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. 


2018 Research Projects

More projects will be available in the coming weeks.


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/Stress Analysis

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED*
Finite Element Modelling of Quenching of Aluminium Alloys to Account for Thermal Fluid Interaction Limerick Open
The Effect of Constraint on Quench Induced Residual Stresses During Precipitation Hardening of 7000 Series Aluminium Alloys Limerick Open

 

Atmospheric Science

Project Name Location Project Status: Open/Reserved*
On the Relationship between air pollution and noise levels in the Granada Urban Area Granada Reserved

 

Atmospheric/Meteorology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED*
Can Pollen Particle Matter be monitored by Sun-Photometric Techniques Granada Open
Atmospheric Particles influence on Clouds: Why are those clouds there? Granada Reserved


Biochemistry

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED*
Visualization of neuronal protein sorting events by high-resolution structural biology methods Brisbane Reserved

 

Biological Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
"Do fairy-wrens respond to the alarm vocalisations of neighbouring species?" Brisbane Reserved
"Do fairy-wrens respond equally to the alarm calls of birds they regularly see compared to those that they would never encounter under natural conditions?" Brisbane Reserved
“Tracking sea turtles in global oceans and seas” Brisbane Reserved
How does density influence the growth and survival of newly settled Tropical Pacific corals? Brisbane Open
Ecology Meets IT – Indo-Pacific Database of Symbiodinium Diversity Brisbane Reserved
Discovery of new noncoding RNA in wheat Brisbane Open
microRNA targets in wheat Brisbane Reserved
Are caterpillars thermal optimisers? Brisbane Open
Abandoning your birth place: caterpillar movement between plants Brisbane Open
Systematics of haplosplanchnid parasites of surgeonfishes Brisbane Reserved

 

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 Reserved
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 Reserved
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 Reserved

 

Biology & Environmental Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Effects of bacterially-derived short chain fatty acids on human colonic epithelial transporters Dublin Reserved
Linking behavioural traits collected at capture with the personality of fellow deer fawns during their first weeks of life  Dublin Open
Heritability of personality traits: linking the personality of fallow deer fawns to that of their mothers Dublin Reserved
Distance Sampling in park deer: does it work? Dublin Open


Biomedical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Experimental Emulation of Capillary Flow Limerick Open


Biomedical Engineering/Concussion/Soft Tissue Mechanics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Role of Meninges in Concussion: Mechanical and Structural Characterisation of Porcine Meninges Membrane Limerick Reserved

 

Biomedical Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Smart magnetic resonance imaging nano-sensor for detecting and grading diseases Brisbane Reserved
Innovative reversible blood clotting agents for emergency treatment of internal bleeding Brisbane Reserved
Novel solutions for theranostics of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and inflammatory disease Brisbane Reserved

 

Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Stress proteins: Unlocking the mechanism of chronic infection in people with cystic fibrosis Dublin Reserved
The effect of hypoxia and inflammation on synaptic transmission in isolated brain slices Dublin Reserved
The effects of trauma-induced neuroinflammation on Alzheimer's disease-related pathology Dublin Reserved
Phenotypic and genotypic characterisation of Campylobacter jejuni strains isolated from supermarket bought chicken Dublin Reserved
An Investigation into new strategies for the prevention of tumour metastasis Dublin Reserved

 

Cell Biology/Development

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
microRNA regulation of embryonic cell development London Reserved
What is the pattern of cell death in the zebrafish model of Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, an inherited neurodegenerative disease? London Reserved

 

Cell Biology/Immunology

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


Chemical Engineering/Fluid Mechanics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Lateral Mixing in Co-flowing Bubbly Streams Limerick Open

 

Chemistry

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Chemical reactions of Nitrogen (N) in soil Brisbane Reserved
Effect of novel soil amendments on soil buffer capacity Brisbane Reserved
Characterisation of soil organic matter - clay mineral complexes Brisbane Open
Soil respiration and organic matter turn-over in soils treated with soil conditioners Brisbane Open
3D Printing and Chemical Robotics Glasgow Reserved
Protein-Engineering Glasgow Reserved
Using Self Assembly to Build Molecular Architectures Glasgow Reserved
The Origin of Life Glasgow Reserved
Design and Implementation of Additional Resources to Support an Interactive Online Lab Environment Glasgow Reserved
Electrochromic Materials for Optical Devices Glasgow Reserved
Computational Design Methods to Identify Small Cyclic Peptides Glasgow Reserved
Redox Mediators for the Electrochemical and Electrocatalytic Reduction of Nitroarenes Glasgow Reserved

 

Chemistry & Molecular Bioscience

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Characterization of bioactive components from human breast milk Brisbane Reserved
Structure activity relationship studies of trefoil factor peptides Brisbane Reserved
Building a novel system for peptide delivery Brisbane Reserved
Characterisation of peptides encoded by short open reading frames Brisbane Open

 
Civil/Materials Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
An Experimental Investigation of Composite Action in Double Layer Bending Active Gridshells Made from Engineered Timber Limerick Open


Computational Engineering/Architecture/Design

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
The Underlying Mathematical Framework in the Architectural Process of Christopher Alexander Limerick Open

 

Computer Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Artificially Intelligent Human Age Estimation Dublin Open
Approximate Matching Techniques for Digital Forensics Investigation  Dublin Reserved
Machine learning and human agency Dublin Reserved
Automating Digital Forensic Evidence Analysis through Deep Learning Dublin Reserved
Why Would I Drink That? Personalising the Explanation of Beer Recommendations Dublin Reserved
Detecting Emergence in a Heterogenous Adaptive System Dublin Open


Earth Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Are paleoclimate reconstruction reliable Dublin Open
How does magma chamber shape influence caldera collapse? Dublin Open


Ecology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Characterising barriers to connectivity in Irish rivers Dublin Open


Genomics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Evolutionary genomics of coral reef symbionts Brisbane Open

 

Geographical Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Late Quaternary Environments of South East Queensland Brisbane Open

 

Large Animal Medicine

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Efficacy of drug treatment on zoonotic schistosomes in livestock London Reserved
Are Diabetic Dogs Hypercoagulable? Assessment of thrombotic risk via thromboelastography London Open
Subtle changes in equine behaviour and their relation with chronic disease London Reserved
Characterising microvesicles from equine mesenchymal stem cells as a novel therapeutic strategy London Reserved

 

Large Animal Medicine/Parisitology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Zoonotic transmission of schistosomiasis in West Africa London Reserved


Life Science

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 Reserved


Marine Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems in Dublin Bay Dublin Reserved

 

Materials Engineering/Finite Element Analysis/Stress Analysis

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Finite Element Modelling of Contour Technique for Residual Stress Determination Limerick Open

  

Materials/Manufacturing Engineering/Composites Design

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Twist Morphing of Kayak Paddles Using Lightweight Composite Materials Limerick Open


Mathematics Education/Public Science Engagement

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Paper Folding Axiomatics Limerick Open

 

Mechanical/Materials Engineering/ Computational Mechanics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Computational Modelling of Mechanical Behaviour of Lightweight Carbon Fibre Materials Limerick Open 

 

Microbiology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Co-cultivation Inspired Microbial Biodiscovery Brisbane Reserved

 

Neuroscience/Cell Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Montelukast as a therapy for perinatal brain injury London Open
Breaching the blood-brain-barrier: protecting astrocytes from liver disease London Reserved
How do endocrine disrupting chemicals contribute to pituitary tumour development? London Reserved

 

Ocular Pharmacology & Genetics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Genetic & Pharmacological Determinants of Vision Dublin Reserved

 

Particle Physics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Measuring soft-dropped b-jet structure at the LHC Glasgow Reserved

 

Physics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Million Degree Fireballs - Understanding the Limits of Laser Plasmas Dublin Open
Coarse master equation modeling of protein-protein interactions applications to self-aggregating amyloid peptides Dublin Open
Use of polymer substrates for tuneable plasmonics Dublin Open
Plasmonic substrates as optical sensors  Dublin Open

 

Physics & Astronomy

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Prospects for constraining the spatial distribution of gravitational wave sources in the local universe Glasgow Reserved
Imaging around corners using single photon sensitive cameras Glasgow Open 
Plasma diagnostics and dynamics of solar prominences Glasgow Open
The "Beta pen": a hand-held device for detecting beta radiation Glasgow Reserved
Advanced imaging concepts for miniaturisation of optical systems  Glasgow Open

 

Physiology/Cell Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Does upregulation of AMPK activity ameliorate muscular dystrophy? London Reserved
Do extracellular vesicles play a role in vascular inflammation in hyperglycaemia London Reserved
Do Sulf1/Sulf2 modulate ischemic recovery in a positive or negative manner by cell signalling regulation?  London Open
Understanding the role of phosphate in vascular calcification London Reserved
Breast cancer cell “stemness”: is this regulated by HUNK signalling. London Reserved
Identifying Cellular Mechanisms for the Skeletal Benefits of SFX-01 London Reserved
The role of in vivo modulation of mechanical signals London Reserved


Plant Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Characterisation of a novel dwarf mutant of Brachypodium distachyon Dublin Reserved
Aquaporin expression in roots of barley grown with limited nitrogen supply Dublin Open
Night-time transpiration and aquaporin expression in crop plants under stress Dublin Open
Changes in aquaporin expression in roots of barley in response to a partial reduction (excision) of root system Dublin Open
Using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to analyze flower development in Arabidopsis thaliana Dublin Reserved
Opening the X-flies: Establishing X-ray computed tomography for phenotypic analyses of flowers Dublin Open

 

Psychology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Autism and intersubject correlation of brain activity while watching dance Glasgow Reserved
Impression management with Selfies Glasgow Open
Drivers for development of gender stereotypes Glasgow Open

 

Reproductive Physiology/Cell Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
The role of FSTL3 during male reproductive ageing London Reserved


Science Education

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
STEM Education - Enabling large-scale video feedback in Higher Education Assessment Brisbane Open
What communication skills do science employers value (and expect) in new recruits? Brisbane Open
How do science employers develop the communication skills of new employees? Brisbane Open
Tell me a story: your biggest learning experience around communicating science in the workplace Brisbane Reserved
Can I get a job with a science qualification? Analysis of student interviews Brisbane Open


Science Education/Public Science Engagement

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN/RESERVED* 
Playground Science for School Teachers Limerick Open

 


Open - Project still available for student completion
Reserved - Project already taken by a student