September 2012

Summer Student Research Awards 2012

Tue, 4 September 12 09:00

ResearchEach summer, approximately 60 undergraduate students from our five degree programmes undertake eight-week supervised laboratory or clinical-based projects in Ireland or overseas at one of our partner institutions. Participation, which is entirely voluntary, provides students with invaluable experience in the area of investigative medical science, and is consistent with the School's ambition to produce not just exceptional healthcare practitioners, but also life-long learners and world-class medical researchers.

As in previous years, the SSRA 2012 programme also offers students the opportunity to undertake a supervised project in conjunction with one of our partner charities/NGOs. This aspect of the programme is an important feature of the School’s Patient and Advocate Centred Education (PACE) Initiative.

Participating NGOs include the Irish Cancer SocietyMigraine IrelandRISEBodywhys and the Dublin Simon Community.  The patient-advocate aspect of the SSRA programme exposes students directly to issues that affect patients, and builds awareness of social responsibility and the role of voluntary organisations in advocacy and health research.

In September 2012, participants will showcase their research at a high-profile adjudication event, at which a team of more than 30 senior academics, consultants, clinicians and researchers will interrogate the quality of students’ research projects.

Six students will be chosen as finalists and will go forward to present their research at the SSRA awards night, which takes place on the 4th October at the UCD Debating Chamber, located in the new UCD Student Centre. The event will be hosted by Dr. Amanda McCann , Senior Lecturer at UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science and Chair of the Summer Student Research Awards 2012.

The finalists will be judged by a panel of clinicians, researchers and professional communicators, who will award gold, silver and bronze medals in recognition of research excellence. A special commendation award will be presented for excellence in research communication.