Research opportunities for university students

Mater Research is committed to supporting the researchers of tomorrow by providing university students with excellent project opportunities, supported by outstanding supervisors.

Focusing on the integration of science and clinical application, Mater Research provides research opportunities in the areas of medical research, biomedical research, allied health, nursing or midwifery for university students at various stages of study, including Undergraduate, Honours, Postgraduate, Masters by research, PhD and MPhil students.

Undergraduate students

We offer short term summer or winter projects for allied health, science, biomedical science or medical science undergraduate students who are in their 2nd year of study or higher. The duration of the project will vary by project, but can range from 4-10 weeks.

The Universiy of Queensland Summer Research Program

If you are currently studying an undergraduate (including honours) degree at The University of Queensland (UQ), you are eligible to apply for UQ's 2019 Summer Research Program. The program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the university's leading academics and researchers. 

Research projects are available in many disciplines for six (6) to ten (10) weeks over the summer vacation period (from 25 November 2019). 

The following Mater Research projects eligible for the UQ Summer Research Program

Investigating the molecular genetics of sulphate biology in fetal development

Maternal, obstetric and perinatal outcomes of pregnancies complicated by socio-demographic, medical, surgical or intrapartum risk factors

Role of Thioguanine in inflammation and Wnt signalling pathway

Systems genomics of the gut-brain axis

Updating and creating online tools and resources to improve health and wellbeing for adults on the autism spectrum

Updating online health information resources and tools for people with intellectual disability

Use of cervical mucus enhancers to facilitate achieving pregnancy

Exploring the causes of the inter-strain variability of haematopoietic stem cell mobilisation

Student applications open from 5 August 2019.
Student applications close on the 8 September 2019.
Offers issued: 11 October 2019
Acceptances finalised by: 1 November 2019
UQ Summer Research Program officially commences 25 November 2019
UQ Summer Research Program officially concludes. Mid-February 2020

Postgraduate students

We welcome students from any Australian university to carry out their Honours research year or undertake their Masters research project at Mater Research.  

Higher Degree Research students (PhD or MPhil)

Be a change maker and help turn scientific discovery into improving clinical practice so that Mater can continue to deliver the best possible treatment, care, and outcomes for patients and our broader community. We offer a competitiive top up scholarship valued up to $5000 for eligible PhD students who possess an eligible external principal scholarship and satisfy the requirements of the selection criteria. 

How to apply to Mater Research

To apply for a Student Research Opportunity at Mater Research, the first step is to find a project from the selection of current student opportunities and click the apply now button at the bottom of the project listing to submit an expression of interest .

If you are unable to find a project in the list of current student opportunities that is in the your area of interest , please email us to discuss your options. 

Find more about our core program areas, current projects or find a researcher who is working on projects in the area of your interest.