The winners of this year’s Postgraduate Research Poster Days have been unveiled following events in each of the three faculties.
The annual events give full-time second year and part-time third and fourth year postgraduate research students (PGRs) the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider academic audience and gain feedback from peers and research professionals.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences held a showcase to highlight the range of work being undertaken by postgraduate researchers across the faculty. The event was also designed to engage with external partners, and representatives from Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Bluecoat, Liverpool Jazz, National Museums Liverpool and the Victoria Gallery & Museum were in attendance.
Three prizes were awarded at the event including an academic judges’ prize, an external partner prize and the student prize.
The academic judges’ prize was awarded to Matthew McCall for his poster entitled ‘A Crisis of Masculinity? Transgressive Gender and the Monstrous Feminine in the Work of the Pearl Poet’. The prize voted on by external partners was awarded to Rachel Cleaver for her poster on Victorian journalism entitled ‘The Journalist and the Development of Ethics 1850-1900’. The student voted prize was awarded to Nur Husna Mohamed for her poster on ‘Identity Construction of Malaysian Youngsters in Computer Mediated Communication’.
Commenting on the award, winner Matthew McCall (pictured left) said: “The Postgraduate Research Showcase is a fantastic opportunity to see what everyone else is up to in the PGR community. It’s all too easy to bury your head in the sand of your own research sometimes. Everyone is so interested in what everyone else is doing, and that’s a really positive atmosphere to share your own research in.”
In addition to the postgraduate research on display, postdoctoral fellows funded by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund presented posters and gave talks on their projects with external cultural partners.
The School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Computer Science joined up with the School of Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Engineering to hold a showcase of postgraduates’ work in the Central Teaching Laboratories (image below). More than 50 PGRs attended the event where the winners were revealed as Jinmeng Wu from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Rik Claessens from the Department of Computer Science, and Osama Maklad from the School of Engineering.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences also held a Poster and Networking event last week where 98 students presented work (see image at top). The prizes for the event were sponsored by Bioline Reagents Ltd, QIAGEN, Sigma-Aldrich, New England BioLabs (NEB), and Thermo Fisher Scientific who also attended the event and were delighted with the opportunity to network with staff and students from across the faculty.
The institute winners were revealed as Gareth Nye from the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease, Gabriel Pedra from the Institute of Integrative Biology, Kelda Green from the Institute of Psychology, Health & Society, Peter Szatmary from the Institute of Translational Medicine, and Charlotte Robin from the Institute of Infection & Global Health.
The overall Faculty winners were named as Kelda Green, Gabriel Pedra and Peter Szatmary, with the student choice award going to Blessing Osaghae from the Institute of Translational Medicine.
Poster Day also extends to the University’s postgraduate researchers across the world with online submission. This year’s event, called Communicating Research: Presenting for Public Engagement, gave students the chance to submit their poster online and enter the Three Minute Thesis competition – an event challenging students to present their research topic in just three minutes in a way which can be understood by a non-specialist audience.
The finals for the Three Minute Thesis competition took place on the 9 June at Liverpool Guild of Students, where nine PGRs chosen by academic staff and students made presentations live to an audience.
The winner was named as Ahmed Al-Naher from the Institute of Translational Medicine, who will go forward to the National Competition organised by Vitae. The runner-up in the competition was named as Cristina Ardura Garcia from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.