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Department of Physics



3rd year Masters student William Cartwright awarded summer studentship by the Royal Microscopial Society for work on synthetic extracellular vesicles

(20 April 2017)

William Cartwright is a 3rd year Masters student in Physics at the University of Durham. William will be using a novel atomic force microscopy measurement tool to investigate the effect of curvature on the mechanical properties of synthetic extracellular vesicles, a promising tool for nanomedicine. For this work, William applied for and was subsequently awarded one of only two summer studentships available to budding physical scientists in the UK by the Royal Microscopical Society.

Launched in 2014 to celebrate their 175th anniversary, the scheme was designed to help fund undergraduates to further their studies and gain invaluable experience in their chosen field of research to add to their CV.

Professor Chris Hawes HonFRMS, the RMS Executive Honorary Secretary said “We had an unprecedented number of applications this year which made it very difficult to make the final decision! These four projects span a great range of microscopy techniques and will help to further some really interesting research. I wish all four students the best of luck with their summer work and hope that they will find it really enjoyable and worthwhile.”

All four students will write a report for the RMS membership magazine infocus on completion of their projects

The Royal Microscopical Society is a Charity dedicated to advancing science, developing careers and supporting wider understanding of science and microscopy, and the Summer Studentships are part of its active Outreach programme

Applications for 2018 Summer Studentships are not currently open but further information can be found at