Students get insight into research careers at conference

Student Research ConferenceMore than 40 Faculty of Social Sciences students attended the third Faculty Student Research Conference.

The annual conference gives undergraduate students the chance to find out more about the research process and network with students from other disciplines. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students were able to present their research to an audience of peers and Faculty academics.

Presentation and poster entries were judged by the Student Ambassadors for Learning & Teaching (SALT) team.

Professor Jackie Marsh, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, said:“The Faculty Research Conference provides a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about the research process, as well as offering them information about relevant guidance and support available to students in the University.

“This year, the quality of submissions was excellent, and it was great to see the enthusiasm students had when discussing their research. The conference offers students first-hand experience of sharing their work with others and all who took part found it extremely valuable."

Attendees were welcomed by Q-Step leader and Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning, Alasdair Rae, who also gave a keynote speech on ‘101 maps, or thereabouts: why data visualisation is only part of the story.’

Students were able to attend drop-in sessions with Dr Todd Hartman, Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences, on presenting statistical data. While Professor Hugo Dobson from the Department of East Asian Studies also provided information on the Global Leadership Initiative.

Work undertaken on the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme, Sheffield Methods Institute course modules and verbal presentations were showcased at the event.The conference concluded with prizes awarded to students for the best posters and presentations. The winners were:

Best SURE poster - Jasmine Chong
Best Q-STEP poster - Isobel Bochel
Highly Commended Q-STEP poster - Tom Grier
Best student presentation - Leyla Gayibova/Tom Elliot and Jessica Low
Best student poster - Rhi Williams

The conference was arranged by the Social Sciences SALT team in collaboration with the Social Sciences Faculty Events team.