Student Summer Research 2019

Mr TiarnĂ¡n Byrne, winner of SSRA 2015 - 540 x 393

Each year, over 100 of our undergraduate students undertake eight-week supervised laboratory, clinical or patient-advocate projects in Ireland or at one of our partner institutions.

The programme brings to life our commitment to foster in our students a passion for enquiry, discovery and investigative research. Participation 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.

Visit the SSRA Student Hub here.

Our Student Summer Research initiative culminates in the UCD School of Medicine Annual Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA 2019) which takes place on Wednesday 25th September 2019.

Researchers | Submit Your Project

SSRA 2019 Open for Project Submissions

The Student Summer Research Committee is pleased to invite research project proposals for our 2019 Student Summer Research Programme. 

Proposals should provide eight-week laboratory, clinical-based or Patient/Advocate-Centred Eduction (PACE) research projects, to be undertaken by our undergraduate students within the School, at UCD affiliated Teaching Hospitals and affiliated community or voluntary organisations during summer 2019.

Proposals should be submitted using the online form on our Supervisor Hub page. It is important to register your project as soon as possible to ensure that it is available to the full cohort of participating students.

Research proposals are welcomed from across the School and its affiliated clinical partners. It is a great way to kickstart your own research ambitions or share your expertise with the next generation.

Students | Start Your Research Here

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate students to the 2019 Student Summer Research Programme.

This 8-week elective module provides:

  • A supportive environment to undertake a supervised project in a leading research group
  • The potential to secure 10 ECTS credits towards your undergraduate degree programme.
  • The opportunity to work within our world class research laboratories
  • The chance to work with patient advocate groups or at one of our affiliated clinical sites.
  • An opportunity to present your own work to senior academic faculty
  • The chance to win a coveted SSRA Medal

The initiative is open to students from all our undergraduate programmes.

Participating students compete for the Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA) through poster and oral presentations of their research projects. Presentations are adjudicated by a committee of principal investigators, senior clinicians and patient advocates from across the School and the Ireland East Hospital Group.

Patient Advocate Groups

Through our 'Patient & Advocate Centred Education' initiative, the School is committed to producing caring, compassionate, patient-focused healthcare professionals and so seek every opportunity to engage with patient support groups.

Early and continued patient contact is a hallmark of our undergraduate degree programmes. These contacts encourage our students to maintain strong patient empathy and inspire them in their vocation. And, we hope, help make better doctors.

We understand that for many patient advocates it is necessary to evaluate current service provision or build the evidence base for new clinical developments.  We can provide an enthusiastic undergraduate student who can help deliver these investigations.

We welcome contact from Patient Advocate groups who would be interested in participating in our 2019 Student Summer Research initiative. If you are interested in participating, please contact