Geography student takes research exhibition to museum in Kansas

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Get Published student research conference

A research project highlighting how a community in Kansas will prepare itself for future tornados will be exhibited this month by an Oxford Brookes Geography graduate.

As part of her third-year studies, Alex Hamilton completed a research project about a tornado that hit a small town in Kansas, USA. Throughout the project, members of the community pledged responsibilities to work towards remaining prepared for future tornado events. These pledges will be at the centre of the exhibition which will have a place in the community’s local museum and has been covered by the press locally.

The project came after Alex presented her research at Oxford Brookes’ first, University-wide Get Published! Student Research Conference in April 2016. The conference was part of an innovative project called Get Published! which is focused on helping Oxford Brookes undergraduate students to publish their research to a wide audience.

All of our students who displayed at the conference have taken a great deal from the opportunity and I’m looking forward to making this student research conference a regular feature in Brookes’ calendar of events.

Professor Helen Walkington, Project Manager for Get Published!, Oxford Brookes University

Speaking about her experiences taking part in the project, Alex said: “Get Published! has given me the opportunity to share my research with others, not only within my discipline, but outside of it as well.

“It has allowed me to gain recognition for my work and has given me the confidence to continue doing research and striving to get it published.”

Professor Helen Walkington, Alex’s geography research mentor and Project Manager for the Get Published! project said: “Our first conference this year was very successful with close to 400 people coming to hear about our students’ research. It is fantastic to hear that Alex is expanding her audience even further through this museum exhibit after working on a research project that is so valuable to the community she has been working with. 

“All of our students who displayed at the conference have taken a great deal from the opportunity and I’m looking forward to making this student research conference a regular feature in Brookes’ calendar of events.”

Get Published! is one of eight projects which make up the University’s Programme to Enhance the Student Experience (PESE)

More information about studying Geography at Oxford Brookes can be found on the Department of Social Sciences webpages.

Pictured: The Get Published! Student Research Conference in April 2016.