Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The College of Medicine and Health invites applications for Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURE) from undergraduate students in health-related disciplines in UCC to support their participation in research during summer 2023. The purpose of these awards is to foster an interest in research and to give the student an opportunity to become familiar with research techniques.

WHO should apply?

  1. Applications are open to students registered in an undergraduate programme within the School of Medicine, who are not in the final year of their degree course.
  2. Applicants must be studying full-time at UCC. The research must be carried out within the School of Medicine (SoM).
  3. Applicants must conduct the research with at least one SoM based supervisor. Additionally, the SoM based supervisor must have a direct reporting mechanism to a Head of a Department within the School of Medicine.
  4. Each applicant may submit only one application.
  5. Each supervisor may support only one student’s application.


Research Requirement

  • It is a requirement of this award that the proposed research aligns with the WHO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further information available here .
  • Please note successful applicants to the College of Medicine and Health, School of Medicine SURE awards will be required to submit a post project report outlining awardee details, project summary and achievements/outputs. Further information will be provided to successful applicants. 


WHAT is the value of the award?

Awards of up to €2,800 per student are available for a maximum of eight weeks’ research. 

  • €300 p/w x 8 weeks and €400 consumable budget

Applicants must provide details of the distribution of the award in the application form

Please note, all funds must be utilised before 1st September 2023, with any invoices relating to such funds to reach the Finance Office in UCC no later than 31st August 2023. Any invoices received after this date will not be accepted and therefore the funds will be void.


How many awards are available?

  • School of Medicine: 5 awards


Please note the School of Medicine, SURE awards are now closed to applicants


Any queries can be submitted to 



Summer Undergraduate Research Experience recipients 2022

Research Student  Research Supervisor  Research Title
Caoimhe Cronin Prof Liam O Mahony     Polarised lymphocyte responses to bacterial-derived Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) ligands
Matthew Jamer Power Dr John MacSharry The lung microbiome and severe asthma
Jungie Guo Dr Colm O Tuathaigh     A scoping review of the literature related to the availability and validity of smartphone-based apps designed to measure speech-in-noise comprehension
Yukta Ramesh Dr Juan Trujillo     An evaluation of the impact of dietetics involvement in the management of the egg ladder for IgE-mediated egg allergy patients in 2019 and 2021.
Mritunjay Marc Mukherjee Dr Orla P Barry Combining epigenetics and immunotherapy in the treatment of oesophageal cancer”.
Rachel Catherine Roberts Prof Aideen Sullivan  Validation of GDF5 as a neuroprotective factor for Parkinson’s Therapy: analysis of the expression of GDF5 receptors in the substantia nigra

School of Medicine SURE recipients 2019

Research Student  Research Supervisor Research Project
Samuel David Keogh Dr. Elizabeth Brint The role of interleukin-1 family members in the modulation and expression of programmed cell death-1 programmed cell death ligand-1 in neoplastic cell lines
Aoife Jones Thachuthara Professor Deirdre Murray Babyscreen Predictive Cohort Study: The investigation of a new screening method for cognitive assessments in early childhood
Samantha Leigh Wakerlin Dr. Justin McCarthy Generation and Characterisation of Proteolytic Cleavage-Resistant ACE2 Mutant for mammalian cell expression
Ruth Mook-Hay Yan Dr. Colm O'Tuathaigh Speech dicrimination in older adults: implications for health service utilisation
Eimear O'Mahony Professor Colin Bradley Challenges facing general practitioners in the wake of the cervical check scandal
Natalie Krakoski Professor Aisling Ryan & Dr. Collette Hand Characterisation of clinical and genetic features in members of a periodic paralysis family with a novel CACNA1S gene mutation

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