Research Lab Internships

in person summer 2023

APPLY

29 May – 23 July

10 ECTS

3,000 EUR

€200 early bird application discount; additional €400 discount for partner universities

Deadline

15 February (early bird) 15 April (final)

About summer programme

Masaryk University, in collaboration with CEITEC one of the strongest research institutions in Central Europe, stands apart from other universities as a place to learn. Drawing on these achievements and also enhancing its dynamic place, it opens up its research facilities to undergraduate or graduate foreign students for an intensive summer research internship.  

Incoming students will be required to work at least 250 hours (8 hours a day, 4 days a week, 8 weeks in total) on a specific project assigned and supervised by local faculty members.

In addition to this, there will be an accompanying cultural programme that will introduce the Czech Republic and the Central Europe to the participating students. The program will consist of lectures and seminars on the given topic, movie screening, concerts, shows, museum and historical sites visit, as well as in-town and out-of-town excursions. Finally, there will be three-day trips to the regional capitals (Prague, Vienna and Budapest) where students will be able to understand the Central European context to the Czech identity. Each trip will be organized by Masaryk University, and transportation, 2-nights accommodation as well as the professional tours and cultural program will be arranged.

There will be an Orientation, 24/7 on-site assistance, local student assistant at the residence, as well as access to the libraries, cafeterias, PC labs, and available gym facilities for the whole duration of the program.

Details

Academic Overview and Projects

Students are required to spend 250 hours in the lab and present a final project at the end. Students apply for one of the projects below. 

The following projects are for Summer 2022.

Projects are distributed on a first come first serve basis, students should apply as soon as they are interested to have the best chance at their first choice project.

Name of project Field Other information Available
Isolation of chemical constituents of Sorbus domestica fruits with potential antidiabetic properties Phytochemistry Basic knowledge about chromatographic techniques (TLC, CC, HPLC) No
Functional characterization of RASAL3 protein in T lymphocytes Cell and molecular biology Students of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry or related fields No
Chlorophyll content of seeds and evaluation methods for its reliable analysis Plant science Basic experience in chemistry lab &
Basic knowledge of data handling
Yes
Is plant response to drought affected by nitrogen supply? Plant science Basic knowledge of plant cultivation & basic knowledge of data handling Yes
Toxicokinetic   assessment of environmental chemicals in 3D in vitro liver models Toxicology in vitro Highly motivated student with interest in toxicology and/or in vitro biomedical research

Students from biology, chemistry or ecology and similar fields of study are welcome
Yes
Isolation of selected chemical constituents from different parts of Ficus species Phytochemistry Basic knowledge about chromatographic techniques (TLC, CC, HPLC) Yes
Bibliographic analysis of selected terms in the Social Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice Social Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice
Health Economics
Basic knowledge of science databases (WoS, Scopus, PubMed, Medline) Yes
Occurrence and species diversity of wild and semi-wild orangutan parasites Parasitology Experience with coprological and molecular analyses Yes
Development of new chromatin modifying substances for anticancer therapy Chemistry, Pharmacy Student should have completed the subject organic chemistry including laboratory exercises Yes
Design and synthesis of new fluorophores for the detection of biomolecules Chemistry Student should have completed the subject organic chemistry including laboratory exercises Yes
Palatinose in food and food supplements biochemistry, analytical chemistry, sugars Student of Chemistry/biochemistry/analytical chemistry/biology Yes
Nanoparticles as a new tool for the diagnosis and treatment of ischemic stroke Pharmacology Some experience work in a chemical laboratory, Yes
Isolation of secondary metabolites form plant material Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry Students of chemistry, pharmacy Yes
A database of open clusters based on space-based data Astrophysics, Informatics Basic knowledge of Astrophysics (baccalaureate level) and programming skills (Python preferred) Yes
What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €3000, with a €200 early bird application discount; additional €400 discount for partner universities.

Tuition includes:

  • Tuition for the summer school
  • Transportation for 3 weekend trips (ex: Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
  • Accommodation on weekend trips
  • Academic trips
  • Opening and Closing receptions
  • Culture activities around Brno

Not included:

  • Accommodation in Brno
  • Meals

Students should budget an additional €1500-2000 depending on their spending habits for food in Brno (breakfast, lunch, dinner), weekend trips (lunch and dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (the underground labyrinth in Brno, Budapest baths, bars, etc.) in addition to the cost of accommodation.

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favorite Places in Brno to relax

Culture/Social

The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. This support is provided both in Brno, as well as on all the field trips. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.

Accommodation

The housing is not included in the cost of the programme, however the assistance with identifying and arranging the right type of housing. Unless you are interested in the private accommodation, the easiest and the most affordable is to stay at the university Residence Halls. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!).

On the field trips, accommodation is part of the program fee and it is usually arranged at low end hotels or the equivalent. Students are usually accommodated in ensuite rooms with three beds.

How to apply

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. Please specify there what project(s) you are interested in and why (it is worth to have at least one alternative to the favourite one). After you finalize your application, we will pass it on the respective project supervisor. After their approval we will contact you again: If the message is to let you know that your application was successful, you will receive a link to pay the program deposit (€300) and to discuss the further steps.

Projects are distributed on a first come first serve basis, students should apply as soon as they are interested to have the best chance at their first choice project.

Requirements: some lab experience may be required, specific requirements are listed in the individual programme descriptions.

Student experience

My highlights were both the trips and the investigation. It was an amazing experience, I liked everything about the academic and cultural program.

Daniel Hernández Mota

Mexico, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente

Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
Make friends of a lifetime.
Experience Czech culture.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!

Travel to...


Vienna


Prague


Budapest

Watch the video:

Contacts

Martin Glogar

summer school manager

E‑mail:

Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager

E‑mail:

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