Research Summer School
During the summer months, students accepted into the RCSI Research Summer School get the opportunity to participate in activities that are designed to develop core skills in scientific writing, presentation, data management, statistics, ethics and research involving patients.
Students are also given laboratory practicals that focus on basic research techniques, and other hands-on activities to develop skills in computer modelling and simulation.
Participating students who undertake an eight-week project and are supervised by RCSI Principal Investigators who are experts in their chosen fields. These supervised projects can be lab, desk or ward-based, but all aim to research important health-related problems and focus on improving future patient care.
The summer school aims to immerse participating students in a world-class research experience that will benefit their professional development and enhance their educational experience while studying at the RCSI.
Student Innovation Challenge
Another exciting opportunity for our summer school students is the RCSI Student Innovation Challenge. Here students are presented with the challenge to devise an innovative approach that addresses a problem facing modern healthcare delivery.
Each team is mentored by a leader who is an RCSI-affiliated academic and researcher. Over a four-week period challenge teams work together to develop their idea before pitching to a panel of eminent RCSI and industry judges at a fun afternoon of presentations that marks the end of the challenge.
Previous challenge topics have focused on neurological and psychiatric disorders, population health, biomaterials and regenerative medicine, surgical science and practice, and vascular biology. All of this is coordinated in collaboration with the RCSI Office of Research and Innovation.