On Friday 15 April Oxford Brookes held their first ever University-wide research conference showcasing current undergraduate and postgraduate student research.
Third year History of Art student Vy Tran presented her research on the representation of food in 17th-century Dutch still life
Free and open to all students, staff, and the wider community, the event consisted of an informal marketplace where students could present their research in a poster format.
Third year History of Art and Film studies student, Vy Tran, presented her research on the representation of food in 17th-century Dutch still life.
Speaking about her motivation to take part in the event, Vy said:
“I decided to take part in the event because I wanted to present my undergraduate research to a wider audience than just people on my course. The chance to publish my research is a worthwhile opportunity and as an undergraduate student, there are not many chances to do this. I also really wanted to take part in this event to challenge myself and see what I could gain from it.”
Over 60 students presented their research at the conference with research ranging from the use of lasers to visualise plant responses to pests, across disciplines to cult mind-sets linked to the radicalisation of terrorists. The wide scale of the event allowed students from different disciplines to share knowledge and gain experience in a professional academic context.
“The best thing was that I met so many students from different disciplines and got to learn about their fascinating research through friendly conversations. As a result, I gained new knowledge and felt more connected to the rest of the university. Overall it was a great and well-organised event, and I would highly recommend other students to participate next year."
The conference was organised as part of a larger programme to enhance the Student Experience. More information on Get Published! and other projects can be found on the PESE webpages.