Double success at Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
The 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging students to effectively explain their research in engaging, accessible language to a non-specialist audience.
This year, both winners came from SLS:
- Congratulations to the winner - Rohini Ajaykumar on 'Studying bacterial resistance for antimicrobial drug development'.
- And the runner up and popular choice winner - Scott Dwyer on 'Controlling honey bee parasites : will the mites meet their match?'.
Project funding success
The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund is intended to encourage creativity, innovation and impact through support of projects by Warwick students. Hear from Toyin Dairo (Graduate of Biomedical Science, 2019) about her innovative project:
'In September 2019, I took part in an independent project funded by the University of Warwick’s Lord Rootes Memorial Fund. The project was titled 'Tackling the stigma of special needs in the third world' and involved talking to a number of professionals (in both the UK and Kenya) about the quality of care for people with special needs in their own countries.
I travelled to the capital of Kenya (Nairobi) and volunteered within a school for pupils with special needs over a two week time period, in order to formulate an idea of how the pupils were being catered for. Whilst also being in Kenya, I was able to explore the city, go on a four day safari and experience the local culture. The experience was amazing and I would encourage everyone to get involved in some form of humanitarian work. My project report has now been published on the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund’s page and will hopefully provide an insight into the development of care for people with special needs in both first and third world countries.'
Toyin won a £300 prize for the quality of her work.
Post-Doctoral Research Prizes 2020
- Dr Collette Guy has been awarded the Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize for Life Sciences for her paper on 'Targeting extracellular glycans: tuning multimeric boronic acids for pathogen-selective killing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis'. Collette is based in Dr Liz Fullam's group but also works with the Gibson group in Chemistry.
Dr Ed Hill has been chosen as one of the winners from Mathematics of the Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize for his paper 'Seasonal influenza: Modelling approaches to capture immunity propagation'. Ed works with Dr Mike Tildesley and Professor Matt Keeling on modelling the spread of disease, as well as collaborating with other members of the Life Sciences, Mathematics and Medical School departments.
Research Harambee Winner
On 19 June, Katy Faulkner won the 'Most likely to win a Nobel Prize' award at the University of Warwick Research Harambee for her poster presentation on 'Resilience of forest soil and root-associated microbial communities to extreme weather events'. Harambee is Swahili meaning working together and helping each other. Featuring a wide variety of activities, the Research Harambee brought undergraduates and postgraduates together to celebrate the research culture at Warwick. Katy is a NERC CENTA PhD student in the Bending lab. Find out more about the Research Harambee.
Three Minute Thesis Winner
On 19 June, Amy Newman won both Runner Up and Popular Choice at the University of Warwick Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging students to effectively explain their research in engaging, accessible language to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Amy is a NERC CENTA PhD student with Professor Gary Bending, investigating the presence and influence of circadian rhythms on plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere. Find out more about 3MT.
SSLC Secretary of the Year
Congratulations to undergraduate Beth Hill who has been awarded the SU 'SSLC Secretary of the Year' Representation Award 2019 for her excellent work on the Life Sciences undergraduate Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). The award recognises Beth's work in facilitating the SSLC’s student voice.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as Secretary and for being able to work with other student reps and staff on the committee. It's a really great forum for raising ideas and suggestions to enhance the experience for everyone in Life Sciences. I'd always recommend getting involved and having your say!"
Space Competition Prize Winner
Congratulations to undergraduate biochemist Katie Savva who came second in the Airbus Student Presentation Competition, at the National Student Space Conference 2019, with her presentation on how our microbiome changes in space. Katie was invited to give a presentation to a panel of industry experts and an audience of students from across the country. She was judged on the technical merit of her topic, potential for development, and quality of presentation.
Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize
Congratulations to Mussa Quareshy on winning the Post-Doctoral Research Prize in SLS for his thesis 'The Tetrazole Analogue of the Auxin Indole-3-acetic Acid Binds Preferentially to TIR1 and Not AFB5'. Mussa was supervised by Professor Richard Napier and will receive his prize certificate at the 2nd Warwick Postdoctoral Science Symposium on Tuesday 7 May.
Papin Prizes 2019 - Shortlist Success
A huge congratulations to Ian Hands-Portman who has been shortlisted for a Papin Prize.
These are prestigious awards to be made to technicians across the UK and Ireland who have demonstrated excellence in their field. Ian has been shortlisted for both the core facility and outreach categories.