14 May 2024

Spotlight on science as Abertay showcases top graduate projects

Best of Abertay talent takes centre stage at the 2024 Generation Science event

An exciting showcase of top graduate talent in science has made its annual return to Abertay University. 

Known as Generation Science, the event spotlighted the work of final-year students from Abertay’s Biomedical, Forensic Sciences, and Food Sciences programmes.  

Taking place on Wednesday 8 May 2024 in the University’s Old College, this year's edition featured an impressive exhibition of over 50 student projects.  

Topics covered included investigating diet's impact on managing Parkinson's symptoms, to pioneering cancer-targeting methods, and even utilising spores and fungi in forensic analysis for civil and criminal cases. 

Andrea Cameron, Dean of the School of Applied Sciences, said 

Generation Science is a real highlight in our academic calendar where the talent and creativity of the students in the School of Applied Sciences is on full display. It’s wonderful to see such innovative projects on show this year, a clear testament to the commitment our students have shown to their studies alongside invaluable support offered by our staff team. I have every confidence that all graduates this year will accomplish great things, whether in their chosen careers or as they pursue further academic pursuits.

The event also featured a prize-giving ceremony to recognise the most innovative Honours projects from across the different School of Applied Sciences' disciplines. The winners were: 

Beyond its academic focus, Generation Science emphasises community engagement, inviting members of the public and industry representatives to participate.  

Before the poster display, a group of college students had the chance to tour the exhibits, engage in hands-on experiments, and gain insight into the work being showcased. 

Funding for prizes was generously gifted by an Abertay donor who is a former student, The Bonnetmakers Craft of Dundee and Abertay supporter, Charles River. 

Tia Whitton received the Bonnetmaker Craft award for the Best Forensic Science Poster, while Saoirse Tierning was honoured with the Charles River prize for the Best Biomedical Science Poster.  

Bruce Donaldson, Deacon of The Bonnetmaker Craft of Dundee, said:  

The future of our city, and country, depends on highly motivated and capable young people being given opportunities. The Bonnetmaker Craft of Dundee recognises that and is pleased to support this initiative. Having personally attended this show in previous years, I thought it was fitting that the Craft could sponsor a number of prizes within the Biomedical Science and Forensic Science Courses. Furthermore, I was delighted at the ready support I received from the committee in agreeing to the sponsorship. Today marks the start of further collaboration between academia and industry within Dundee.

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