Testimonials 2010

Here you can find testimonials from interns from the 2010 cohort.


"Although working independently and researching under my own initiative was daunting at first, the staff and fellow interns were very friendly and supportive and allayed any doubts that I had. The facilities were excellent and the skills I learned, such as how to use LaTeX, programming in R and presentational skills are being put to good use in my final year of university. I would recommend the internship for anyone considering postgraduate study to try it and see if it is for you! "
    -        Dave Grant, currently working as a software developer in London


"The STOR-i internship was an invaluable experience, providing a chance to learn what postgraduate study is like and I thoroughly enjoyed the time. I really enjoyed being able to present my research to the other interns and members of staff and would recommend the internship to anyone with an enthusiasm for statistics!"
    -         Helen Blue, currently on the Nuclear Graduates Program at Sellafield Ltd.


“It is very difficult to imagine what research may involve without trying it first and the STOR-i internship provides a rare opportunity to give it a "trial run" before embarking on the real thing.I learned to use new computer programs in short taught courses and developed my presentation skills in weekly group meetings as well as a final presentation of my work. I also improved my problem solving skills in multiple group tasks including a problem solving day with Shell. Regular coffee mornings and presentations from PhD students provided an opportunity to hear about others' experiences and activities in research. This opened my eyes to the range of research opportunities in Statistics and OR and left me much clearer of what a PhD would involve. I had a very enjoyable and rewarding 2 months in Lancaster and left feeling much more confident of my plans for the future.”
    -         Emma Ross, now a STOR-i student


“I had a great time on the STOR-i internship and was able to learn more about the application of statistics to real world problems, as well as picking up programming and presentation skills. As a result of the internship I'm going to take statistics options during my undergraduate course. I'd recommend STOR-i to anyone with a serious interest in maths or problem solving who wants to find out if academic research is right for them.” 
    -         Ben Sloman, currently studying Masters in Mathematics at University of Oxford


“My personal supervisor was an invaluable resource during the internship. He was always willing to help and provide encouragement, support and advice which complemented my individual research and progress. The opportunity to work on real-life problems, including a problem-solving day with Shell, was also fantastic.”   
    -         Rhian Davies, now a STOR-i student


"I applied for a STOR-i internship because doing a PhD had always been a possibility, but I was never sure if it was right for me. The internship was invaluable in helping me make that decision and it really helped me understand what it was like to do research. Not only that, but I also had the opportunity to develop my programming and presentation skills and work in a small team on a real problem from industry. I definitely recommend the internship to anyone with an interest in research."
    -         Dominic Hickie, completed MPhys Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology at Lancaster University