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Welcome to Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA) 2021

Each year over 100 of our undergraduate students undertake supervised eight-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or educational research projects as part of the SSRA initiative.

We are delighted to welcome you to the SSRA Programme 2021. This eight-week elective module provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to undertake a supervised research project, with the potential of gaining five ECTS credits towards their degree programme. Projects take place during the third (summer) trimester in a variety of locations within UCD and at our affiliated hospitals.

SSRA is open to students from our undergraduate programmes. Students compete for the SSRA through poster and oral presentations. Presentations are adjudicated by a committee comprising  researchers, clinicians and patient advocates.

2021 Available Research Projects

 Available Research Projects

Please note that all SSRA 2021 Projects will be available to Students from late Nov 2020 to March 2021

Each year, senior researchers from across the School and affiliated clinical sites submit potential student projects to the SSRA committee for consideration. A list of available research projects is compiled on a rolling basis from mid-November each year and will be available here. Students can then contact potential supervisors.

This process connects high-level research to undergraduate students. Our Medicine, Radiography, BHLS and Physiology graduates are encouraged to see themselves not just as future healthcare practitioners but also as researchers and investigative scientists.

  1. The SSRA homepage has an Available Projects window
  2. This window will bring you to a Google page with all available projects in PDF format
  3. Having chosen a project, email the project Supervisor with a brief explanation of your interest in the research. You must include the completed Student Project Application Form 2021.
  4. Wait for the Supervisor to respond to your email (this can take a few weeks in some instances)
  5. If the Supervisor chooses you, please email the project number and confirmation email from the Supervisor to
In many cases, the SSRA scheme will provide you with your first experience of either laboratory or clinical based research. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop practical research skills, deepen your understanding of specific aspects of the programme or as a first step towards a career in clinical science.
The SSRA programme may offer a limited number of projects with affiliated charities and patient advocate groups. This strand of the programme, governed by the School's  Patient Advocate Centred Education - Research (PACE-R) initiative, enhances awareness of social responsibility, and the important role of voluntary organisations in advocacy and healthcare research. Establishing such a link at an early career stage will impact the professionalism of our graduates and on your lifelong engagement with patients, patient advocates and charitable organisations.
For the most part, we expect that SSRA projects will be exempt from full UCD ethical review. Various types of projects will fall into this category.
As some projects will require full ethical review by the UCD School of Medicine REC, please allow enough time for this to take place in advance of the project start date.
Further information and relevant Ethics compliance forms for the UCD School of Medicine REC can be found here
Vetrinary Medicine students, please visit
Please be aware that you can apply for more than one of these schemes in order to increase your potential to achieve one. 
Check the closing dates for these schemes as some will be in Jan/ Feb 2021  
Thanks to the generosity of the Myles Smith family, the UCD School of Medicine SSRA programme offers a bursary for research excellence in Cardiovascular/Rare Cancer research in 2021.
The Alfred Myles Smith Award of €1,000 will be made annually for the next seven years for the best project relating to Cardiology, Cardiac surgery, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine, or if there are no suitable cardiovascular projects are available, a project relating to rare cancers will be awarded instead.Projects that fall within the remit of Alfred Myles Bursary will be indicated on projects advertised in the SSRA Student Hub.
Students are encouraged to independently seek out projects related to these topics. 
The selection of the successful student/project for this bursary is based on an interview process where shortlisted students each present their research proposal and a three-minute Q&A session with a panel of UCD academics and clinicians.
If you are interested and would like more information on the SSRA Alfred Myles Award, please email
Student Deadline: September 1st, 2021

An annual award of the “Clare O’Connor Summer Student Scholarship in Respiratory Research” to the value of €2,000, will be made to a UCD medical student for excellence in Respiratory Research (laboratory based) within the UCD Belfield Campus and/or its affiliated University Hospitals.

The Clare O’Connor Summer Student Scholarship in Respiratory Research awards have been created thanks to generous donations by a number of individuals via Prof Muiris X FitzGerald, former Dean of Medicine and founder of the SVUH Cystic Fibrosis Unit.

Dr Clare O’Connor was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine, UCD and led a major research team at Woodview House from 1981 to 2003. In 2008 she was appointed Graduate School Director in the UCD Conway Institute until her retirement in 2014. Her distinguished research and teaching career centered on applied immunological, biochemical and genetic research on respiratory diseases in conjunction with Professor MX FitzGerald, Professor Seamus Donnelly and other respiratory investigators at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. She secured major research grants in Ireland and from the EU Concerted Action Programmes. She led the Euro Lung Consortium, which involved UCD and the Universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham, Siena and Leiden.

Medical students are highly encouraged to independently seek out projects related to respiratory medicine. If your project falls within that remit, please complete the Clare O'Connor Application Form (SSRA student hub) and submit it to for review by September 1 st 2021.

Deadline September 1st 2021.

The selection of the successful student/project for this award is based on an interview process where shortlisted students each present their research projects proposal and a 3 minute question and answer session with a panel of UCD academics and clinicians.

About the Kathleen Lynn Summer Student Scholarship

This annual award is in memory of Dr. Kathleen Lynn (b. 1874-d.1955), a remarkable medical graduate of UCD/St Cecilia at the end of the 19th century. Her extraordinary life is detailed in her biography - Kathleen Lynn: Irishwoman, Patriot, Doctor by Margaret O’hOgartaigh. Dr Lynn was Chief Medical Officer in James Connolly’s Citizen Army, a revolutionary who occupied Dublin’s City Hall in the Easter Week Rising of 1916 and was imprisoned and deported to Britain. Later, she was elected as a Sinn Fein TD in the 1918 and 1923 elections. She performed pioneering medical work in St. Ultan’s Hospital Dublin, which she co-founded with Dr Dorothy Stopford-Price and was a leader in the prevention and care of tuberculosis in children. A Lecture Theatre in the UCD Health Sciences Centre is named in her honour.

The annual award of the “Kathleen Lynn Summer Student Scholarship in the History of Medicine/Humanities in Medicine” to the value of €2,000, will be made to one UCD medical student each year, who is sponsored conjointly by the UCD School of Medicine and the UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD School of History. (The applicant can work with another School in UCD College of Arts and Humanities).


Who is eligible?

Any UCD medical Students enrolled in either the UEM or GEM programmes.


How to apply?

UCD medical Students must email the following to:


1. Personal statement detailing your interest in the History of Medicine (250 words maximum). Please include the topic you wish to investigate for your SSRA project and why. Examples of topics include: history of epidemic disease in Ireland (such as polio, 1918 flu pandemic, Tuberculosis (TB)), history of chronic diseases such as cancer, or the history of psychiatry in Ireland. These are examples only to provide applicants with some guidance.

2. Short CV (max 2 pages)    


Student applications will be assessed by members of the SSRA Committee and a representative from the UCD Centre for History of Medicine in Ireland. A formal virtual interview process will take place in April and a student will be chosen for the Scholarship.



Friday March 5th 2021



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SSRA Forms



Due Date


SSRA 2021 Induction Book No due date - For information only This booklet is for student information
SSRA Key Dates 2021 No due date - For information only Key Dates for 2021, for student information
Module Registration Form 2021 SSRA Friday 28th May 2021 This form can be submitted as a PDF email
Alfred Myles Bursary Application Form 2021 n/a This form will only be sent to students with projects that are within the Bursary remit
2021 Abstract Submission Form 11th August 2021 This form to be submitted as a portion of your abstract submission
Student Project Application Form 2021 n/a This form is to be sent by Students to potential Supervisors when first applying for an SSRA project
SSRA Ethics Approval Form 2021 11th August 2021 This form is to be stapled into the front of your Lab Notebook
Initial Meeting Form 2021 11th August 2021 This form is to be stapled into the front of your Lab Notebook
SSRA Lab Notebook Checklist 2021 11th August 2021 This form is to be stapled into the front of your Lab Notebook
SSRA Supervisor Review Form For Laboratory Notebook 2021 Monday, August 30th, 2021 For Supervisors Only. Following the completion of your students SSRA 2021 project, can you please complete and sign the following assessment form and forward in PDF format to
International SSRA Student Testimonial Form 2021 Due on return from your SSRA international Project This form is to be completed and sent as PDF to, must cc in email
SSRA Module Descriptor MDSA 30280 2021 No due date - For information only This form is for student information
Module Requirements for 5 Credit and Audit 2021 No due date - For information only This form is for student information
SSRA Laboratory NotebookReflective Journal Grading Rubric No due date - For information only This document highlights all necessary requirements for the Laboratory/Reflective Journal
Clare O'Connor Scholarship Application form 2021 1st September 2021 Application for Clare O’Connor Summer Student Scholarship in Respiratory Research