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SRUC postgraduate students showcase their research

Published Wednesday, 27th March 2013 in Postgraduate Studies news

Post Grad conference 2013

This year’s SRUC Postgraduate Research Conference in King's Buildings was bigger than ever, with forty-five students presenting their work in posters and lectures over the two days.

Seventeen first year students each gave a ten minute talk on their research topics, with eight students in their third year presenting their research findings in fifteen minute presentations.

In the Arcade there was a competitive element to the poster session with delegates able to vote for their preferred poster presentation. Eighteen second years, and two visiting students from Brazil, presented posters on their research.

The winner was Kasia Maslowska from the Animal and Veterinary Sciences research group. Her poster on “The effect of immunisation against gonadotrophin-releasing factor (GnRF) on circulating testosterone and the development of sexual behaviour in ram lambs” is part if investigation into alternative castration methods.

Runner up in the prize for the best third year presentation was Laura Watson, who spoke about modelling wildlife disease surveillance. The winner was Peter Alexander whose talk was on “modelling the perennial energy crop market: the role of spatial diffusion”. In essence it was a model matching supply of biomass with demand from optimally sited power plants.      

Peter’s supervisor, Professor Dominic Moran, was delighted with his win:

"Peter is already widely published in peer-reviewed international journals, and this prize is well-deserved recognition that his PhD research has been making a significant contribution to the public debate on biomass energy in the UK."

All three winners were presented with their prizes by SRUC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb.

Professor Geoff Simm, Vice Principal Research, said:

“I am always impressed by the range and quality of our PhD students’ presentations and this year was definitely no exception. It is a great barometer of our academic health that we have a growing and vibrant postgraduate research student community in SRUC.”

Both Peter and Laura go forward to represent SRUC in the Inter-institutional Postgraduate Research Competition, hosted this year by the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen on 23 and 24 May. Last year the winner of that competition was SRUC’s Sophie Eaglen – so no pressure then!

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