Chemistry Department strongly represented in the 2017 House of Commons STEM for Britain Competition

We are delighted to report that three of our students: Georgina GirtCharlotte Pughe and Jodie Coulston (L to R) have been shortlisted to showcase their excellent research in the House of Commons.

STEM for BRITAIN (formerly SET for Britain), an annual poster competition in the House of Commons which was started in 1997 by Dr Eric Wharton. The overall aim is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are an essential part of continuing progress and development of UK research and R&D.

The national competition is organized by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee together with Mrs. Sue Wharton and the learned societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry.  In order to encourage maximum participation by early-career researchers and Members of Parliament the competition is divided into five subject areas: Biological and Biomedical Science; Chemistry; Physics; Engineering; Mathematics.

STEM for BRITAIN Awards are made on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or early-career researchers together with their ability to communicate their work to a lay audience. There are gold, silver and bronze medals and cash prizes awarded in each of the subject areas.  The overall winner is picked by members of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee from the gold medal winners in each of the subject areas and receives the Westminster Medal.

There were over 500 posters submitted this year for this prestigious event and the Department has been very successful in getting 3 posters shortlisted. Jodie Coulston will be presenting her poster entitled “Nucleation and growth phenomena of silver in physical developer for latent fingerprint development” in the Physical Sciences Session. She will be describing her cutting edge research into methods for visualising latent fingerprints on a range of objects likely to be of relevance in crime detection.  Charlotte Pughe will be presenting her poster entitled “A tale of nanomagnetics: Freezing the atomic spins” in the Physical Sciences Session. She will be describing her work on developing nanomaterials with high magnetic moments that have a range of important potential applications in biomedical diagnosis and treatment and as building blocks in magnetic materials. Georgina Girt will be presenting her poster entitled “Synthesis of teixobactin analogues: Small cyclic peptidomimetic drugs to combat antibiotic resistance” in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Session. She will be describing her work on the synthesis of novel analogues of the recently discovered antibiotic teixobactin in studies aimed at the discovery of new agents to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Professor Paul Cullis has been asked by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and the RSC to be one of the national judges of the Chemistry Posters in the Physical Sciences Session, a role that he has fulfilled since 2009.

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