology
7.5/15 ECTS Credits at the Department of Biology Education, Stockholm University

Grading is carried out according to a two-point scale related to learning objectives: pass or fail. The traineeship is documented in the form of a journal and presented orally at a seminar.

To achieve a pass grade the student should in the written and oral presentations:

  • describe the daily activities.
  • describe the organisation and practice of the workplace.
  • reflect on the general work experience gained at the workplace.
  • reflect on experience gained, in particular, of a workplace where biological knowledge is used.
  • describe how the skills and knowledge acquired from previous studies have been applied during the traineeship.
  • reflect on the way work is organized and conducted in a field related to biology.
  • reflect on how the traineeship has influenced choice of continued education or career choice.

If all the items above are not presented in a clear and precise way in the written and oral presentations, the student will be failed.

Students must have at least 90 % attendance during the traineeship to pass. If the unplanned absence exceeds 10 %, the time plan should be revised and sent to the teacher in charge.

 

60hp = 60 ECTS = 1 year full time studies