Semmelweis University pays dedicated attention to the recognition of talented students, their support and scientific education. Organised talent support programmes are realised in colleges for advanced studies and within the framework of the talent support programmes.

Students' Scientific
Association (TDK)

Students’ Scientific Association (TDK)

tdk_logoThe primary goal of the  Students’ Scientific Association is to provide an opportunity for every student to get involved in research and to gain experience at Hungarian and international conferences. The Students’ Scientific Association is a platform for self-instruction and scholar training: talented students are aided by outstanding teachers and researchers to get an insight into scientific life during their studies. The programme enables students to build personal and professional relationships that prepare them for their scientific career. Currently there are around 1,200 students involved in the programme of the Students’ Scientific Association.  Nearly all of the university’s departments and clinics take part in the  talent support programme.

Address: Nagyvárad tér Theoretical Building, ground floor 4. , 4 Nagyvárad tér, Budapest 1089
E-mail: semmelweis.tdk@gmail.com
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30-13:30

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TDK – Semmelweis University

Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) Program Teaches Students a Way of Thinking That They Can Utilize Later in Practice


Dr. Gabriella Beliczai-Marosi, a recent graduate from the Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine, investigates the vasorelaxant effects of hydrogen peroxide from the point of view of gender differences on individuals suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. During her studies at Semmelweis, Gabriella was a member of the Kerpel Talent Support Program, she was a participant at …

“Perseverance and patience are equally required for a successful Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) activity”


Balázs Pósfai had become a Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) student earlier than he started to attend medical university: he joined Dr. Gábor Nyíri’s team at the Institute of Experimental Medicine during his last secondary school year. Balázs Pósfai, who is currently a graduating student of the Faculty of Medicine at Semmelweis University, was awarded the …

Fourth Annual International Students’ Conference (TDK)


”I have learnt that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, however, real happiness is climbing the steep”. The fourth International Students’ Conference (TDK), hosted by Semmelweis University was opened on 12th February 2015 in the spirit of the quote by Gabriel García Marquez (1927-2014). At the opening ceremony Dr. Béla Merkely, president …

More than 350 presentations at the 2014 TDK Conference


Semmelweis University students had the opportunity to measure their theoretical and practical knowledge at this year’s TDK Conference. Over 350 presentations were given at the international medical, pharmaceutical and dental conference in Hungarian as well as in English. Thanks to the recent innovative decision of the Scientific Students’ Association’s Council, for the first time this year students undertook practice oriented contests as well.

Second Annual International TDK Conference held

The second annual International TDK Conference was held at Semmelweis University on February 13-15, in parallel with the traditional Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) Conference. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Béla Merkely, president of the TDK Council, related that 53 young researchers from 14 universities around the world came to this year’s conference. Twenty-one Semmelweis University …

More than 300 presentations at the 2013 TDK Conference

“The Students’ Scientific Association is the university’s most energetic, most vibrant, and potentially most promising association, which the university as a whole must build upon,” Rector Ágoston Szél said during the opening ceremony of this year’s TDK Conference. As he emphasised, he considers it marvellous that, after just a few years as students, young people …

TDK Conference 2012: Nearly 400 lectures in three days

A total of 408 presentation proposals were submitted by students for this year’s Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) Conference, of which 98 percent were accepted by the TDK Council. Thus, 398 lectures were heard over the course of the three-day conference held in the NET Theoretical Block. In his opening address, Rector Tivadar Tulassay expressed his …

Kerpel-Fronius Talent
Support Programme

Kerpel-Fronius Talent Support Programme

kerpel-fr-logoThe Kerpel-Fronius Talent Support Programme was set up by the Senate of the university in 2007 to find and continuously support exceptionally talented incoming, current and graduated students. Since 2017 the programme has been open to international students as well. The programme is run by the Talent Support Council with the help of the faculties’ representatives.

Semmelweis University’s outstanding teachers and researchers volunteer to become mentors and are responsible for one exceptionally talented student’s academic advancement, support and application for scholarship.

Enrolment in the programme is based on the student’s academic results and a personal interview, and successful applicants are offered individual mentoring and scholarship opportunities by the programme.

 The Jellinek Harry Scholarship is run by the Kerpel-Fronius programme which provides the opportunity for 6 students per year to study at the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg. The Semmelweis Foundation sponsors 7 students per year for their outstanding scientific, cultural and public activities.

Address: Nagyvárad tér Theoretical Building, F4 office, 4 Nagyvárad tér, Budapest 1089
Telephone/Fax: 459-1500/56352 ext.
E-mail: tehetsegpont.se@gmail.com

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Kerpel – Semmelweis University

Cooperation from the beginning of the first year – Dr. Veronika Müller and her student about the Kerpel program


They both find themselves lucky for having met five years ago. Dr. Veronika Müller, Deputy Director of the Department of Pulmonology is an experienced mentor, however, Viven Somogyi was only at her first year when she joined the Kerpel program. At that time she did not have a clear vision about what interests her the …

“It is difficult to explain what real success means” – Dr. Gábor Varga and Dr. Péter Stiedl about the Kerpel programme


The research conducted by Dr. Péter Stiedl, Department of Periodontology, focuses on the genetic background of periodontal inflammations. His mentor is Dr. Gábor Varga, Head of the Department of Oral Biology. They started to work together in 2008, first in the framework of the Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) work, then in the framework of the …

“The mentor learns the most” – Dr. Sándor Kerpel-Fronius and Gergő Erdei about the talent support program


“The outstandingly talented young people move society forward, that is why the university’s talent support program has great relevance.”, says Dr. Sándor Kerpel-Fronius, a professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy at Semmelweis University. He is the mentor of Gergő Erdei, who is studying at the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition Sciences at the …

The Kerpel Series: Dr. Romána Zelkó and Dr. Attila Marosi, the first representatives of pharmaceutic sciences in the programme


Dr. Attila Marosi, who is currently a PhD student, was admitted to the Kerpel Talent Support Program among the first pharmacy students in 2009, his mentor was Dr. Romána Zelkó, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy. As they recall, the situation was new for both of them, as Dean Zelkó also started her work as …

The Kerpel Series: inspirational discussions and professional guidance provide most of the support


Dr. Eszter Végh, who is currently working as a resident, has been a member of the Kerpel-Fronius Talent Support Program since the foundation of the program, and Dr. Péter Sótonyi, Associate Professor at the Heart and Vascular Centre has been her mentor for five years. Dr. Sótonyi said that since Dr. Eszter Végh has chosen …

The Kerpel Series: professional support, then friendship


Dr. Marianna Budai, senior lecturer at the Department of Pharmaceutics of Semmelweis University and Dr. Réka Balogh, PhD student at the School of PhD Studies first met as mentor and student seven years ago in the framework of the Kerpel Program, but they have become good friends afterwards. In the Kerpel Series mentor-student pairs will …

Kerpel Talent Day: Where science and cultures meet


Scientific and cultural presentations were on the programme of the Kerpel Talent Day held in the Semmelweis Salon with the participation of students involved in the Kerpel-Fronius Ödön Talent Support Programme. The support programme has been operating for 10 years now, and according to Dr. Ágoston Szél, rector it is one of the university’s most …

Kerpel Talent Day at Semmelweis University


The academic results of students of the Scientific Students’Association (TDK) and PhD students were presented at the Kerpel Talent Day held in the Semmelweis Salon. At Semmelweis University’s Kerpel-Fronius Ödön Talent Programme event the Kerpel and the Mentor of Excellence awards were handed out. In his opening speech Dr. József Tímár, Vice-Rector for General and …

From Japan to Italy: introducing two exceptionally talented international students

Semmelweis University is a truly international community, embracing students from 64 national around the world, with foreign students accounting for nearly a quarter of the total student population. Here, we introduce two of the most talented international students: Leesa Parkison from Japan and Matilde Sassani from Italy. Leesa Parkison Japan-born medical student Leesa Parkison first …

Korányi Frigyes College
for Advanced Studies

Korányi Frigyes College for Advanced Studies

koranyi_logo_hu2The Korányi Frigyes College for Advanced Studies has been operating for 30 years and has become the cornerstone of Semmelweis University’s talent support network. Its training system has successfully integrated several initiatives and provides complementary training to Semmelweis University’s internationally recognised education in the field of natural sciences. Korányi Frigyes College for Advanced Studies is a professional workshop preparing students not only for patient care but it also gives an insight into education and research. Students interested in healing, science and the university education of doctors and pharmacists of future generations are expected to apply for the programme.

The students of the college need to meet high professional requirements. Apart from active participation in the courses they have to have high academic results and are obliged to take part in the scientific work of the Students’ Scientific Association. Currently the college has 56 members.

The college students live in a calm and comfortable dormitory. Bedrooms can accommodate 2 students who are provided with services necessary for studying (study-rooms, educational material, photocopier, skill lab and Internet) and relaxing (lounge, video room, gym). Besides professional events, several cultural and community events are organised.

Address: 59/b Hársfa utca, Budapest 1074
Telephone: 459-1500 (ext. 53900) or 321-0277
Student association: Tel.: +36-20-825-9631
E-mail: habil.harsfa@gmail.com