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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running4
Available position1
Total ballots63
Valid votes63
Invalid votes0


Round Niraj Kumar Yangxinrui Ma Martina Jovancheva RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 32.00 27.00 4.00 0.00 0.50 31.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 31.50. Candidate Niraj Kumar has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Niraj Kumar.

Number of vacancies: 1


Martina Jovancheva
Hey everyone! My name is Martina and I am currently a second year Biomedical Sciences student. I absolutely love medicine, and I think that research is one of the most interesting and exciting parts of it. I am applying for the research and academic medicine chair, because I hope that I can truly contribute to the society, by organizing and hosting events about ongoing research in medicine, getting people to engage and inspire them to maybe start a project on their own. If I get elected, I also plan to send out monthly emails with news about interesting studies that have came out recently.
About me: I have spent a lot of time volunteering in hospitals and on variety of seminars in different fields of medical research. This year I was a Transition Mentor in my department, so I am used to organizing and hosting meetings in general.
Yangxinrui Ma
Hello! I’m Xinrui and I am running to be your MedSoc RAM chair.

During my role as a RAM subcommittee last year, I realised the importance of early research exposure to students. Not only it helps students to prepare for their dissertation in their intercalated year, but it also helps boost confidence in deciding their future training routes. However, there are only a few pre-clinical students who get this early research opportunities due to uncertainties about available resources or fear of contacting supervisors. I hope to change this by:

• Hosting introductory events before end of term 1 to inform students about available projects, and allow time for students to decide and apply

• Creating a calendar with different studentship/research scheme deadlines to allow students to navigate through research projects easier

• Using our existing social media as an advertising platform for other schemes such as ‘ROB the bank for medics’, ‘Acamedics’, ‘Rani Rawji studentships’ etc.

• Continuing with the RAM 1 to 1 mentoring scheme founded this year by me and my colleague, and empowering students finding their own project as well as easing their fear of contacting supervisors
Niraj Kumar
Hey everyone! I’m Niraj, a 3rd year intercalating in Cardiovascular Sciences. I am passionate to pursue academia and research and have been pursuing several relevant experiences. I have a proven track record of high-level research, and I serve as the Research Lead for ASiT Committee of Aspiring Surgeons (ACAS) and LifeBox GSA, where I supervise over a dozen global surgery projects.
It is with this understanding and involvement in research that I want to commit myself to improving availability and support for students undertaking research projects.

In addition to continuing the work of my predecessors, I aim to:
1. Create a guide, a series of workshops, and regular drop-in sessions (Agony Aunt style!) aiming to provide continuous support for students undertaking research and an avenue to obtain hands-on practical advice.
2. Reinforcing the research mentorship network, involving local doctors and collaborating with societies such as Acamedics, aiming to provide opportunities for keen students.
3. Growing the RAM conference: adding in a hackathon, specialist talks on the nuances of undertaking research as a medical student, and expanding its scope nationally.

I hope to bring enthusiasm, organisation, and a willingness to learn + collaborate with you all to make research an integral part of the UCL medic’s toolkit.