UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


UCL Natural Sciences student wins Posters in Parliament national competition

8 March 2019

Alice Pistono, 4th year student on the Natural Sciences MSci programme, was awarded first prize for her poster entitled, “DNA Degradation under shifting temperature conditions”. Her research supervisor, Dr Georgina Meakin, joined her at Westminster.

Students at Posters in Parliament

Alice was among 65 students presenting their original research to MPs in a national exhibition, Posters in Parliament, showcasing the best of undergraduate research from 31 UK universities.

The seventh annual competition, hosted by University of Sussex, took place on Thursday 7th March. It provides an opportunity for students to present their work, at the Houses of Parliament, to legislators and policy makers and to demonstrate they are part of a new generation of emerging researchers able to meet global challenges.

Also presenting was second year students with students: Ana Maria Ionescu, Delphine Tavernier, Roumyana Kotopanova, Maxim Sverjinski, Gonzalo Valdes Davila and Samuel Shannon who are second year students studying Biochemical Engineering, supervised by Dr Brenda Parker.

Presenting students from UCL discussed their research with Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, MP for Slough and UCL alumnus.

Mr Dhesi said of the event: “
As a proud alumnus of UCL, it is truly wonderful to see a team engaged in innovative research, which can truly transform our society. So many of us are truly concerned about sustainability out environment. It is great to see such innovative research.”

Other members of Parliament in attendance included: Gillian Keegan, MP Chichester; Stephen Loyd, MP Eastbourne; Ben Bradshaw, MP Exeter; Hilary Benn, MP Leeds Central; Paul Blomfield, MP Sheffield Central; and Rachel Maskell, MP York.

“When we think about research and researchers; we think about Postdoctoral and PhD students. But actually, research starts from the very first day of undergraduate studies. What we are seeing today is so impactful,” said Professor Stephen Hall, co-chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.