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Student researchers take centre stage at UEL

UEL students

An undergraduate dance student and newly arrived PhD researcher took home first prize for their outstanding projects at a special event celebrating the University of East London’s latest research.  

Karine Goudout, who studies Dance: Urban Practice, won the undergraduate summer research intern prize for her project on contemporary dance in South Africa.

She teamed up with Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn from the School of Arts and Digital Industries, winning £150 worth of Amazon gift vouchers.

“It's amazing for dance to be recognised so highly within academia,” said Karine. “It was great to see people so interested.”

Karine plans to continue her research with a master’s degree and PhD in the future.

“The experience and skills learnt has helped me with my own career path,” she said.  

Dr Castelyn says she was “absolutely thrilled” that her dedicated intern won.

“Karine’s an excellent representative of students we have on the dance programme at UEL,” said Dr Castelyn.

Also sharing centre stage was winner Daniel Edgcumbe, who impressed judges with his plan to discover the brain’s hidden processes when we make snap ‘without-having-to-think’ decisions, known as System 1 decision-making. 

“I want to take Noble Prize-winning research to the next level,” said Daniel. “This kind of decision-making is something we rely on lots in everyday life.” 

Daniel, who says he “loves a challenge” and the “chance to do real-world research” within the School of Psychology at UEL, was delighted with his win.

“I was surprised, because there are so many great projects this year,” he said after collecting his prize. 

The evening, attended by students and senior staff, recognised the achievements of 31 UEL undergraduate summer research project interns, and the contributions of 20 new PhD students, looking at areas as varied as vloggers and beauty, neuroscience, and Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’.