Student Hub

Welcome to SSRA 2021

Each year over 100 of our undergraduate students undertake supervised 8-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or educational research projects as part of the Student Summer Research Awards initiative.

We are delighted to welcome you to the Summer Student Research Awards (SSRA) Programme 2021. This 8-week elective module provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to undertake a supervised research project, with the potential of gaining 5 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 of researchers, clinicians and patient advocates.

Available Research Projects

Available projects for 2021 can be accessed here: Available Research Projects

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

SSRA Selection Process

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 2019 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.

How to Choose and Confirm your SSRA Project

  1. The SSRA home page 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 SSRA Student Project Application Form 2020.
  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 SSRA office with the project number and confirmation email from the Supervisor:

Exposure to Research

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.

SSRA Project Ethics

For the most part, we expect that SSRA projects will be exempt from full ethical review in UCD. 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 at this address:

For vetrinary medicine students please visit the following page for information on ethics:

Funding Opportunities

Please be aware that you can apply for more than one of these schemes in order to increase your chances of getting one. 

Check the closing dates for these schemes as some are in Jan/Feb 2020 


Alfred Myles Bursary

SSRA 2021 Alfred Myles Smith Bursary for Cardiovascular/Rare Cancer Research

Thanks to the generosity of the Myles Smith family, the UCD School of Medicine SSRA programme is able to offer 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 7 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 highly encouraged to independently seek out projects related to these topics. Once you have secured a supervisor/project, please complete the application form (SSRA student hub) and submit to at for review by 12pm Friday, March 26th 2021. 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 3 minute question and answer 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: 12pm Friday, March 26th 2021

SSRA Forms:


Due Date


SSRA Induction Book 2021 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 2020, for student information
SSRA Module Registration Form 2021 Friday 29th May 2020 This form can be submitted as a PDF email, or in hard-copy to SSRA Office C001 Health Sciences.
Alfred Myles Bursary Application Form 2021 n/a This form will only be sent to students with projects that are within the Bursary remit.
Abstract Submission Form 2021 Wednesday, 12th August 2020 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 Wednesday, 12th August 2020 This form is to be stapled into the front of your Lab Notebook.
Initial Meeting Form 2021 Wednesday, 12th August 2020 This form is to be stapled into the front of your Lab Notebook.
SSRA Lab Notebook Checklist 2021 Wednesday, 12th August 2020 This form is to be stapled into the front of your Lab Notebook.
SSRA Supervisor Review Form For Laboratory Notebook 2021 Monday, August 31st 2020 For Supervisors Only. Following the completion of your students SSRA 2020 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