Mayo students win health scholarship

Two third-level Mayo students have been awarded Summer Student Scholarships by the Health Research Board (HRB ).

Ruairí Irwin from Castlebar and John Birrane from Ballina were two of 11 NUI Galway students to be awarded the scholarship, which encourages an interest in health research and provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the research process, research techniques and methodologies through conducting a summer project.

The Scholarship scheme is open to undergraduate students who are studying in a health-related discipline in a university in Ireland and who are not in the final year of their degree course. Research projects must be in either applied biomedical research, clinical research, health services research or population health sciences research. The Scholarship will support the students’ participation in research over the summer and they will receive €250 per week for a maximum of eight weeks.

Professor Fidelma Dunne, Head of the School of Medicine at NUI Galway, said: “The School of Medicine is delighted and proud of our medical students who have been awarded Summer Research Scholarships from the HRB. These awards are highly competitive and reflect the calibre of our students and supervisors. The strategic plan for the School of Medicine aims to embed research as an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum and encourage all students to become research active.”

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