Chemical Engineering


4 Aug 2020

Naval Singh - Chemical Engineering Winner at the 2020 Summer Showcase

Naval virtual prize giving

This year’s Loughborough University Doctoral College Summer Showcase took place from 29th June – 3rd July and for the first time, was run entirely online.

Twelve researchers were nominated for their outstanding academic performance, achievement and contribution to their School and the University, above and beyond their own research.

Usually, there are only two winners of this prestigious prize, but the judges were so impressed with the shortlist this year they decided to award three, which included a £100 cash prize. 

Naval Singh - Chemical Engineering, was one of the researchers awarded, pictured at the virtual award ceremony, top left.  The judges were very impressed with Naval’s publications, teaching awards and wider contribution.

Naval was nominated by his PhD supervisor Dr Guido Bolognesi on the basis of outstanding academic performance, achievements and his contribution to the School of AACME, (Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering), and Loughborough University over and above his own research.

Naval's academic achievements include several internally and externally funded travel grants for attending international conferences and visiting partner laboratories, oral and poster presentations at international conferences and two prizes for best poster presentations at the ECIS Conference 2018 and SCI Postgraduate Scholars' Showcase 2019.  Naval also contributed to education and teaching activities within School, for which he received twice, the LU's PhD Teaching Award in 2018 and 2019.

In response to receiving the award, Naval stated:

"I am very flattered and feel honoured for the prize and recognition I have received for my doctoral work. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor, Dr Guido Bolognesi, for his guidance, encouragement and advice throughout the PhD journey. I deeply appreciate Dr Goran Vladisavljevic for his support. I must extend warm thanks to Dr Duncan Stanley and Dr Katryna Kalawsky from the Doctoral College."

This is not the first time we have been able to celebrate Naval's achievements, as stated above.  As well as the formerly mentioned awards, Naval was awarded the Elsevier Award at the European Colloid and Interface Society Awards in 2018, which can read more about here

The virtual event allowed the doctoral community to still come together despite the challenges of COVID-19, sharing their research and taking part in various interactive sessions such as quizzes and workshops hosted by doctoral researchers, the Library and the Careers Network.

Because the event was virtual, doctoral researchers were encouraged to take a more imaginative approach to showcasing their research. Many of them submitted poems, comic strips, posters and even baked theses, such as the one shown below created by Katrina Duncumb, former Design with Engineering student, currently undertaking a PhD with the Wolfson School sports bra design.

K Duncumb cake

From these submissions, five entrants were randomly selected to each win a £20 Amazon voucher as a thank you for their efforts.

As seen in previous years, the Summer Showcase also held the Three Minute Thesis – a tense competition where doctoral researchers are required to present their research to an audience in no more than three minutes using just one static slide.

Eleven researchers took part, and the winners were as follows:

  • 1st Prize: MJ Brown (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)
  • 2nd Prize: Sally Ahmed (School of Business and Economics)
  • Delegate’s Choice: Sui Lu (Loughborough University London)

The second and third researchers who also won the prize, along with Naval were:

  • Monia Del Pinto (School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering) – The panel agreed she was a worthy winner given her research contributions and substantial wider work for the School and the University.
  • Fiona Meeks (Loughborough University London) – Fiona has done fantastic work as an ambassador for the University and the panel were impressed with the other contributions she has made to the community.

Professor Elizabeth Peel, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for the Doctoral College commented: “I was impressed to see 50 Doctoral Researchers engaging in the showcase in a variety of new and creative ways, and nearly 300 logging into the dedicated Summer Showcase LEARN site.

“The talents of our postgraduate research community shone through despite the remote format. I look forward to seeing this more diverse form of the showcase go from strength to strength.”

The Chemical Engineering Department and the School of AACME offers Naval their congratulations and we await the next next news from him in regard to his academic achievement!