The Kennedy Institute held a one day student symposium providing students the opportunity to interact with their peers and present their research to staff from across the Institute.
The meeting consisted of a programme of 25 short talks from 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, and culminated with a keynote presentation from computational biomedicine pioneer Professor Peter Coveney (University College London).
The Symposium also offered the opportunity to welcome the 11 new students joining the Institute in 2016. Interactions continued after the talks at a drinks and nibbles reception.
Speaking of the event, the Institute’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Chris Murphy said: Our first Kennedy Institute Student Symposium (endearingly called 1st KISS!) was organised by the students themselves, with the aim of empowering them. The student chairs kept time perfectly, and introduced the student speakers in a less formal way, with a funny fact about the presenter. This set the scene for a most engaging day of talks and the students showed great interest in invited speaker Professor Peter Coveney’s provocative talk on computational biomedicine. I particularly want to thank the 1st KISS organising crew of Clarissa Coveney, Philippos Demetriou, Sarah McCuaig and Sumayya Nafisa Khan– you all did a truly magnificent job! This symposium will now be a regular annual event for our students, by our students.
Each year, the Kennedy Institute offers up to six four year Kennedy Trust Prize Studentships that provide a competitive stipend and four years of funding. The Institute also hosts students funded through other competitive programmes such as those run by charities and research councils and other University of Oxford schemes.
Applications for 2017 Kennedy Trust Prize Studentships are now open.