November 2017 | Samhain 2017

Call for SSRA2018 Projects

Thu, 16 November 17 17:03

We are delighted to announce that the Summer Student Research Awards (SSRA) Programme 2018 is open for project submission.

Proposals are sought for eight-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or educational research projects, to be undertaken by our undergraduate students within the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering and Architecture during Summer 2018.

If your project has ethical approval, or is exempt from full ethics review, we ask that you upload a copy of the relevant approval letter to our new online form. If you do not think your project requires ethical approval, or exemption from full review, there is an option on the form for you to select. However, we will ask you to state why you think this is the case (for example, the intended project might involve a student reviewing data that is already in the public domain).

These measures were put in place to assist us all in complying with the mandatory ethics requirements for UCD undergraduate students undertaking research as part of their degree programmes.

For submitting projects, you must upload your project to the form that is available here.


Key Dates

SSRA Launch: Thursday 30th November 2017

Projects to be submitted by 22nd December 2017

SSRA Introduction Meeting: Monday 21st May 2018

SSRA Mid-Review Meeting: Tuesday 3rd July 2018

SSRA Poster Presentation Night: Tuesday 18th September 2018

SSRA Gold Medal Night: Wednesday 26th September 2018


About SSRA

Our Student Summer Research Awards initiative is designed to offer our students an early exposure to research methods, to instil an appreciation for the importance and relevance of research in medicine and indeed inspire them to consider a career as a clinical scientist. The initiative has evolved to encompass research by students from medicine, biomedical science, physiology, radiography, veterinary science and bioengineering.

Each year over 125 students undertake supervised eight-week laboratory, clinical or patient/advocate-centred research projects in Ireland or at one of our international partner institutions. The programme brings to life the University’s commitment to foster in our students a passion for enquiry, discovery and investigative research.

Students are required to summarise their research through a poster competition where they present their work to a faculty review panel. A selection of poster presentations are invited to make oral presentations at the School's Student Summer Research Awards ceremony in October/November.