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Doctoral Research Conference 2015 – University of Reading

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Doctoral Research Conference 2015

This was the Graduate School's third Doctoral Research Conference and as in previous years, the focus of the conference was the work undertaken by current doctoral researchers at Reading. Over 200 doctoral researchers and research staff came together to listen to presentations by the four Faculty finalists in the PhD Researcher of the Year Award and the 12 finalists in the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Outside the Lecture Theatre, conference delegates could view the entries to the Research Poster Competition and the Research Image Competition. The conference also featured a highly entertaining performance of this year's winning Reading 'Science SLAM' entitled 'Powdery Milwho?' by Oliver Ellingham, a PhD researcher in the School of Biological Sciences. PhD Researcher of the Year Award The Graduate School's most prestigious competition. The four faculty finalists (see below) each had to give a short presentation at the conference on their doctoral research and their time at Reading. This year the PhD Researcher of the Year Award was awarded jointly to two PhD students: Adeyinka Adewale (Henley Business School) and Graeme Marlton (Faculty of Science).

PhD Researcher of the Year 2015 Faculty winners

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Krissie West (School of Literature and Languages)
Henley Business School Adeyinka Adewale (Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour))
Faculty of Life Sciences Rui Catarino (School of Agriculture, Policy and Development)
Faculty of Science Graeme Marlton (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences)

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Arguably the most popular part of the conference, doctoral researchers from across the University have just three minutes to present their work in an entertaining and engaging way using just one power point slide to help them. This year Bridget Ogwezi, a doctoral researcher from the TSBE Centre, School of Construction Management and Engineering, won both the overall prize and the People's Choice Award, voted for by the conference audience.

Research Poster Competition

This year's competition attracted over 25 entries and featured the work of doctoral researchers from across the University. First prize went to George Savill, a doctoral researcher from the School of Agriculture, Policy & Development / Rothamsted Research.

Research Image Competition

The Research Image Competition gives doctoral researchers the opportunity to present a visual angle on their work. This year's entries featured diverse images ranging from a close up of a rice panicle to a jelly made of blueberry juice to the launching of a weather balloon. The overall winner was submitted by Shirley Keeton, School of Biological Sciences and entitled 'Nuclear activity in sub-cellular galaxies'

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