Fostering early development of research skills within our undergraduate student body.
The Research Summer School Programme provides our undergraduate students across all campuses (Dublin, Bahrain and Perdana) an opportunity to become involved in research projects during the summer months. Students selected for the programme spend usually 8 weeks in the summer in a laboratory or clinical setting, working on a research project under the supervision of an 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/clinical meetings, data analysis and journal clubs. At the end of their eight week project, students as required to submit an abstract, a completed poster and a powerpoint presentation of their research findings.
Students and projects are funded through the RCSI Dean’s Office, the Alumni 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. Successful stusent are provided with a stipend for up to 8 weeks in total only.
Projects range across a broad spectrum of disciplines: biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, molecular oncology, neurosciences and physiology, pharmacology, and cognitive science to clinical investigation and bioethics.
In addition, the RSS empowered our students to create their own Research Conference: ICHAMS (International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students; www.ichams.org). ICHAMS is an award winning conference, winning Best Student Project at the the Irish Health Care Awards in 2013. The conference gives our students the opportunity to showcase their research findings through oral or poster presentations with their own peers both local and international.