The Plymouth Student Scientist
- The Plymouth Student Scientist
Welcome to The Plymouth Student Scientist! This is an electronic journal showcasing excellence in undergraduate student research from the University of Plymouth's STEM disciplines. This online journal is the main output of a HEFCE-funded project, to support and develop research-informed teaching at the University of Plymouth.
The e-journal seeks to make the research process more accessible and explicit, by highlighting examples of good practice from across the STEM disciplines. It also aims to support both staff and student involvement, by acting as a teaching tool for staff and as a vehicle to promote and share student research activities.
It is hoped that the journal will encourage students to become more reflective and critical of their own research skills as they consider the work of their peers. It is with this aim in mind that all articles are presented, largely, in their original state complete with imperfections. In addition, we hope the journal will enable students to see a range of research activities and potential collaborations with staff at the University, encouraging further dialogue and enquiries. We welcome comments regarding this e-journal.
Opportunities to publish:
This applies to students from STEM subjects (only) that have received a 1st in their final year undergraduate project. There is no guarantee of acceptance, however, all will be seriously considered for publication. You are welcome to express an interest, although we would also suggest discussing your intentions with your project or dissertation supervisor. When all parties are willing, we finally require signed consent [please use this consent form] (N.B. this link requires a University of Plymouth login to access).
- Editorial Team
- Dr Jason Truscott (Principle contact and Editor)
- Dr Ruth Weaver (Editor and Associate Dean Teaching & Learning - Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Dr Karen Gresty (Founder, Editor and Associate Dean Teaching & Learning - Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- University of Plymouth Press
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(University of Plymouth, 2020)Sewer networks affect the entire world with the ability to bring clean streets to cities which may otherwise be completely disease-ridden. Ageing sewer networks present a problem, but new technologies are paving the way ...
(University of Plymouth, 2020)This paper considers the application of group theory to cryptography using a nonabelian infinite group (the braid group). The practical application of cryptographic protocols are determined by their security and feasibility. ...
The depositional environments and structures of the Borrowdale Volcanic Group and the Windermere Supergroup in the Southern Lake District, England (University of Plymouth, 2020)Field studies have been undertaken on the Borrowdale Volcanic Group (BVG) and the Windermere super group (WS) in the southern Lake District. This study has been conducted to provide further work towards the understanding ...
(University of Plymouth, 2020)Many of the large windfarms off the coast of the UK are founded on sandbanks and the movement of sediment from around the monopile foundations leave the structures susceptible to severe scour pits and significant scour ...
(University of Plymouth, 2020)A laboratory experiment was conducted in a 20 m flume tank at Plymouth University to investigate the movement of, and forces applied to, a pair of in-line cantilevered piles. 2-minute tests were run with a 64 mm diameter ...
Diet cola and glycaemia: The acute effects of a preload containing the non-nutritive sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame-K on the glycaemic response to a glucose load (University of Plymouth, 2020)Epidemiological evidence has linked non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) with potential adverse health outcomes such as obesity, metabolic dysfunction, and poor blood glucose control. This study aims to ascertain the acute ...
The Use of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate as a Partial Replacement for Sand on the Mechanical Properties of Structural Concrete (University of Plymouth, 2020)Negative environmental impacts caused by the over-extraction of sand have arisen due to the high demand of global concrete production. Subsequently, the need to find an adequate replacement for sand in concrete production ...
(University of Plymouth, 2020)Immune responses are costly, so organisms should invest in immunity when environmental cues indicate a high risk of infection. The density-dependent prophylaxis (DDP) hypothesis proposes that because the risk of infection ...
(University of Plymouth, 2020)Considering recent and predicted ecological changes (caused by global climate change), baseline monitoring of biological diversity becomes an extremely useful record to have. Citizen science provides a unique, low-cost, ...
Insights into Gene Expression and the Influence of Regulatory Mechanisms within Meningioma - A Bioinformatic Approach (University of Plymouth, 2020)Meningioma is cancer of the meninges, the protective lining of the brain and spinal cord. Currently meningioma is classified using WHO Grades (I-III) which is based on histological characteristics of the tumours. This ...