May 18, 2018, by Lisa Chin
Postgraduate Showcase 2018
This post is written by Dr Jiin Woei Lee, Research Training Development Manager.
Up until 2017, the Graduate School had been organising an annual event called the Research Showcase; a poster and presentation competition for postgraduate research students to communicate their research projects to a non-research lay audience. However, for 2018 we decided to be inclusive of the entire postgraduate community. Therefore, the event was re-branded to Postgraduate Showcase and participation was welcomed from both taught and research postgraduate students.
The poster round competition was held on 3 May 2018. We were honoured to have three judges: Ms Zai Hamid Yeomans, Director of ZH Management Group Sdn Bhd; Mr Suhaimi bin Abdul Majid, Sector Head for the Examinations Syndicate of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia; and Ms Nengaswary Maniam, Incubation Manager of the Business Engagement and Innovation Services at the University.
It was a pleasure to have Dr Nurul Huda Abdul Karim, Senior Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry from the National University of Malaysia (UKM), as a member of the audience. We were also delighted to host a group of five postgraduate students from UKM. “It was such a great experience! I was glad to have the chance to experience ‘Nottingham’ in Malaysia. The poster presentation was great and I was able to learn more about the research undertaken at this university. I hope to come again in the future“, quoted one of the UKM postgraduate students. Our own postgraduate student representatives, Olaoluwa Duro-Bello, Janet Tan Sui Ling and Muhammad Saad, were on site to provide their assistance in welcoming and ushering the members of audience.
Best Press Release (RM100 cash prize) – Anusha Devi Nawoor, School of Biomedical Sciences
Best Poster (RM500 cash prize) – Phon Mun Haeng, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Best Communicator (RM250 cash prize) – Anusha Devi Nawoor, School of Biomedical Sciences
Overall Winner (RM1,000 cash prize) – Anusha Devi Nawoor, School of Biomedical Sciences
The winner’s participation experience
“As postgraduate students, we are always cooped up in lab or in front of our laptops as we strive for daily progress in our research. Event like this gives us the opportunity to get out of our bubble and hone our interpersonal skills with the public.” – Anusha Devi Nawoor, Overall Winner & recipient of the Best Press Release and Best Communicator awards, Postgraduate Showcase 2018
We would like to thank the judges, UKM visitors, postgraduate student representatives, guests and especially the competitors for making the event a success. We hope that the competitors had a valuable learning experience. Communicating to a non-research audience is challenging and at the same time, rewarding as researchers would need to communicate with taxpayers and potential funders who may not have a research background. We would also like to thank everyone who has provided us with constructive feedback for us to improve in future events.
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