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A 10-Week Immersive Experience Delivered Researchers, Academics, and Doctors 

Starting 14th July 2024

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Research Internship

A 10-Week Online Experience Delivered Researchers, Academics, and Doctors, in partnership with UCL Genomics

An exciting opportunity

 

We are thrilled to announce the launch of an online 10-week Research Internship delivered by world-renowned London-based scientists and lecturers from UCL (University College London) and UCL Genomics. This virtual LIVE internship is designed for school students interested in applying to highly renowned and competitive medical schools (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College London, UAEU, HKU, CUHK, etc.), school students interested in pursuing a research degree, or those who would simply like to find out more about research and how it relates to the medical world.

 

 

How does it work?

 

The online Research Internship will run across 10 weeks, where you’ll attend 1-2 hours of live teaching every week for 10 weeks. The internship will comprise live teaching sessions, a tour of the academic research lab at UCL Genomics (one of the largest labs in Europe), as well as give you a chance to perform your own research project and receive a certificate upon completion of the programme (everything will be done live, online).

 

We also wouldn't want this internship to distract students from school work, so we designed it as a flexible program where students only need to commit 1-2 hours per week (for 10 weeks) at their discretion. All the live teaching sessions will also be recorded, and students can watch them in their own time if they miss any of them live.

What will you achieve by the end of the Research Internship?

Under the direct supervision of a researcher, each student is encouraged to undergo their own personalised research projects and produce one academic poster to present their short research to a professional academic audience. Students will have the chance to learn about research equipment, how to use research databases and perform a real-life research project. 

 

In addition, students will also learn the necessary skills sought after during Oxbridge admission interviews. For example, they will develop their scientific communication skills by converting their academic poster into a patient leaflet, using lay terms to explain complex scientific concepts that can be easily understood by anyone. All student projects will be closely guided by a researcher, and a clear, step-by-step guide to performing the research will be provided to the students. At the end of the Research Internship, the best patient leaflets will be printed and displayed at world-renowned academic/healthcare institutions in the UK. Past patient leaflets were displayed at the UCL Institute for Child's Health and Oxford Cancer Charity. All academic posters and patient leaflets will also be displayed online in a first-in-class Metaverse gallery.

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For school students applying to study MEDICINE or SCIENCE!

Why join the 10-week Research Internship:
A UNIQUE project for your personal statement (for both Medicine and Science applicants)

Delivered by researchers and doctors from UCL and UCL Genomics

Work with a researcher to develop and present your own real-life research project

Learn about Genomics, Cancer therapies, personalised medicine, embryology, genetic engineering etc.

Maximise your University Application success in Medicine or Science at highly competitive universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, Imperial, UAEU, HKU, CUHK, etc.

Time commitment: 1-2h/week for live teaching or project development (all sessions will be recorded), over 9 weeks

Turn your own research project into an academic poster and patient leaflet that will be displayed in a dedicated Metaverse gallery

The best student projects will be displayed at renowned academic/healthcare institutions in the UK such as UCL or Oxford Cancer Charity

Certificates are also provided upon completion

*Please note: All sessions are 1h long and will be running over 10 weeks. The sessions will be live via Zoom, and recordings will be provided if you miss any of them.

Who is this Research Internship for?

This online Research Internship is designed for school students from Year 9 to Year 13 who want to find out more about research and maximise their chances for getting into university. This internship is perfect for: 

  • Students who want to apply to study medicine at competitive universities (e.g. Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College London, UAEU etc) in UAE, HK or UK

  • Students who want to apply for a science degree (eg. Biomedicine, medical sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology etc) in the UK, HK or UAE

  • Students who are unsure whether they’d like to pursue a clinical or an academic pathway

  • Students who simply want to find out more about what research entails

Be the first one to know when registration opens!

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How will this help with my university application?

Undergoing a research project is one of the most sought-after application criteria for competitive universities (for both medicine and biomedical sciences) and sometimes a requirement. Having a research project included as part of your personal statement will help you stand out from the crowd, especially from renowned and competitive universities in both the UAE and the UK. In particular, medical or science applicants at Oxford and Cambridge (and other top universities) rely heavily on research projects during the interview phase of the application.

In addition, students will also learn the necessary skills well sought after during Oxbridge admission interviews. For example, they will develop their scientific communication skills by converting their academic poster into a patient leaflet, using lay terms to explain complex scientific concepts that can be easily understood by anyone. All student projects will be closely guided by a researcher, and a clear, step-by-step guide to performing the research will be provided to the students. At the end of the Research Internship, the best patient leaflets will be printed and displayed at world-renowned academic/healthcare institutions in the UK. Past patient leaflets were displayed at the UCL Institute for Child's Health and Oxford Cancer Charity. All academic posters and patient leaflets will also be displayed online in a first-in-class Metaverse gallery. Certificates will also be provided upon completion of the programme.

 

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What is UCL Genomics?

UCL Genomics is the largest DNA sequencing facility in Europe, dedicated to studying the DNA of humans, but also animals, plants, bacteria, viruses, etc. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art machines and robots, as well as artificial intelligence for the complex analysis of genomes. 

You will have the chance to be guided by researchers who contribute to the day-to-day activity of UCL Genomics. They will be your mentors and will guide you towards the completion of your very own medical research project.

Have a look at what students in the previous cohort have done: 

Students presented their individual research projects in the Metaverse gallery, where 3D avatars of the students could interact with each other and see each other's projects.

Under the guidance of a UCL researcher, each student has undertaken a unique research project around genetics and personalised medicine. Students were taught in a step-by-step and interactive manner how to create professional academic posters and patient leaflets suitable for both academic audiences and the general public. The skills mastered by the students (i.e. science communication and research skills) are essential during Oxbridge admission interviews. Here are some examples of projects undertaken by students in the past:

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Delivered by researchers from:

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When is it taking place?

Starting date: 14th July - 15t September 2024

 

When: 1-2h/week (on Sundays) over 10 weeks

We wouldn't want this internship to distract students from school work; therefore, we designed it in a flexible manner where students only need to commit 1-2 hours per week (for 10 weeks) at their discretion for the teaching sessions/project sessions. All the live teaching sessions will also be recorded, and students can watch them in their own time if they miss any of them live. 

Certificate provided

Receive a certificate of completion which you can add to your UCAS/University application.

Be the first one to know when registration opens!

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Timetable

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FAQs

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, not only is it a certificate provided by our doctors and researchers, but you'll also undertake your very own research project, which you will be able to spotlight and include in your Personal Statement, as well as being able to discuss this in your upcoming university interview!


What if I cannot attend all the sessions? Can I watch the recording of some of the sessions?

Yes, Yes, absolutely! We understand that school, family, and work often clash with such commitments and are keen to make the programme as flexible and inclusive as possible.

What if I cannot afford the placement?

Please contact us directly for bursaries and widening access and participation places.

I am interested in the research program, but I am worried that it might take too much time. 

We wouldn't want this internship to distract students from school work; therefore, we designed it in a flexible manner where students only need to commit 1-2 hours per week (for 9 weeks) at their discretion for the teaching sessions/project sessions. All the 1h live teaching sessions will also be recorded, and students can watch them in their own time if they miss any of them live. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"This internship was amazing! I really couldn't ask for more from what I have learnt and experienced in these 9 weeks. I had a deeper insight into the life of a researcher, understanding how most of research works. This was such an amazing journey and I really have to thank my mentor for always answering my emails when I faced difficulties in understanding some of the papers on the topic I was working on. I definitely expanded my capacities and went beyond what I thought I was capable of in the beginning. I have no regrets joining the research internship!"

—  Ali, Dubai

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Step into the fascinating world of Medical Research!

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Delivered by researchers from:

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Register for the Research Internship

The research internship will run for 10 weeks starting from 14th July 2024. All sessions will be done live online via Zoom. Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week.

We also offer bursaries as part of our widening access and participation commitments. If you'd like to find out more, feel free to email us at info@medefine.org

*Please note: Places for this Research Internship are limited to ensure high quality of supervison and interaction throughout this event

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

This programme has provided so much insight into how the field of medicine is intertwined with research and data analysis. I also appreciate the tips and tricks Dr. Popa has included for how we can make the most out of this internship for our medical school applications. Learning with like-minded students has built a very interactive and engaging environment for me! I also appreciate the real-life applications of the skills we've built throughout these past 9 weeks.

—  Huda, Dubai

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