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Youth Membership Scheme

Centre of the Cell’s Youth Membership Scheme is open to all young people aged 14-19 and offers a range of activities and opportunities, including:

• Work experience and volunteering opportunities
• Careers advice
• The chance to meet scientists and healthcare professionals
• Mentoring and revision sessions with scientists, Medicine and Dentistry students and Centre of the Cell staff
• Opportunity to be part of the Youth Forum
• Opportunity to take part in special projects with Centre of the Cell, such as developing new content and resources

All events and volunteering opportunities are available on a first come, first served basis. Youth members are encouraged to demonstrate their interest and motivation by enrolling themselves and maintaining their own bookings for events.

To enrol, please complete and return the application form, which can be downloaded here.

Email youthmembers@centreofthecell.org with any enquiries.

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YMS Mentoring Session: Thinking about applying to Medicine or Dentistry?

Picture of a GP taking medical notesSign up to this mentoring session if you are thinking about applying to study Medicine or Dentistry at university.

This mentoring session is for Centre of the Cell Youth Members and will take place on Tuesday 28th March 4:15pm – 6:00pm.

The mentoring session will be an opportunity to meet Medicine and Dentistry students from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and find out:

  • What does a course in Medicine or Dentistry involve?
  • What does a job in Medicine or Dentistry involve?
  • Advice on how to get into a Medicine or Dentistry course including information about subjects and grades, work experience, volunteering, extra-curricular activities, personal statements, interviews and the UKCAT test

As this is an after school session there will be free drinks and snacks available.

If you would like to attend the mentoring session please book a free ticket.

If you are not already a Youth Member, please download an application form and bring the completed application form with you to the session.

YMS Biology Revision Session: A Level

DNAThis A Level revision session is for Centre of the Cell Youth Members and will take place on Monday 3rd April 2:15pm – 6:00pm.

The session will cover the following Biology topics:

  1. Genetics: meiosis, inheritance, genetic bottlenecks/founder effect
  2. Blood: the clotting cascade and blood groups
  3. The nervous system: action potentials and the role of myelin
  4. The immune system: the innate immune response, the adaptive immune response, bacteria and viruses, antibiotic resistance

There will be free drinks and snacks available at the session.

If you would like to attend the session please book a free ticket.

If you are not already a Youth Member, please download an application form and bring the completed application form with you to the session.

YMS Biology Revision Session: GCSE

Digestive systemThis GCSE Biology revision session is for Centre of the Cell Youth Members and will take place on Monday 10th April 1:15pm – 5:00pm.

The session will cover the following Biology topics:

  1. Genetics: meiosis, inheritance, DNA structure and protein synthesis
  2. The blood and circulation: blood, structure and function of the heart, the double circulatory system
  3. The digestive system: structure and function of digestive system organs, the role of digestive enzymes, the roles of different nutrients in the body.
  4. Risk factors: how do certain risk factors increase the likelihood of a person developing a disease?
  5. The immune system: bacteria and viruses, vaccination and herd immunity, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance

There will be free drinks and snacks available at the session.

If you would like to attend the session please book a free ticket.

If you are not already a Youth Member, please download an application form and bring the completed application form with you to the session.

Summer School 24th - 28th July 2017

IMG_0538Centre of the Cell are pleased to host its first Summer School which will be taking place 24 – 28 July 2017. 15 Youth Members who are currently in Year 12 will be selected to participate in a range of science and health related activities in partnership with the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London, including:

  • Laboratory skills in pipetting, DNA extraction and PCR analysis
  • Exploring careers in science, health and research
  • Meeting scientists and healthcare professionals from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London
  • Learning about clinical research with East London Genes and Health
  • …And much more!

You must be currently in Year 12 and available to attend the full week.          

Youth members

Lunch and any travel costs will be provided.

To apply, please email the completed Summer School application form to youthmembers@centreofthecell.org or post it to Youth Membership Scheme, Centre of the Cell, Office 223, Garrod Building, Turner St, London E1 2AD.

If you are not currently a Youth Member you must also complete and return the COTC YMS Contact and Monitoring form.

The deadline for submitting applications is midnight on Friday 28th April 2017. Successful applicants will be invited for a short interview on week beginning 3rd July 2017.

Good luck!