Institute for Mathematical Innovation


Three IMI students win prize for their undergraduate research posters

Friday 26 October 2018

Over a hundred people dropped by to see IMI’s poster display of undergraduate research internship projects on Wednesday 24 October.

The 4 West Atrium was filled with academics and students admiring the thirteen posters summarising some of the many research projects IMI’s 29 undergraduate students and their supervisors have been working on over the summer. 

A thing that really stood out at the event was the high quality of the posters. “The quality was so high you would think that PhD students had made them”, commented Chris Budd, Deputy Director of the IMI.

Members of the IMI Research Panel had the difficult task of judging the posters on display and naming the top three. Following careful scoring of each poster, IMI's Deputy Director, Peter Allen, Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, announced the winners of the three £100 prizes.


And the winners are... 


Alice PaddockAlice Paddock

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Poster title: Classification of dry powder inhalers






Marius MuellerMarius Mueller

Department of Chemical Engineering

Poster title: Simulating the way to sustainable ethane-ethylene separations






Natasha JavedNatasha Javed

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Poster title: Can randomised methods be used to solve inverse problems?       





Great fun and a big challenge

Speaking about what it was like to do an IMI research internship, Max Antson, an undergraduate student at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, said: “It was great fun. I really enjoyed it - and it was a big challenge as well. It was also great to experience what doing a PhD could potentially be like because a research internship is basically a gateway into a PhD and research.”


Mathematics underpins science and collaborations

One of the poster judges, Dr BegoƱa Delgado-Charro, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, said: It was great to see the mathematics underpinning the science and also collaborations across so many areas at our University. Personally and as a pharmaceutical scientist, I was very pleased to see how maths can be used to support an efficient development of better medicines.


Apply to take part in IMI’s research internship programme

Next summer, IMI is again offering around 20 internships to students from all disciplines, who will work closely with an academic supervisor on a research project of mutual interest.

Academic staff and undergraduate students can now apply to take part in the 2019 research internship programme.

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