News 2014

IRES 2014 programme another success

16 Sep 2014

Visiting American Student International Research Experience (IRES) programme ends at UCC Lough Hyne labs.

After six weeks  working at the UCC labs at Lough Hyne Marine Reserve in West Cork, the visiting American students on the third year of the NSF funded competitive IRES programme have finished and headed back home to the US. The group from Universities in Oregon, Florida, Louisiana and New Hampshire  have over the last six weeks taken part in Research Field and lab skills training as well as long term monitoring programmes and conducted their own research projects throughout.

In addition, they worked on the Heritage Week Touch tank outreach event on Saturday 30th August with the Lough Hyne Research team showing off some of the common animals to the general public in the 8th year of this popular event. The IRES programme culminated last Wednesday when the entire group came to Cork City to the School of BEES to deliver research seminars about the projects they had been undertaking at Lough Hyne.

Dr Rob McAllen of the School of BEES says the programme has been hugely successful. "I would like to pay particular credit to the US programme coordinator Dr Cynthia Trowbridge from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and to thank all  my academic, technical  (especially Luke Harman) and admin colleagues in the School of BEES  for their help in making the programme such a great research and personal experience for all the students who have visited UCC over the last three years."


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