Marine and coastal biology at Penryn 11th August 2017

One of the highlights of Generating Genius’s summer so far has been the biology-themed residential at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall (Penryn) campus. Over the course of three days, twelve Generating Genius students had the opportunity to explore the fascinating field of marine biology through academic sessions and practicals led by staff and students from the University of Exeter. In addition, students gained an insight into life at the University of Exeter, many of them having also visited the main campus at Stretham in June, as part of a previous Generating Genius residential.

During the first day, students were introduced to the process of making hypotheses, predictions and interpreting scientific data by Dr Kelly Moyes. The session was followed by presentations from current postgraduate and undergraduate students at the University of Exeter about their research and academic life. The second day gave the students a chance to do their own field work at Gylly Beach, where they explored  the shore and identified various marine species. Guided by Dr Moyes, students devised their own research projects in small groups and successfully presented to their fellow participants and academic staff from the university.

Finally, the last day was geared towards offering the students information about the university application process and the range of courses available at the University of Exeter. Once again, the students were able to get information on some of their most pressing concerns in regard to university life, such as funding options and grades.

We would like to thank all of the staff from the University of Exeter for having us at the Penryn Campus and for making this residential possible.