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Research Student Public Lecture Prize 2015

The Graduate School is happy to seek nominations for the INSIGHTS Public Lecture Prize.  In 2011 and 2013 research students from the Faculty of Medical Sciences were chosen by a competitive process to present their research. These talks were very well received by the Public Lecture audience. We are keen to replicate the tremendous success of this event with a new slot in the Public Lecture series next May.
Previous Public Lecture Prize events can be accessed at:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/item.php?three-tales-from-the-biomedical-frontier
and;
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/item.php?three-tales-from-the-biomedical-frontier1

The Faculty Postgraduate Tutor and Skills Development Co-ordinator are requesting academic staff to nominate research students (PhD, MD, DClinPsy) to take part. Six of the students nominated will be chosen to receive specialist training in delivery and content selection,  there will be a further selection process and three of the six will then be selected to present their work with the others remaining as reserves. All will receive a certificate to mark their achievement.

If you are an experienced presenter we would encourage you to seek a nomination from your supervisor or other academic staff who have witnessed your presentations. Supervisors will be asked to provide a list of presentations you have given or have planned. Judges will endeavour to witness these presentations if it is possible, for example you may be presenting at the Translational Genomics of Rare Diseases and Cancer IGM and NICR research day on 11th December 2014.

The following information has been sent to research student supervisors:

The Graduate School would be pleased to accept nominations for the Medical Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Public Lecture Prize.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is offering three doctoral research students (registered in the Faculty of Medical sciences) the prize of a presenters’ slot in the prestigious University INSIGHTS Public Lecture series http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures/. Six nominees will be selected to receive a certificate and expert training in public speaking. From this shortlist, three final winners will then be chosen to present in the Public Lectures series on Tuesday, 5 May 2015; they will also receive a small cash prize.

Judges will be looking for confident presenters who are able to explain their research clearly to a broad audience.

Nominations must be from academic members of staff. Nomination form below:

http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=7280

The deadline for nominations is Friday, 16 January 2015.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at medpg-dev@ncl.ac.uk.


MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Final

The final of the competition was on 1st October in London.

We learnt in August that Tom Hall, an Institute of Neuroscience PhD student was one of 13 finalists in the MRC Max Perutz Science Writing competition. The competition asks MRC funded PhD students to write 800 words about why their research is important so that a non-science audience can understand it.

 The final of this years competition was on 1st October and we can now announce that Tom was awarded a commendation for his article: 'Brain computer interfaces: science fiction or science future?'

First place went to Christoffer van Tulleken (UCL), and second place was awarded to Wiebke Nahrendorf from the MRC National Institute for Medical Research.

Well done Tom, we hope to be able to publish his article in full here soon.

You can find the full story on the MRC website, here.


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