Congratulations to CANES PhD Student Evan Sheridan (cohort II) who won the Bronze Award for Physics at the STEM for Britain awards for early-career researchers held in parliament recently (http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/index.asp).

The awards are given for research excellence and its communication via a poster competition. From hundreds of entrants across the sciences, the judges chose 180 to display their posters at the exhibition in Westminster on the day, including 30 in physics, with final judging taking place on the day.

Speaking after the event, Evan said:

“I applied to STEM for Britain in December of last year and it was very exciting to learn that when I had been accepted the event would take place in Portcullis House, just a stones throw away from the House of Commons. The event was attended by early stage researchers from all over Britain, their respective MPs and a comprehensive panel of judges.

On the day I had the pleasure of meeting my own MP, Marsha De Cordova, and we had a stimulating discussion about my research, the future of scientific funding in the U.K and I even managed to mention some of the other work being done at KCL and in CANES.

As the judging commenced, I described how the methods I have developed throughout my PhD could be used for the design of next generation materials for smart technology applications.

It was very much to my surprise that I had won a prize among all of the outstanding candidates who were presenting and I’d like to thank everyone in my group and collaborators who enabled the research to take place.”