As a STEM student, we understand that disciplinary focus is often your main priority when selecting the best and most rewarding study abroad experience. We offer a range of exciting summer research projects in five great locations: Australia, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Spain. This list below highlights the range of project choices on offer, alongside their locations and their availability.

These programs are highly competitive and fill up fast. Once you decide your project preference please get your application in to us. We would recommend you also keep in mind an alternative project should your preferred option be already taken. 


2019 Research Projects

 


Animal Behavior

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Understanding colour perception in coral reef fish Brisbane Reserved
Behavioural predictors of broiler health and welfare London Open

 


Aeronautical / Mechanical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Manufacture of a Composite Nose Cone for a Formula Student Car Limerick Open

 


Aerospace / Materials Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Finite Element Modelling of Quenching Aluminium Alloys to Account for Thermal Fluid Interaction Limerick Open

 


Astronomy

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Hunting for massive black holes in globular clusters Brisbane Open
Modelling the structures observed in Protoplanetary Disks Brisbane Open

 


Atmospheric Science / Meteorology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Influence of Anthropogenic Pollution in Clouds Formation Granada Open
Statistical Analysis of Clouds Properties During a Radar Campaign Granada Open
What are the Effects on Global and Diffuse Shortwave Solar Irradiances During 10 Years of Desert Dust Episodes Over Southeastern Iberian Peninsula? Granada Open

 


Biological Science/Genomics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Brett Ferguson Project A: Discovery and Characterisation of New Components Required for the Development and Control of Legume Nodules: those required early in the molecular process of legume nodule development Brisbane Open
Brett Ferguson Project B: Discovery and Characterisation of New Components Required for the Development and Control of Legume Nodules: acting to control legume nodule numbers Brisbane Open
Brett Ferguson Project C: Discovery and Characterisation of New Components Required for the Development and Control of Legume Nodules: regulated by acid soils to inhibit nodule formation Brisbane Open

 


 

Biomedical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Trans-thoracic echocardiography using a robotic arm London - Kings Open 
Fetal ultrasound using a multi-arm robotic system London - Kings Open 
Surgical repair of the rib cage using 3D printing London - Kings Reserved
Public Engagement Project London - Kings  Open 
Assessment of a physical simulator for key-hole lung surgery London - Kings  Reserved 
Chest wall motion assessment post-thoracic surgery London - Kings  Open 
Development of a pulsatile blood flow pump London - Kings  Open 
Use of glasses-free stereoscopic displays for teaching and learning of anatomy London - Kings  Open 
Assessment of the HTC Vive for surgical planning in cardiology London - Kings  Reserved
Construction and testing of a low-cost 3D printer  London - Kings  Open 
3D printing of prosthetics using a novel silicone printer  London - Kings  Open 
Detecting Atrial Fibrillation From Wearable Sensor Signals London - Kings Open
Estimating Blood Pressure From Wearable Sensor Signals London - Kings  Open
Estimating Cardiac Output From The Arterial Blood Pressure Signal London - Kings Open 
Unobtrusive Respiratory Rate Monitoring Using Accelerometry London - Kings Open
Using Smart Wearables To Identify Patients At Risk Of Falls London - Kings Open
Role of Meninges in Concussion: Mechanical and Structural Characterisation of Porcine Meninges Membrane Limerick Open
Experimental Emulation of Capillary Flow Limerick Reserved

 


Biomedical Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Breast Cancer projects Aberdeen Reserved
Immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes Brisbane Reserved
Novel approaches for preparation of targeted nanoparticles for autoimmune diseases Brisbane Reserved
The role of outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) and their potential as vaccine candidates Dublin Reserved
Circulating extracellular vesicles in the very premature infant Dublin Reserved 
Genotypic and Phenotypic Characterisation of freshly isolated strains of Campylobacter jejuni Dublin Reserved 
Physiological regulation of human urea transporters Dublin Reserved
Association of Gut Barrier Dysfunction with the Microbiome in Colorectal Cancer Dublin Reserved
Activating AMPK for the treatment of DMD London Reserved

 


Biomimetics & Flight Dynamics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Flow sensing on the wing for insect flight control London Open

 


Cancer Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Breast Cancer projects Aberdeen Reserved
Determining the potential of natural projects to induce cytotoxicity in human cancer cells Aberdeen Reserved
Novel immunotherapy targets in B cell lymphoma Brisbane Reserved
Role of GHR-mediated signalling in melanoma Brisbane Reserved
Does hypoxia trigger cancer cell transdifferentiation in some glioblastoma cells?  London Reserved
Do some bile duct cells in Cholangiocarcinoma transdifferentiate into other cell types?  London Reserved

 


Cell Biology / Developmental Biology

PROJECT NAME Location PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Heads or tails? Stem cell programming during planaria flatworm generation Aberdeen Reserved
Breast Cancer projects Aberdeen Reserved
Study of a new receptor target for brain disease Aberdeen Reserved 
Effect of Serine/Threonine Phosphorylation in Growth Hormone Receptor on Signalling Brisbane Reserved
Activating AMPK for the treatment of DMD London Reserved 
Do extracellular vesicles play a role in vascular inflammation in hyperglycaemia London Reserved 
Identifying Cellular Mechanisms for the Skeletal Benefits of SFX-01 London Reserved 
Can extracellular vesicles isolated from cows milk affect human immune cell responses in vitro London Reserved
 The role of in vivo modulation of mechanical signals London Open
 microRNA regulation of embryonic cell development London Reserved

 


Chemistry

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Metallodrugs to treat complex skin problems Brisbane Reserved
Development of novel continuous flow methods to generate drug-like building blocks Dublin Reserved
Design and Development of Transition Metal Catalysts for Promoting Hydrogen Storage Dublin Reserved 
Synthesis of a pyridine-based, glyoxal urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) inhibitor Dublin Reserved 
Study of molecular probes of non-canonical DNA Dublin Reserved
Development of carbon nanohorn based therapies Dublin Reserved 
Molecular magnetic behaviour in metal oxalate chains Dublin Reserved
Use of non-natural amino acids to investigate proteins structure-function relationships Dublin Reserved 
Materials for Electrocatalytic Energy Conversion and Storage Glasgow Reserved 
Self-organization of Titanium based multi-nuclear clusters Glasgow Reserved
Development of the Meta-Smart concept using an engineered nanofabricated structure  Glasgow Reserved

 


Computer Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Mobile Immersive VR exploration of the HCI possibilities Dublin Reserved
Exploring Educational Programming Data in the Blackbox Dataset Dublin Reserved 
What you see is not what you get: spatial audio and the McGuirk effect Dublin Reserved
miRTarPred – microRNA Target Prediction Dublin Reserved

 


Ecology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Living at the front Dublin Reserved
Depicting personality traits in fallow deer (Dama dama) fawns at capture Dublin Reserved 
Human-deer interactions in the Phoenix Park, Dublin: a study aimed at creating a wildlife management model Dublin Reserved

 


Endocrinology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
How do endocrine disrupting chemicals contribute to pituitary tumour development? London Reserved

 


Environmental Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Emma Gagen Project A: Understanding the microbiology behind transformation of coal mine spoils to functional soils Brisbane Open
Emma Gagen Project B: Microbial iron cycling for accelerated rehabilitation of iron ore mines Brisbane Open
Photosynthesis and Transpiration in Olive Trees Under Different Scenarios of Climate Change Granada Open
Drivers Involved in Photosynthesis and Soil CO2 Emissions in an Olive Orchard Granada Open 
Relating Aerosol Optical Properties to Emission Sources Granada Open 
Atmospheric Aerosol Particles and CO2 Flux Observations over an Undisturbed Peatland Granada Reserved 
Potential Health Impact of Ultrafine Particles Under Different Urban Atmospheric Conditions Granada Reserved

 


 

Geoscience

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
 Supervolcanoes: the Phlegraean Fields of central Italy Glasgow Open 
 Cryovolcanoes: the volcanoes of the outer solar system Glasgow Open 
 The big volcanoes of Scotland: Ben Nevis Glasgow Open 
 The big volcanoes of Scotland: Glen Coe Glasgow Open 
Monogenetic volcanoes in our Solar System Glasgow Open 

 


Immunology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Can extracellular vesicles isolated from cows milk affect human immune cell responses in vitro London Reserved

 


Life Sciences

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Mesophiles and Thermophiles in the Urban Environment Glasgow Reserved
Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model Organism for Genetic Screens Glasgow  Reserved
Viruses and Bacteria in Freshwater: A Historical Record of Past Pollution? Glasgow Open

Materials Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The Effect of Constraint on Quench Induced Residual Stresses During Precipitation Hardening of 7000 Series Aluminium Alloys Limerick Reserved
Computational Modelling of Mechanical Behaviour of Lightweight Carbon Fibre Materials Limerick Reserved 
An Experimental Investigation of Composite Action in Double Layer Bending Active Gridshells Made from Engineered Timber Limerick Open 
Finite Element Modelling of Quenching Aluminium Alloys to Account for Thermal Fluid Interaction Limerick Open

 


Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Computer Aided Motion Analysis of the Electric Vehicle using Solidworks Limerick Open

 


Microbiology / Molecular Biology

PROJECT NAME Location PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Determining the potential of natural projects to induce cytotoxicity in human cancer cells Aberdeen Reserved
Bacterial pathogens as a cause of infections Aberdeen Reserved

 


Musculoskeletal Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Accelerometry based activity and behavior monitoring in dogs London Reserved

 


Neuroscience / Biochemistry

PROJECT NAME Location PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Study of a new receptor target for brain disease Aberdeen Reserved
The effects of trauma-induced neuroinflammation on Alzheimer’s disease-related pathology Dublin Reserved
Investigating the role of disease-causing proteins in motor neuron function Dublin Reserved
Investigation of Cannabidiol on synaptic excitability in hippocampal slices Dublin Reserved
Perineuronal net development in a model of preterm brain injury London Reserved

 


Pharmacology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Determining the potential of natural projects to induce cytotoxicity in human cancer cells Aberdeen Reserved

Physics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Coupled modes in whispering-gallery resonators Brisbane Reserved
Negative Refraction in Natural Hyperbolic Media Glasgow Open 
Measuring ratios of cross sections for photon/Z +jet processes at the LHC Glasgow Open
Understanding the impact of weak lensing on gravitational-wave cosmology Glasgow Reserved

 


Plant Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Aquaporin expression in roots of barley grown with limited supply of nitrogen and phosphorus Dublin Reserved
Nighttime transpirational water loss in barley: its response to photoperiod length, and its molecular basis Dublin Reserved
Root water uptake and aquaporin expression in barley plants which have a reduced number of root hairs Dublin Reserved
Changes in aquaporin expression in roots of barley in response to a partial reduction (excision) of root system Dublin Reserved
Image-based phenotyping of barley under waterlogging conditions Dublin Reserved
Optimization of Astaxanthin Production Using Transgenic Tobacco Cell Culture  Dublin Reserved
 Establishing Cannabis as a crop for the future Dublin Reserved

 


Psychology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Romantic relationships among adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum: A review of the literature Brisbane Reserved
The utilisation of tools, strategies and techniques by health professionals to improve the health and wellbeing for adults on the autism spectrum Brisbane Reserved
Factors affecting course-related overseas experiences: a systematic literature search Glasgow Open
Autism and intersubject correlation of brain activity while watching dance Glasgow Reserved 
Using Virtual Reality Technology to Explore the Inner Perceptual World of Autism Glasgow Reserved 
Answering Fundamental Questions about Colour Perception using Novel Technology Glasgow Open

 


Reproductive Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The effect of environmental factors on oocyte maturation and development London Reserved

 


Science Education / Engagement

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
What activities from science coursework develop employability? The student perspective. Brisbane Reserved
The Underlying Mathematical Framework in the Architectural Process of Christopher Alexander Limerick Open
Playground Science for School Teachers Limerick Open
Paper Folding Axiomatics Limerick Open

 


OPEN - PROJECT STILL AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT COMPLETION
Reserved - Project already taken by a student