Summer Internship 2021

Applications are invited for research bursaries intended for 5 undergraduate students wishing to pursue a 4-6 week summer research project in the School of Chemistry, starting June 21st 2021. Each bursary has a value of €500.

These internship bursaries are available to undergraduate students of any nationality and university. Preference will be given to students in the penultimate year of their undergraduate studies (3rd year).

Eligible supervisors are listed under Staff profiles on the School of Chemistry website. Candidates should make contact directly with a prospective supervisor to discuss a project and to arrange for the submission of the required recommendation by the prospective supervisor.

Application Deadline

5pm Friday 14th May 2021.

Application Procedure

To apply for a bursary, students should first find a supervisor within the school who is willing to supervise them for a 4-6 week summer project. The project should start on June 21st 2021, though the 4-6 week research period need not be continuous.

Students should email a single pdf file to the chair of the research committee Prof. Peter Crowley containing:

  1. The name of the proposed project supervisor.
  2. A short description of the research project (200 words maximum).
  3. A table containing percentage grades for all university modules completed to date. Provisional results for Semester I of the current academic year should be included.

Students should also ensure that the proposed supervisor sends a short letter of recommendation to There is no official application form.


Applications will be evaluated by members of the School's Research Committee. Students will be ranked based on their academic grades, the proposed research project and the supervisor's recommendation letter.

School Summer Internship Projects 2021



Prof. Olivier Thomas

Bioactive marine natural products from selected marine invertebrates

Prof. Peter Crowley                

Protein - Macrocycle Frameworks, a New Frontier
Prof. Donal Leech

Detection of proteins using electrochemical immunoassays: can we better diagnose and treat prostate cancer

Dr. Andrea Erxleben

Injectable nanogels as drug delivery systems for cancer drugs

Dr. David Cheung

Modelling peptide aggregation on surfaces

Dr. Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou

Metal-Organic Frameworks as Drug Carriers in Cancer Therapy

Prof. Alan Ryder   

Studying Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) stability using polarized fluorescence spectroscopy

Prof. Alan Ryder   

Measuring and assessing Thermal stability of monoclonal antibodies using polarized fluorescence spectroscopy

Prof. Alan Ryder    Evaluating the effect of signal to noise ratio on the accuracy of multidimensional fluorescence analysis of model cell culture
Dr. Pau Farras Costa    Doped metal oxides as electrocatalysts for water splitting
Dr. Eddie Myers    Design and Synthesis of Peptidiomimetic Inhibitors of Cathepsin L  - A Cysteine Protease Involved in SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Dr. Fabien Cougnon Synthesis of giant molecular knots