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From the Cloisters to presenting in front of policymakers

24 January 2020

UCL’s annual search for the most innovative undergraduate research in the UK is now underway. Enter by 31 January!

UCL Posters in Cloisters

Who is eligible to apply

Are you a current undergraduate student? Do you have interesting perspectives on topics that you have come across during your degree programme, internships or any other extracurricular activities and projects, such as Laidlaw Scholars?

Posters in Cloisters

UCL is now inviting current undergraduate students to submit their research in poster form to be exhibited at the UCL Posters in Cloisters exhibition taking place on 12 February. You will need to be available between 12–2pm to present your research to staff and students.

How to submit

Posters must be orientated in portrait layout and be A1 in size (841mm x 594 mm) and submitted as PDFs here. Click here for details on how to get your poster printed and submitted.

Two individual students or teams will be shortlisted and selected to present their work at the Houses of Parliament. The Posters in Parliament competition is part of the annual British Conference of Undergraduate Research that brings together around 40 students from across the UK to present their work to senior policymakers and the public at Westminster.

Feeling nervous? Don’t be! UCL has had two national winners already, so your chances are looking positive.

Make a societal difference

Enya Gomes Clynch and Dougie Head were selected to represent UCL and present their research on using coffee grounds as a renewable energy source.

Little did they know how many influential people their idea resonated with: “We were approached at the event by an Energy Adviser in Parliament who has since supported us and even wrote a letter of recommendation for a grant we recently applied for!”

Level up your presentation skills

Zane Mitrevica who presented her rather complex research on how the brain produces behaviour by analysing the brains of fruit flies, recognised how important it is to present research in an engaging and concise way.

“Condensing scientifically detailed information into something that everyone can benefit from is not as easy as it might seem. In fact, I feel that an ability to modify my presentation on the spot based on the particular listener is my most important takeaway from this great experience.”

Enhance your CV, gain a plethora of transferable skills employers love to see. Develop your independent research skills and be better prepared for writing dissertations or postgraduate study.

UCL prides itself on being one of the world’s top research-led institutes. Now you have the chance to forge your own path in academia.

Maya Elese

Key dates

  • Posters will be on exhibition in the Cloisters from 10am–4pm on 12 February 2020.
  • You and/or your team will need to attend to present your research between 12–2pm.
  • Deadline to submit your PDF poster: 31 January 2020.
  • Date for Posters in Parliament to be announced.