Michaelmas Week 6

Messages From College

Shell and Churchill College Research Prize (£3000)

The Shell Prize will be given to the best research proposal from a final year Undergraduate or first and second year Graduate student in STEM. The request is for a (2 page) proposal. Group-entries are permissible, though naturally the prize-money would then need to be split among the group and each individuals contribution will need to be clear. More information on criteria and how to apply can be found on the College website.

MCR Events

Board Games in the MCR – TODAY @ 15:00

Come around to the MCR for a few games on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

CHUtalks – Thursday @ 19:30

This will be a special SCR Academic Seminar by Dr. Anna Young. Anna will speak on Preventing failure of tidal turbines. Cheese and refreshments to follow. Look out for an email from your Academic Officers with more details.

MCR Formal Hall – Friday @ 19:30

Get to know your MCR colleagues over a three course dinner! Pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR. Book on the website.

Welfare Social Tea – Saturday @ 15:00

Come to the MCR to decompress, have a chat or steal some caffeine and cake!

Around the University

ADC Theatre: High School Musical – Wed. – Sat.

High School Musical promises to be a hilarious, upbeat, nostalgic show that will be sure to shake off those Week 5 Blues! It’s on from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th November at 11pm at the ADC theatre. Ticket booking is here: https://adctheatre.com/hsm

CSAR: Climate Change, Storms, Floods, Uncertainty and Humans? – next Monday

The problems infrastructure engineers face in designing for climate change  

Who: Prof. Ian Cluckie, Swansea University  

When: 119:30 Mon 12 November 2018

Where: The Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS


Fitzwilliam Careers Fair – Saturday @ 15:30

Do you want friendly answers to your careers questions, plus advice on how to secure that graduate job, internship or spring week placement? Almost 50 Fitz alumni representing a wide range of jobs are coming back to the College to chat to students about what they do. Students from other Colleges are warmly invited – it is a great chance to have an honest conversation about different careers, or perhaps talk to someone in a career that won’t be represented at a big corporate fair. More information can be found on the Fitzwilliam website.

Research Studies

Brain Study While Asleep (£30)

We are looking for left-handers to participate in our Auditory Sleep experiment (£30 reimbursement). These are the next available timeslots:

Thursday        08-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          12-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        15-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          19-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        22-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          26-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        29-Nov  13:30-16:30

If any of the above slots doesn’t suit you, we can arrange a slot upon discussion.

What does the study involve?

The study uses EEG (electroencephalography) to record brain activity

while you listen to tones and respond using a button-press pad.

In the first half, we will ask you to stay awake and alert, and in the second half, we will ask you to get sleepy and drowsy.

The study will take place on Addenbroke’s Hospital (Herschel Smith Building), and participation will be rewarded with £30.

Am I eligible?

You should:

– Age 18-35

– Be left-handed

– Have no current or history of neurological or psychiatric conditions

– Be an easy sleeper (if you enjoy naps that’d be perfect)

– Not have participated in this experiment before

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in participating, please go to the following link:


There will be two prescreen questionnaires you need to fill out,

after which, you will be able to sign-up for the actual study. We will then contact you to confirm if you are eligible for the study and to give you more info about the day.

Looking forward to meeting you at our lab!

For more information, please contact me at srj34@cam.ac.uk

Survey on how light affects your mood

To explore the interest about improving lighting environment within the university, we would like to invite you to spend a few minutes to fill in a survey (see the link below). The survey is of course anonymous.


Who are we? – We are PhD students involved in a market research project in the Judge Business School EnterpriseTech programme. We want to assess the pains of students, postdoc researchers and academics suffering from winter tiredness or winter blues/SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and suggest solutions to improve people’s wellbeing regarding their lighting environments.