Faculty research stars present findings in Parliament

parliamentRising academic stars from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and the School of Mathematics and Statistics will today present their research in Parliament.

PhD students Chris Nelson, Daniel Toolan, Hannah Mumby and Helen Southern were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to take part in SET for Britain – a poster competition for early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists held in the House of Commons.

Chris’ poster on research about how small-scale explosive events in the solar atmosphere influence the hot outer reaches of the sun and Daniel’s dynamical studies of spin-coated polymer films will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the Physics category of the only national competition of its kind.

In each category, the gold medalist wins £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

Chris, from the University’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, said: “It’s exciting to be able to present my work to MPs from across the country.

“This opportunity is really unique and I’m really looking forward to it. It should be a great day.”

Hannah’s research about survival and reproduction in Asian elephants and Helen’s poster about how sperm structure influences whether or not fertilisation is successful will be judged in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session.

Hannah, from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, added: “I applied to take part in SET for Britain because communicating my research is a passion of mine.

“Given that I work with endangered elephants, I owe it to the elephants to spread the word about how great science can improve their survival prospects.”

Helen, also from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, added: “I’m sure I’ll meet some very interesting people and I hope to get them excited about research into biological science.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical industry.

(via www.sheffield.ac.uk/news)

Find out more about SET for Britain