Emma McCarthy, a third year University of Birmingham Physical Sciences for Health student, has been accepted to present her research poster at a prestigious science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition being held at the Houses of Parliament on 12 March.

Emma has been chosen to take part in STEM for Britain research poster competition for early-stage researchers. Emma's research will be judged within the “Biological and Biosciences” category. Researchers will compete for the STEM for Britain Medal and Prize for best poster.

The event will take place during British Science Week British Science Week, a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

STEM in Britain is designed to raise the profile of early stage researchers and foster greater dialogue and engagement between early-stage researchers and Members both in Westminster and in their Constituencies. Participating researchers will have the chance to present and discuss her research with MPs.

Originally established in 1997 as SET for Britain (Science, Engineering and Technology), the annual event was relaunched in 2008 as STEM for Britain. This year's event is sponsored by Mr Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the STEM for BRITAIN organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

Physical Sciences for Health  is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme that draws on skills and expertise from across the spectrum of science, engineering and medicine at Birmingham. It is based in the Centre for Doctoral Training, set up through an EPSRC award to train high quality engineering and physical science graduate students in a multidisciplinary environment.