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Welcome to Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA) 2023

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. 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.

Available Research Projects

You can access SSRA Projects HERE.

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 which can be found on the Student Hub Page of the SSRA Website.
  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

Veterinary 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. 


National Haemophilia Council Medical Students Project Requirements for 2023 for Haemophilia & Other Related Bleeding Disorders



The National Haemophilia Council (NHC) was set up by the Government, under Statutory Instrument mechanism (SI No. 451 of 2004) in response to the recommendations of the Report of the Lindsey Tribunal.  The NHC reports directly to the Minister for Health on all matters concerning the delivery of health care to people in Ireland with Haemophilia or other related Bleeding Disorders.

The Council is composed of a Chairperson, together with Medical, Nursing, and other related Health Care professionals, representatives of the Department of Health and two representatives from the patient organisation, the Irish Haemophilia Society.


Undergraduate Medical Student Elective

To encourage the involvement of undergraduate medical students in the area of Haemophilia and other related disorders, the Council decided to create 4 awards, each of €1,000.00 for student projects in this area. The Council encourages the presentation and / or publication of the completed project at a relevant National and/or International meeting or in a relevant publication.



Application can be made by 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year medical student from any Medical School in Ireland. The Project must be undertaken with guidance and agreement of a Haematology Consultant involved in the provision of comprehensive care to patients with haemophilia or other related bleeding disorders in Ireland.  The Medical Students need to get agreement from the appropriate treatment centre before they submit their application to the NHC


The Comprehensive Care Centres are located in the following Hospitals:

Professor Niamh O’Connell, Director, National Coagulation Centre, St. James’s Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8


Dr Beatrice Nolan, Consultant Haematologist, National Paediatric Haemophilia Centre, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, Cooley Rd, Crumlin, Dublin 12, D12 N512 .


Dr Cleona Duggan, Consultant Haematologist, Comprehensive Care Centre, University Hospital Cork, Wilton, Cork


Professor Niamh O’Connell, Director, National Coagulation Centre, St. James’s Hospital, James’s Street Dublin 8, for the Haemophilia Treatment Centre based at University Hospital Galway, Newcastle Rd, Galway, H91 YR71



Application Requirements

Applications (short curriculum vitae and cover letter describing the potential benefits anticipated from participation) should be made in the first instance to the Director of the relevant Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centre / Haemophilia Treatment Centre. Each centre will be responsible to identify a suitable candidate and agree an abstract for the proposed project.

The applicant should submit the agreed abstract, of no more than 500 words, giving an overview of the proposed project to the National Haemophilia Council by 5pm on Monday 17thApril 2023.

The submissions should be sent to the following email address:

If you have any queries please contact:

Ms Gráinne Leach,

Chief Officer,

National Haemophilia Council,

Health Service Executive,

Mill Lane,


Dublin 20, D20 KH63
087 6546463

The Council will inform the successful applicants before Monday 1st May 2023.  The decision of the National Haemophilia Council is final.


Final Submissions

The report of the completed projects should be submitted to the National Haemophilia Council by the 31st October, 2023 

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.
The Alfred Myles Smith Bursary 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 Smith 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 Alfred Myles Smith Bursary, please email
Student Deadline: September 1st, 2023

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 1st 2023.

Deadline September 1st 2023.

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 3rd 2023



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SSRA Forms

SSRA Student Project Application Form (2023)


Due Date


SSRA Induction Book (2023) No due date - For information only This booklet is for student information
SSRA Key Dates (2023) No due date - For information only Key Dates for student information
SSRA Module Registration Form (2023) Friday 26th May 2023 This form can be submitted as a PDF email
Alfred Myles Bursary Application Form (2023) n/a This form will only be sent to students with projects that are within the Bursary remit
Abstract Submission Form (2023) 9th August 2023 This form is to be submitted as a portion of your abstract submission
Initial Meeting Form (2023) n/a This form should be completed by you and your supervisor at the START of your project. It should be included within your research report/lab book (credit students)
SSRA Ethics Conformation Form (2023) 9th August 2023 To be submitted electronically as one PDF with your research report/lab book (credit students)
SSRA Lab Notebook Checklist (2023) 9th August 2023 To be submitted electronically as one PDF with your research report/lab book (credit students)
SSRA Supervisor Review Form For Laboratory Notebook (2023) Monday 28th August 2023 For Supervisors Only. Following the completion of your students SSRA project, can you please complete and sign the following assessment form and forward in PDF format to
Student Testimonial Form (2023) 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 (2023) No due date - For information only This form is for student information
SSRA Module Requirements for 5 Credit and Audit (2023) No due date - For information only This form is for student information
SSRA Laboratory Notebook Reflective Journal Grading Rubric (2023) No due date - For information only This document highlights all necessary requirements for the Laboratory/Reflective Journal
Clare O'Connor Scholarship Application Form (2023) 1st September 2023 Application for Clare O’Connor Summer Student Scholarship in Respiratory Research 
Kathleen Lynn Scholarship Application Form (2023)  Friday, March 3rd 2023  Application for the Lynn Summer Student Scholarship in the History of Medicine/Humanities in Medicine. 
SSRA Student Project Application Form (2023) No due date for this document This form should be completed and sent to potential Supervisors when applying for projects