We proudly present our talented students

Robin Hoekstra

Internship Project: Living Soil

Hello, my name is Robin Hoekstra and I am a student of Biology and Medical Laboratory Science at Hanze University Groningen. During my gradation internship I am working on the project 'Living Soil' looking into the role of microbiology in agriculture. In my spare time I like to relax with friends over a cold beer. I can also expend my energy in the gym or on the korfball court, where I can be found every Saturday. With the increasing demand for food, it is very important to strive for sustainable agriculture. In the ‘Living Soil’ project, I am investigating the presence of functional genes that promote plant growth. By gaining a better understanding of microbiology in relation to arable farming techniques, future soil-improving measures can be incorporated into the cropping plan. During my studies I became very interested in microbiology and biotechnology. Together with my personal vision for a better world, I find this project very interesting and educational.

Niels Veenstra

Internship project: Biologically Active Carbon filter for rinse water contaminated with pesticides

Hello, my name is Niels Veenstra and I am a student of Biology and Medical Laboratory Science at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. I am currently working on the removal of pesticides from rinse water used for the cleaning of pesticide spraying machines on the land. This is done by using a biological activated carbon (BAK) filter, which contains microorganisms and metal oxides. The aim of my internship is to combine two existing systems containing microorganisms to create a regenerative filter that effectively removes pesticides from wash water.

So far, I am having a great time and the atmosphere at Bioclear earth is very nice. In addition, it is rewarding to work on a project that ensures a cleaner environment.

Anna Hofstra

Internship project: rewetting peatlands

My name is Anna Hofstra and I am a Biotechnology student at the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. I have chosen the biomedical research track as part of my programme.

During my internship I am working on the LANDMARC project. The aim of my research is to study the effects of rewetting peatlands. For example, I am looking at changes in carbon uptake.

So far, I am having a great time at Bioclear earth. In addition, my internship is a good fit with my education programme and I am now able to put into practice what I have been learning at school.

Nikki Sipma

Internship project: Biologically active filter for waste water contaminated with pharmaceutical residues

My name is Nikki Sipma. I am a student of Biology and Medical Laboratory Science at Hanzehogeschool in Groningen. During my internship at Bioclear earth, I am working on a treatment method to break down pharmaceutical residues in wastewater. This involves the use of a biological activated carbon (BAK) filter, bacteria that can degrade pharmaceuticals and microorganisms that can produce metal oxides. My project aims to build a regenerative system that can be used to filter pharmaceuticals out of wastewater.

I really like the internship at Bioclear Earth. The atmosphere in the team is very good and I also enjoy working on a project that contributes to a more sustainable world.

Rick Nijboer

Internship project: The living soil

My name is Rick Nijboer and I am a 4th year student of Biology and Medical Laboratory Science at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. During my education I studied biotechnology and discovered that I am very interested in microbiology. I am currently working at Bioclear earth on a very interesting project called ‘The Living Soil’, where my passion for microbiology comes in handy. This project actually looks at what happens in the soil that is the used to grow our food. The internship fits in well with my education. It is also great that I am involved in the whole process of the project, from calling the farmers to carrying out and interpreting qPCR tests. This makes it a fun and challenging internship.

Jacco Blom

Internship project: MICRO4BIOGAS

My name is Jacco Blom. I am a fourth year Biology and Medical Laboratory science student at Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

This trimester I will be working on accumulating and analysing fermenting cultures for the MICRO4BIOGAS project. I will be looking at cultures that are prevalent in the fermentation process and developing a method to speed up the fermentation steps.

This internship gives me a lot of freedom and the opportunity to shape my own research, which I really enjoy!

Folkert Boer

Internship Project: Power to Methane

My name is Folkert Boer and I am a student of Biotechnology with a specialisation in Process Engineering. During my internship I am working on a project called 'Power to Methane'. As part of this project, I am involved in finding out the growth parameters and modelling the process. So far, I like the challenge of finding all the processes involved and writing them into a model.

Internships at Bioclear earth

Are you interested in an internship at Bioclear earth? Send a personal motivation letter and your curriculum vitae to info@bioclearearth.nl.