Louise Mason strikes Gold for engineering display in Parliament

Issued: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:19:00 BST

Louise Mason, 24, a PhD Researcher at The University of Glasgow and originally from Rutherglen, struck Gold at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her engineering research, walking away with a £2,000 prize and medal.


Her research, which focuses on investigating the mechanical properties of cells to study cancer migration and drug response was judged against 44 other shortlisted researchers’ work and came out as one of the three winners.


Louise presented her research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition STEM for BRITAIN, on Monday 12 March.


Louise said: “I was delighted to be accepted to take part in the STEM for Britain competition, as the event gave me the opportunity to present my research on cancer migration, interact with politicians and discuss my work with experts from a broad range of scientific fields.


“Winning the Gold Medal for Engineering has been a huge honour as there were many incredibly innovative engineers taking part in the competition. I would like to thank my supervisors and collaborators for all of their support and advice they have given me throughout the first year of my PhD in Biomedical Engineering.”


STEM for BRITAIN aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base and rewards some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.


Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group, sponsors of the engineering awards, commented: 


“WMG is delighted to sponsor the STEM for BRITAIN engineering awards for 2018.  Britain needs an economy built on technical innovation, improved productivity and long-term investment, therefore it is crucial that we support innovative research which has the potential to change the way we live.  The research being presented shows the great potential in the work of early career scientists in the UK.


“At WMG, we have focused on the practical applications of the highest quality scientific research for over 37 years, driving innovations in fields as diverse as battery technology and healthcare.  In the future, the engineers presenting today can make a similar impact on our society. We are proud to support their efforts, and the work of STEM for BRITAIN, Stephen Metcalfe MP and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in bringing together scientists and parliamentarians to demonstrate how engineering research can improve lives, grow the economy and build a stronger society.”


Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee said:


“This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.


“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”


The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry; with financial support from UKRI, Warwick Manufacturing Group, the Clay Mathematics Institute, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the Institute of Biomedical Science The Nutrition Society and the Society of Chemical Industry.