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UEL celebrates outstanding student research

Poster event features work on nerve activity, prison well-being

A new opera based on the autobiography of a former slave, a photo archive of the 1968 Paris student riots, and Twitter analysis of a well-established music festival were just some of the impressive research projects on display at a recent poster event at the University of East London (UEL).

This summer, twenty five undergraduate researchers embarked on a ten-week paid research internship which saw them paired up with leading academics at the University. 

The poster event, held at UEL’s Knowledge Dock, celebrated their outstanding efforts.

In addition, six of UEL’s PhD research candidates, working at the cutting-edge of fields including sustainability, criminology, and computing, also showed off their research.

The posters were judged  by Dr Lisa Mooney, UEL Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange), and Kabir Ahmed, entrepreneur and founder of Favorey Ltd, based at Knowledge Dock, which helps people offer and receive ‘favours’ of help online.

The judges looked at the students’ ability to explain their findings, attract attention, convey information clearly, and demonstrate the research project’s significance and findings to a wider audience. 

During a certificate ceremony held the end of the evening, three undergraduates and three PhD students were announced as prize winners. 

Recent architecture graduate Agata Korsak was awarded first place in the undergraduate category. Ms Korsak has been working with UEL architect lecturer Roland Karthus on a pioneering project looking at how the construction of prisons affects the well-being of prisoners. 

Hayley Edwards took home second place for her contributions to an outstanding research project looking at low-birth weight of babies in Newham, led by UEL’s Institute of Health and Human Development and partners at University College London. 

Mrs Edwards, who completed a BSc Public Health and a PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at UEL, focused on the impact of how the project was sharing its findings among mothers and public health specialists. 

Jessica Allison won third place in the undergraduate category for her efforts on a comparison study analysing rowing on the water and in a lab on a rowing machine.

Ms Korsak and Mrs Edwards have earned the right to present their work at the annual Posters in Parliament event, part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, on 20 February 2018. All the undergraduate winners and their supervisors received Amazon vouchers.

The winning PhD poster was awarded to MS Montserrat Gonzalez Perez for her work on the role of influencing nerve activity by delivering electrical or pharmaceutical agents directly to a target area and how this can enhance face perception. 

Joint second place for PhD posters went to Libby Ford for looking at the impact of university technical colleges in London and beyond and Ahmed Alwan on new building technology. 

During her speech congratulating the students, Dr Mooney emphasised the important role that researchers can play in making university research more accessible by deciphering the complexities of their work and welcoming discussion.