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Water reservoir resiliency, bimolecular reactions and gamma-ray bursts

IMI’s 29 summer research internship projects get underway 


Thursday 14 June 2018


This summer 29 students and their supervisors are taking part in IMI’s Undergraduate Research Internship Programme (URI), the largest number to date.   

The programme is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain research experience and get a feel for what it’s like studying for a PhD.


Research internship projects from multiple disciplines

URI_small_2.jpg Now in its fourth year IMI’s internships programme is open to students wishing to spend part of their summer working on a research project which contains an element of mathematics, statistics or data science.

During June, July and August, students spend up to 10 weeks working on a research project, in close collaboration with an academic supervisor.

Participants this year include students and supervisors form the Departments of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, and the IMI.  

Students taking part in the programme receive a stipend of £200 per week which is primarily funded by the IMI, with some students receiving stipends from our partners. Three of this year's interns are funded by Dr Kit Yates' BBSRC STARS grant, and SAMBa has funded another three internships. The London Mathematical Society has also generously awarded stipends to three students.

The 2018 IMI internship projects

This year’s internship projects span a wide range of topics. From modelling bimolecular reaction and estimating trends in forest health to studies of drinking water reservoir resiliency in a changing climate.

  1. Operator Riccati equations in fluid dynamics and beyond. Student: Charlie Collier (Mathematics). Supervisor: Dr Mark Opmeer (Mathematical Sciences).
  2. Regularising properties of randomised numerical methods with applications. Student: Natasha Javed (Mathematics). Supervisors: Dr Silvia Gazzola and Prof Alastair Spence (Mathematical Sciences)
  3. Trend estimation with European spatio-temporal forest health monitoring data. Student: Frances Beresford (Mathematics & Physics). Supervisor: Dr Nicole Augustin (Mathematical Sciences).
  4. A blending hybrid model for representing reaction-diffusion processes. Student: Adam George (Mathematics). Supervisor: Dr Christian Yates (Mathematical Sciences).
  5. Modelling bimolecular reactions in one and two dimensions. Student: William Woodman (Mathematics). Supervisors: Dr Tim Rogers and Dr Christian Yates (Mathematical Sciences).
  6. Statistical and mathematical modelling of sleep behaviour as a measure of laying hen welfare. Student: Elli Heyes (Maths and Physics). Supervisor: Dr Lorna Wilson (IMI)
  7. Racial wage discrimination and urban population composition. Student: Zhao Dong (Economics). Supervisor: Mr Thanos Mergoupis (Economics).
  8. Modelling optical properties of atomically thin multilayers. Student: Jeremy Pluess (Physics). Supervisor: Dr Daniel Wolverson (Physics).
  9. Improved triggering of the LHCb experiment using machine learning. Student: Max Anston (Mathematics). Supervisor: Dr Neill Campbell (Computer Science).
  10. Drinking water reservoir resiliency in a changing climate. Student: Stephen Williams (Physics). Supervisor: Dr Danielle Wain (Architecture and Civil Engineering).
  11. Blow-up in higher order PDEs with applications to mathematical geology. Student: Zoe Dennison (Mathematics). Supervisor: Professor Chris Budd (Mathematical Sciences).
  12. Accelerated Discovery of Novel Adsorbents Using Persistent Homology. Student: Marius Mueller (Chemical Engineering). Supervisor: Dr Matthew Lennox (Chemical Engineering).
  13. Bayesian analysis of gamma-ray burst afterglows using hydrodynamics simulation templates. Student: Tomasz Sawko (Physics). Supervisor: Dr Hendrik van Eerten (Physics)
  14. Abstract Algebra meets Partial Differential Equations: Conservation Laws and Symmetries for Wave Equations. Student: Harry Rainbird (Mathematics). Supervisor: Dr Euan Spence (Mathematical Sciences).
  15. Simulation of Stochastic roofing using random models from statistical physics. Student: Vlad Brebeanu (Mathematics and Physics). Supervisors: Professor Andreas Kyprianou (Mathematical Sciences) Dr Sandra Palau (Mathematical Sciences) and Dr Paul Shepherd (Architecture and Civil Engineering).
  16. Using fuzzy cognitive maps to develop and test neural network models of psychiatric disorders. Student: Arron Mallinson-Pocock (Psychology). Supervisor: Dr Chris Ashwin (Psychology).
  17. Measuring Extinction with 3D Stellar Cartography. Student: Emily Hunt (Physics). Supervisor: Dr Victoria Scowcroft (Physics).
  18. Classification of dry powder inhalers using structural and chemical analysis-opening the black box of formulation design and regulation. Student: Alice Paddock (Mathematics). Supervisor: Dr William Ganley (Pharmacy and Pharmacology)
  19. Graphene with a twist: modelling electronic band structure and photoemission spectra of twisted trilayer graphene. Student: Nikita Channa (Physics). Supervisor: Dr Marcin Mucha-Kruczynski (Physics).
  20. Numerical analysis of pile-soil deformation using continuum and discrete methods adopting the finite element method. Student: Victor Kaberuka Rugamba (Architecture and Civil Engineering). Supervisor: Dr Loizos Pelecanos (Architecture and Civil Engineering).
  21. Search and jump Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. Student: Sayan Biswas (Mathematics). Supervisor: Professor Christopher Jennison (Mathematical Sciences).
  22. Random Trees and Satisfiability. Student: Benjamin Hansard (Mathematics). Supervisor: C├ęcile Mailler (Mathematical Sciences) and Professor James Davenport (Computer Science).
  23. Wave scattering by non-classical one dimensional obstacles. Student: Milos Tasic (Mathematics). Supervisor: Dr Kirill Cherednichenko (Mathematical Sciences).
  24. Canonical metrics and automorphism groups on rational surfaces. Student: Muhammad Sohaib Khalid (Mathematics and Physics). Supervisor: Dr Jesus Martinex Garcia (Mathematical Sciences).
  25. Understanding the impact on learning of what and how we assess students. Student: James Fossey (Mathematics and Physics). Supervisor: Dr Jane White (Mathematical Sciences).
  26. Structural optimisation for tensegrity design and control. Student: Megan Duffy (Mathematics). Supervisors: Dr Chris Guiver (Mathematical Sciences) and Professor Andrew Plummer (Mechanical Engineering).
  27. Guidance of light in hollow-core optical fibres. Student: Jackson Phoong (Mathematics). Supervisor: Professor David Bird (Physics).
  28. Development of intelligent objective functions for data assimilation in the construction of adaptive neuron and network models. Student: Samuel Winnall (Physics). Supervisor Dr Alain Nogaret (Physics).
  29. Structural optimisation for tensegrity design and control. Student: Josh Young (Mathematics). Supervisors: Dr Chris Guiver (Mathematical Sciences) and Professor Andrew Plummer (Mechanical Engineering).    

Take part in next year's IMI Internship Programme 

Applications will open in November 2018. Simply click on the below email to send us a pre-filled email requesting to be added to our 2019 internship programme mailing list.

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