Summer Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Summer Studentship programme provides an excellent opportunity for students to undertake a project, lasting normally between 6-8 weeks, in one of our Research or Education Centres. Students work as part of research or education team including Academic Staff, Postdoctoral staff and postgraduate research students. These studentships offer students a chance to gain valuable insights into basic biomedical research as well as the educational process. Projects range from molecular cell biology studies in cancer, diabetes and immunology to the design of new elearning material and curriculum development.
Studentships are normally undertaken in the period between June and September and students are expected to work Monday to Friday on a full-time basis. Applications are normally welcome from Queen's students and students from other universities undertaking a degree in a relevant discipline such as Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical/Biosciences. As well as projects funded by the School, externally funded summer studentships from funding bodies such as The Wellcome Trust may also be available.
Students who participate in this program make a significant contribution to research projects and the teaching experience. Student outcomes include improved project management skills, insights into the underlying mechanisms of human disease and a deeper understanding of the medical curriculum. Outputs from the programme include written reports, oral presentations and poster communications at national and international research and education conferences.
Details of available summer studentship opportunities in each of the Research or Education Centre will be advertised on their respective webpages. Please note the process and deadline for each centre vary by centre.
Queen's students who successfully undertake a summer studentship placement have the opportunity to apply for Degree Plus. Introduced in 2008, Degree Plus provides Queen's students with a vehicle for accrediting learning and skills developed through extracurricular activities. The award is open to all full-time and part-time undergraduate, and postgraduate taught students, and you will receive the Award alongside your degree when you graduate. Employers are looking for graduates who can demonstrate that they have the skills needed for workplace success – the Degree Plus Award will help you do this. Many activities you participate in – whether you serve as a Course Rep or have a part-time job or are engaged in voluntary work - may be allowing you to acquire important employability skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and commercial awareness. The Degree Plus Award allows these skills and this experience to be formally recognised.