2012/13 OMT Travel Grant Reports

Below are reports from students who benefited from an OMT Travel Grant in the 2012/13 academic year.

2012/13 Travel Grants
Dawn Berry - History

Dawn Berry (2009, History)

The £300 travel grant awarded to me from the University College Old Member’s Trust Travel grant was used toward my flight from Copenhagen to Nuuk, Greenland to attend the 2013 Artek event on sustainability and Mining in the Arctic in Sisimiut, Greenland. The total flight cost for that portion of the travel was £650.

Nessa Carson - Chemistry

Nessa Carson (2009, Chemistry)

With great thanks for a Univ Old Members' Travel Grant and funding from Esai, in the summer of 2012 I was able to work on my dream chemistry internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elisabeth Forster - Oriental Studies

Elisabeth Forster (2011, Oriental Studies)

My five-week trip to Beijing was one of the most productive and enjoyable journeys I have ever made. From 12 December 2012 to 17 January 2013, I undertook a language course and library visit in the capital of the Middle Kingdom.


Elisey Kobzev - Chemistry

Elisey Kobzev (2008, Chemistry)

I am very thankful to have received and Old Members’ Trust bursary to help me fund a month long international research trip to the University of New York, Center for Soft Matter research. I had visited the University of New York, to study advanced techniques of colloid synthesis with Dr Stefano Sacanna, who is one of the world leading specialists on the subject in preparation of my future DPhil work in the field for the Roel Dullens group here at Oxford.
Thomas Lonsdale - Chemistry

Thomas Lonsdale (2009, Chemistry)

I am currently completing the Part II, research year, of my MChem degree (Masters in Chemistry) in Germany and was lucky enough to receive an Old Members’ Trust travel grant to allow me to come back to Oxford for a week in November to learn about protein film electrochemistry.
David Menassa - Medicine

David Menassa (2009, Medicine)

I spent the week between the 16th and the 21st of December in the laboratory of Dr David Holcman at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. I also spent two days at the Collège de France with Dr Nathalie Rouach.


Teresa Kyrke-Smith - Geology

Teresa Kyrke-Smith (2010, Geology)

Thanks to receiving an OMT Travel Grant, at the start of December I travelled to San Francisco, California, to attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. This is the largest annual gathering of Earth Scientists (over 20,000 attend). It is a very exciting event to go to, both to hear about current groundbreaking research taking place all over the world and to meet and connect with colleagues.
Thomas Nelson - Classics

Thomas Nelson (2009, Classics)

This December I travelled to Berlin to visit some of the classical museums that the city boasts, as well as to practice some German, a language which will prove very important for my planned postgraduate study next year.
Thomas O'Toole - Geology

Thomas O'Toole (2009, Geology)

The main focus of my DPhil research has been developing methods for analysing earthquake-induced ground motions recorded by Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

Franziska Richter (2009, Psychology)

First, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Trustees for their generous sponsorship that supported my visit to the Society for Neuroscience 2012 meeting. I arrived in New Orleans on the night of Friday the 12th of October.
Evgenia Rouka - Medicine

Evgenia Rouka (2010, Medicine)

The Old Member’s Trust travel grant gave me the opportunity to attend the 16th Meeting of the Signal Transduction Society, held in Weimar, Germany. The meeting was jointly organised by the ‘Signal Transduction’ study groups of the German Societies for Cell Biology (DGZ) and Immunology (DGfl) and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM).
Alexander Volsky - International Relations

Alexander Volsky (2008, International Relations)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the travel grant I received and to write a brief report of my travels to New Delhi and Tbilisi in late September 2012.  The purpose of my trip was to conduct interviews with leading policymakers on issues related to my dissertation on great power politics.  

Judith Weston (2012, Modern Languages)

I would like to thank the Old Members’ Trust so much for helping to sponsor my trip to Ghent, Belgium to learn Old French for my one-year Masters course in Medieval and Modern Languages. My trip was also sponsored by the University and Oxford’s Medium Aevum, The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.
Heike Wobst - Medicine

Heike Wobst (2010, Medicine)

In March 2013, I attended AD/PD in Florence, Italy, with almost 3000 participants the biggest European conference on neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system.