Posted on 18 January 2017
Our postgraduate research students were invited to create exhibition pieces relating to their research. The finalists displayed their work at YorkTalks and one winner was selected for each category by our judging panel.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, presented prizes to the winner from each faculty as well as an overall prize. All nine finalists received certificates.
The winners were:
Charlotte's research studies tools and soil composition from the Meolithic sites of Starr Carr and Flixton Island to "to make visible the phantom traces of human behaviour left in the soil for the 12,000 years since".
"It was good to see what areas I struggled to discuss, that was useful in prepping for the viva! It was also good because I could see what areas were robust and what were underdeveloped just generally in terms of the project objectives. Great for getting new insights into other avenues I could explore from the people coming around - really encouraging researchers to come to this is the way to go I think.."
Michael's exhibit showed that far lower levels of antibiotics than expected can cause bacteria to evolve resistance. He presented what this could mean for modern medicine, which relies on antibiotics for routine medical procedures, encouraging us to think hard about what we can do to combat this.
"The PhD competition gave me a platform to share my PhD with a wider audience. It really helped my communication skills; I found that using metaphors really helped get my points across in a clear and understandable way. People were engaged, asked insightful questions, and made me think about my work in a wider context."
Rosie's research explores how high-profile cases have been presented in the media to investigate the public's role in criminal justice.
"This was a great opportunity to approach my research in a more creative way than my day-to-day PhD work allows; I was able to use different mediums and although it required more time and preparation than perhaps I had first imagined, I was happy with my finished project. I thought the day went very smoothly and was really enjoyable."
- Megan von Ackermann: Access Denied: Implications of the appearance of locks and keys in the archaeology of the early middle ages
- Ghada Alkuwaihes: Exclamatives in Gulf Arabic and Standard Arabic: Is there any difference?
- Michael Bottery: Observing the evolution of antibiotic resistance
- Kasturi Hazarika: Public art projects: artistic exchange between international artists for addressing critical concerns of urban space and ecology
- John Packer: Low temperature plasma vs prostate cancer; a new solution to an old problem?
- Shuang Qiu: Behind separation: Chinese couples living apart together
- Charlotte Rowley: Ghosts from a small island: investigating the 12,000-year-old traces of humans living on a lake island in Yorkshire
- Sam Simpson: Using a mobile game to help deliver therapy for a serious mental illness
- Rosie Smith: The spectacle of justice