My Senior Scholarship

Insight and Advice from a Winning Entrant

The title of my senior scholarship was “Music and memory: an investigation into how music is processed in Baddeley's model of working memory.” 


Writing a senior scholarship is a brilliant process as it not only gives you a lot to talk about in university interviews, but also turns out to be quite enjoyable. First of all, it’s very important to choose a topic that intrigues you – all in all, if researched intensively, the whole process takes around a week of the summer, which is really not too long taking into account the probability of at least a week of rain! It took me a lot of thinking and reading and more thinking before I came up with an idea that was at all coherent, so be prepared to come up with and reject a whole host of titles before arriving at ‘the one’. With science senior scholarships, it’s also a very good idea to so something with data. I collected my own data by designing an experiment but you can just as well produce an amazing piece of work analysing someone else’s data or replicating the results of a past experiment. If you do want to do your own experiment, don’t forget to organise it in advance, especially if it involves other students or lab time – bear in mind that you’ll be going on study leave. It’s honestly an extremely gratifying process that gives you an insight into what independent study at university will be like, and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. Good luck!​ 


Catalina Garcia VIII