MSci 2019

Issued: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:20:00 BST

Simon Guild, Olwyn Byron, Natalie Refault at MSci 2019

The School of Life Sciences MSci Conference Day took place on Wednesday 9 October, with students John Bergvist and James Shields winning the prizes for Best Work Placement Posters.

This popular event, which celebrates the School's flagship course, saw each student give a presentation on the role of the industrial or research organisation with which they completed their placement.

Orgainsed by adminstrator Natalie Refault and programme co-ordinator Professor Olwyn Byron, six presentation sessions were hosted within three separate rooms across the Bower seminar room, Wolfson Link seminar room and the Sir James Black Building.

Following the presentations, a poster reception was held at the Zoology museum, Graham Kerr Building at which Head of School Professor Simon Guild presented Best Poster awards certificates to two students:

Student John Bergqvist shaking hands with Professor Simon Guild

John Berqvist: A new form of actin cytoskeleton remodelling at Shigella-containing vacuoles


Student James Shields shakes hands with Professor Simon Guild

James Shields: Metabolic network Reconstruction of Methanoculleis bourgensis using a genome recovered from a Biogas Reactor sample


Professor Guild said: "As head of school, I don't get to meet students as often as I would like, so I always enjoy these sorts of occasions.

"Since I came to Glasgow, I've been very impressed by the MSci year placement course. It's our flagship programme and I'm proud to endorse it.

"It seems to be a great success; the students who go out seem to enjoy themselves. They do fantastic work and this hopefully proves to their advantage in the career path they choose.

"I was pleased to see so many people attend on Wednesday. I was extremely impressed with the quality of posters. I offer warm congratulations to our very deserving prize winners, John Bergqvist and James Shields."

The MSci with Work Placement programme is the School of Life Sciences' flagship course.

An integrated masters programme where some of the best of the School’s students are successful in securing the opportunity to spend 10-12 months out on placement within an industrial or research environment.

The placement, which students source these themselves and can be placed anywhere across the globe, takes place between levels 3 and 4 before returning to the University to complete the final year on campus.