RCSI runs an annual Research Summer School (RSS) that provides an opportunity for undergraduate students across all campuses (RCSI, Bahrain and Perdana) to become involved in research projects during the summer months.
The vast majority of the projects are funded through the Research Office in conjunction with the Alumni Office, SARA Office, The Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust, the Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland, the Madeleine Farrell Bequest and the Boulos Hanna endowment for Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare.
Projects range across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from molecular biology and cognitive science to clinical investigation and bioethics.
Participants selected for the programme spend usually 8 weeks in the summer (June-July) in a laboratory or clinical setting, working on a research project under the supervision of a RCSI Principal Investigator (PI). This structured programme includes Research Skills Workshops and the Friday Discovery Series, whereby our students directly interact with researchers from the research community. During this time students are also encouraged to participate in laboratory meetings, data analysis and journal clubs. Approximately 80 and 120 students participated in the RSS in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In addition, the RSS empowered our students to create their own Research Conference: ICHAMS (International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students; www.ichams.org). This RCSI led, award winning, event gives our students the opportunity to showcase their research findings through oral or poster presentations.
At the end of their eight week project, students as required to submit an abstract of thier research, a poster and a powerpoint presentation. This gives them the ability to submit their research to conferences. It is also compulsory for students who received funding to present their work at the following years Research Day which includes two awards for excellence in undergraduate research presentation.