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UCL student wins 'Graduate Inter-University Poster Competition'

25 April 2003

The winners of the UCL 'Graduate School Annual Poster Competition' and the 'Graduate Inter-University Poster Competition' have been announced.

Laura von Hertzen's winning entry

The 'Graduate School Poster Competition' was divided into four categories and held on 11-12 March 2003. A total of 158 entries were made and the winners of each category were awarded £400 each, with 12 runners-up receiving £100 each.

Ms Anna Apostolidou (Anthropology) and Ms Philippa Patrick (Archaeology) were awarded joint first prize in the Arts & Humanities, Laws and Social & Historical Sciences category. Ms Karin Shmueli (Medical Physics & Bioengineering) took home the £400 prize for her poster 'High Field MRI - The Phantom Menace' in the Built Environment, Engineering and Mathematical & Physical Sciences section.

Rasha El Kassas (Biology) won the Life Sciences category for her presentation of 'Biological Control of Orobanche Crenata'. Ms Laura von Hertzen (Wolfson Institute) took first prize in the Clinical Sciences section for her poster 'Unravelling the Secrets of Memory: A Transcriptional Study'.

Ms Hertzen said: "My research concerns the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. For the design, I tried not to overflow the poster with details. At the end of each section, I had a brief summary of the content of that section, making it easier to grasp the message. I think that making the poster was very useful. It made me think about how to explain in simple terms a relatively complicated area of science. Also, it allowed me to see where I stand with my research, and I found it a helpful preparation for the talk I will be giving at the 'Learning and Memory' meeting in the USA next month."

Ms von Hertzen also went on to win the 'Graduate Inter-University Poster Competition', held on 13 March 2003. Thirty UCL posters were picked by the judges to go through to compete with entries from Imperial College, Cambridge University and Oxford University, where they were judged by a panel of academics and students.

Professor Stephan Strobel, Vice-Head of the Graduate School for Biomedicine and chair of the inter-university competition, said: "The competition really is a challenge and a great platform for research students of all faculties to present and discuss their results. I was extremely impressed by the high academic and artistic standards the posters displayed. Congratulations and thanks to all participants, judges and especially to Laura!" 

Image: Laura von Hertzen's winning entry.

To find out more about the competitions use the links below.

Graduate School Annual Poster Competition
Graduate Inter-University Poster Competition