Postgraduate Research Showcase 2016

From Monday 25th– Wednesday 27th April Researcher Development and Research Services celebrated the work of our vibrant postgraduate community with the annual Postgraduate Research Showcase. Now in its 5th year, the poster competition has gone from strength to strength, this year showcasing entries from 68 postgraduate students across the University of Exeter Colleges and Campuses. The Showcase presents an exciting opportunity for postgraduate researchers to present their research to the wider University, as well as the general public.

Prizes were awarded for the Best HASS Poster, the Best STEMM Poster and the Most Innovative Poster.  The high standard of entries didn’t make the job easy for the judging panel, which was comprised of:

  • Professor David Butler, Professor of Water Engineering
  • Associate Professor Rob Freathy, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Deputy Director of the Doctoral College
  • Camilla Hampshire, Museums Manager and Cultural Lead at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Felicity Liggins, Senior Applied Climate Scientist and STEM Outreach Coordinator at the Met Office
  • Rachel Torr, Head of Researcher Development
  • Chris Wood, Researcher Development Manager (Early Career Research Staff and Penryn Programmes)

We are delighted to announce that the prizes were awarded as follows:

Best poster – humanities and social sciences (HASS)
Postgraduate: Dawn Thorley, College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Poster: Perfectionism

Best poster – science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)
Postgraduate: Kirsten Thompson, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Poster: Secrets of the dead: Examining genetic kinship in Gray’s beaked whales

Most innovative poster
Postgraduate: Sarah Foxen, College of Humanities
Poster: Investigating language and identity in the (Franco-) Belgian borderland: The untold story

The Showcase not only offers opportunities in the form of prizes, but also the facilitation of interdisciplinary research conversations and collaborations across Colleges. As a result of this year’s showcase, several PGRs are now in contact and aiming to work together on their research, as are two supervisors who ‘met’ through a student’s poster!

Our thanks go to the judges who generously gave their time and expertise to assessing an enormous amount of research posters, and to the postgraduate research student presenters who produced some excellent work that gave so many of the opportunity to get excited about research being undertaken in the Doctoral College.

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