International students, independent study and introversion: My UROP experience
Ever since I applied to the University of Reading and attended open days, I’ve always wanted to be a part of the undergraduate research community. The idea of getting to do real-world research in a topic I was truly interested in seemed very exciting. So, in the summer between my second and third years at university, I embarked on a UROP project.
Development of sustainable and bioactive food packaging materials
When I began the application process for UROP, I had applied for a placement within my own department. I was nervous to look into other departments as I felt I wouldn’t have a strong enough background in anything other than chemistry. I was unsuccessful with that application and I thought nothing more about UROP. A fortnight later, an email came through to say that some placements were still vacant, and one based in the Food Science department came up. I read the title and I was sold immediately.