The students are taking part in the Institute for Mathematical Innovation’s Undergraduate Research Internship Programme (URI), which is running for the fifth consecutive year.

Open to students from all disciplines, the programme offers undergraduates an opportunity to work on a self-selected research project with a mathematical element for up to 10 weeks during the summer break.

The IMI research interns work closely with one or two academic supervisors, who support and guide the student throughout their internship.

In addition to conducting research, the student cohort receives training in academic report writing, producing an academic poster, presentation skills and literature research.

Students are also encouraged to present their research at a public poster display in the autumn, with the top three receiving a £100 prize.

A fantastic career starting opportunity for students

The breadth of the IMI programme makes it a fantastic career starting opportunity for students.

Dr Peter Allen, Deputy Director of the IMI, said: "We are delighted to welcome a new cohort of Undergraduate Research Interns to Bath this summer. The URI scheme allows students to learn first hand what it means to undertake academic research and helps them decide whether they would like to pursue postgraduate study in future."

This year’s students and supervisors come from the Departments of Biology and Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Politics, Languages & International Studies, Psychology, as well as the IMI and the School of Management.

Students receive a weekly £200 stipend. The URI programme is funded primarily by the IMI, and this year has received additional support from SAMBa, IPR and the LMS.

IMI student research projects, 2019

  1. Ecological modelling of smoking and mortality in the United Kingdom. Student: Georgia Stimpson (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr Theresa Smith (Mathematical Sciences).

  2. AI controlled in silico screening of new materials. Student: Emma Whitfield (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr James Hook (Mathematical Sciences).

  3. Developing hybrid models of reaction-diffusion processes. Student: Ethan Davies (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr Kit Yates (Mathematical Sciences).

  4. Computationally efficient algorithms for magnetic analysis of microsystems with applications in DNA sequencing and cell screening. Student: Eftychia Antoniou (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering). Supervisors: Dr Ali Mohammadi (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) and Professor Simon Bending (Physics).

  5. How genetic networks are rewired. Student: Tom Griffiths (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisors: Dr Chris Guiver (Mathematical Sciences) and Dr Nicholas Priest (Biology and Biochemistry).

  6. Development of a cluster-randomised clinical trial design. Student: Harriet Longley (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Professor Christopher Jennison (Mathematical Sciences).

  7. Investigating the flow structure in gas-turbine wheel-spaces. Student: Andrea Ruan (Mechanical Engineering). Supervisors: Dr James Scobie (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr Hui Tang (Mechanical Engineering).

  8. Modelling of a novel fluid lubricated face seal for aerospace applications. Student: Peter Mikhaeil (Mathematical Sciences and Physics). Supervisor: Dr Nicola Bailey (Mechanical Engineering).

  9. Developing control methodology for multibody systems incorporating nonlinear flexure couplings. Student: Nathan Routledge. (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering). Supervisor: Professor Patrick Keogh (Mechanical Engineering).

  10. A continuous approach to magnetic resonance fingerprinting. Student: Samuel Harwood Cortinhas (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr Matthias Ehrhardt (Institute for Mathematical Innovation).

  11. Predicting brand inferences based on distribution of beliefs about brand quality: are means more important than standard deviations? Student: Yichuan Fan (Mathematical Sciences).Supervisor: Dr Yvetta Simonyan (Management).

  12. The student housing market as an optimal stopping problem. Student: George Tyler (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr Jörg Franke (Economics).

  13. Strictly perfect equilibrium in second-price common-value auctions. Student: Calina Durbac (Mathematical Sciences and Business Management). Supervisor: Dr Elnaz Bajoori (Economics).

  14. Exploring the autonomous materials explorer: combining machine learning and chemical engineering applications of porous materials. Student: Laura Kondrataviciute (Chemical Engineering). Supervisor: Professor Tina Düren (Chemical Engineering).

  15. Capillary-scale dynamics of a floating object and wave-mediated interactions. Student: William Domínguez Capli (Chemical Engineering). Supervisor: Professor Paul Milewski (Mathematical Sciences).

  16. Longitudinal evaluation of the relationship between Developmental Language Disorder and conduct problems in children. Student: Nicole Marshall (Psychology). Supervisor: Dr Michelle St Clair (Psychology).

  17. Corporate board gender quotas and workplace policies. Student: Samuel Weinman (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr Ana Weeks (Politics, Languages & International Studies).

  18. What are the likely impacts of promoting green transport, particularly walking and cycling, for student/staff productivity and well-being at the University of Bath campus and are the changes that are necessary for significant results feasible? Student: Caroline Millan (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Dr Henrietta Sherwin (Management).

  19. A fundamental investigation into brush seal fluid dynamics. Student: Thomas Woelker-Darley (Mechanical Engineering). Supervisor: Dr James Scobie (Mechanical Engineering).

  20. A predictive model of human eye gaze with task relevancy, saliency and feature conspicuity in three-dimensional virtual environments. Student: Matthew Steele (Psychology). Supervisor: Dr Michael Proulx (Psychology).

  21. Variational integrators for fluid dynamics. Student: Charles Valdez (Physics). Supervisor: Dr David Tsang (Physics).

  22. Non-smooth dynamical systems and their applications to problems in mechanics. Student: Pietro Petitti (Mathematical Sciences). Supervisor: Professor Chris Budd (Mathematical Sciences).

Take part in next year's internship programme

Applications for next year's IMI Undergraduate Research Internship Programme will open in October/November 2019.

Academic staff and students: Please email s.terry@bath.ac.uk to register your interest and we will let you know when applications open.