Lauren Adams

BSc Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology) 2016

Tell us about the award you have received. What does this award mean to you?

Tripos Receptor Prize (Best Molecular Project); I was awarded this prize for achieving the highest mark in a molecular dissertation project. I undertook a laboratory-based project in a research group at the RD&E Hospital, in which I attempted to use a novel PCR technique to measure genetic variations associated with BMI. Being one of the most important pieces of work in your entire degree course, you put an incredible amount of time and energy into making your dissertation the best it can be, so it was really nice to have that effort recognised!
Pye Unicam Prize; I was awarded this prize for exceptional performance during my final year here at Exeter. It was a real honour to be chosen for this prize, especially when the exam performance of the cohort was so high this year!

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

I’ve really fallen in love with Exeter over the three years, and feel so lucky that I got to study here! It’s a beautiful city with so many things to do outside of the university, but the highlight for me would have to be the people! From all the friends I made living in university halls in my first year, other biology students I met during the course, friends made through sports societies and intramural netball, lecturers who taught me and my tutors who oversaw my work.

What will you miss the most about university?

I’ll definitely miss the campus – there’s always somewhere nice to sit outside and enjoy the weather!

What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

I really liked that the Biological Sciences course allowed me to effectively build my own degree – I got to choose modules that tailored to my specific interests, and ultimately finish with a specialism added to my degree title. 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

In terms of your studies, I would say to never underestimate how helpful the members of staff here at Exeter can be; your tutors in particular. I’ve always found that the lecturers are more than happy to answer questions about their lectures or just their field of study in general – they’ve got so much knowledge to share!

Overall, I would say that a work-life balance is very important whilst at University (or it was for me at least!). Your studies are the priority, but if you organise your time then you should be able to fit in achieving your grades, seeing friends, playing sports and enjoying Exeter’s nightlife – without having to do any 24-hour sessions in the library!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

After a well-earned holiday in the summer, I’ll be coming back to Exeter in September to complete a Masters by Research. My project will focus on the cell biology underlying ‘ciliopathies’, a class of severe genetic disorders. I’m hoping this will allow me to build up some more research experience before applying for jobs next year. I’d really like to go into a career where I can use my scientific knowledge and laboratory skills to help people, such as medical research.