LSHTM TB Centre MSc Students’ Project Fair

TB Centre student representatives organised an MSc Students’ Project Fair for all MSc students doing their summer projects on any aspect of TB.  The goal of the fair was to bring the MSc students and TB Centre experts, who are some of the leading global experts on TB, in one room for a rich but informal mentorship seminar. Opening the sessions, Titus Divala, TB Centre student representative, commended the students for being brave enough to organise their work and coming before an expert panel. He informed them that of the Centre’s commitment to invest expertise in students is one way of ensuring own expansion and continuity of its current global footing.

Each student was given five minutes to present their planned summer project and the expert panel was also given five minutes to provide feedback and guidance. Each seminar carried a special session on general tips for approaching and successfully conceiving an MSc thesis. William Rudgard and other PhD students who are ex-LSHTM MSc students, led this session along with experienced faculty who gave feedback from the thesis-marking perspective.

Nine students presented their planned work whose titles are shown in the table below. Seven TB Centre faculty members and three PhD Students participated as expert panellists. During the 11th June 2018 seminar, Yoko Lawrence, speaking on behalf of the TB Centre Director thanked the students for presenting their work with confidence and wished them well as they start field work. The 18th June seminar was closed by Tom Sumner who encouraged the students to maintain contact with the TB Centre and consider it their broader family and support system for resources and expertise.

In both sessions, students were given TB Centre branded gifts and were encouraged to present their thesis reports in a future seminar and to maintain connection with the Centre even after graduation. Students informed the organisers that they found the seminars as a very useful step towards successful fieldwork. For those who were unable to attend the second session was recorded and is available to watch by clicking here.

 

Student Name Project Title
Natalia Castano Villegas Where will it end? Evaluating the diagnostic journey after TB testing
Gillian Fraser The effects of a Cash Transfer Program on Respiratory Outcomes and Tuberculosis in Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya
Matija Tausan A secondary data analysis describing causes of hospital admissions; predictors for mortality and missed opportunities for clinical intervention among adults with advanced HIV admitted to hospital in South Africa from 2013 to 2015.
Sally Hayward A Literature Review of the Impact of Psychosocial Factors on the Expression of Biomarkers of Immunity: The Case of Tuberculosis
Laurence Bertrand Global variation in elective surgery for MDR-TB
Tom Samuels Where will it end? Evaluating the diagnostic journey after TB testing
Joanna Bruegel TB and migration policy in the UK
Peter Beckwith A secondary data analysis describing causes of hospital admissions; predictors for mortality and missed opportunities for clinical intervention among adults with advanced HIV admitted to hospital in South Africa from 2013 to 2015.
Marcus Carreon The effects of a Cash Transfer Program on Respiratory Outcomes and Tuberculosis in Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya

 

By Titus Divala, TB Centre Student Representative

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