Students showcase their work at British Conference of Undergraduate Research

Five students from London Met were selected to present their research at this year’s British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Date: 10 May 2017

Natalia Sawicka, Elena Luca, Jorge Moreira, Lewis Anderson and Norman Guzzardi joined students from across the UK at the annual British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) to present their work at Bournemouth University on 25-26 April.

The BCUR celebrates undergraduate research across all disciplines. Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the conference. Each of the submitted abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted are invited to attend the conference, which takes place at a different university each year.

At this year’s conference, Biochemistry BSc student Natalia Sawicka presented a talk on her work with Dr Ken White titled “Inhibitory influence of branched chain amino acids and analogues on gluconeogenesis - implications for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.”

Natalia said: “Attending the BCUR was an exciting opportunity to reach out to other students from science degrees. It was also a great way of improving my ability to explain complex information to an audience coming from a wide range of professions. I would recommend you to challenge yourself with attending the BCUR.”

Other students who presented their work included, Elena Luca (Sport and Exercise Science BSc) with her poster on “The effect of cognitive tasks on star excursion balance test performance of Muay Thai fighters;” Jorge Moreira (Biochemistry BSc) on his work on “Design of cholinesterase inhibitors as therapeutic agents in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease;” Lewis Anderson (Chemistry BSc) with his research into “The synthesis of monometallic Iridium (III) complexes and their application towards cell imaging;” and Norman Guzzardi (Chemistry BSc) with “Total synthesis of marinoquinoline A: A potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.”

On presenting his work at the conference, Norman said: “BCUR allowed me to discover and immerse myself with the real world of university research running across the country. This experience has definitely inspired me to keep working hard in order to create and diffuse more and more knowledge.”

The trip was a success due to effort from Elina Zalite, Karl Grainger and Dr Sundus Tewfik.

Any students who wish to attend next year’s conference in Sheffield should contact their undergraduate project module leader.