A large group of researchers and students from across campus gathered this Wednesday to view the IMI's first-ever undergraduate research exhibit.

The event was organised by the IMI to give the Institute's many interns an opportunity to showcase the findings of the research project they have worked on over the summer alongside their faculty mentors.

Visitors were particularly impressed by 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 Paddock Department of Mathematical Sciences

Poster title: Classification of dry powder inhalers

Marius Mueller Department of Chemical Engineering

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

Natasha 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 Begoña 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 the 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.

Applications are now open for researchers and undergraduate students who would like to take part in the programme.