“We consider the academic training of students, and thus the education of the next generation, to be our priority.”

There is a high undergraduate student research (TDK) activity in our department which has led to numerous successful TDK presentations during the past years. Our research groups continuously accept motivated, agile undergraduate students for research works who would like to get acquainted with biomedical research, who are eager to learn new skills, and who would like to actively participate in our world-class research projects. Besides scientific purposes, being involved in TDK activities improves problem solving skills, helps develop a system approach, and provides the opportunity to become a successful PhD student in the biomedical field. (Having a PhD is necessary for a scientific career and a great advantage in applying for higher clinical positions as well.) Active and resilient TDK students can present their results at various undergrad research forums (local, national, and international TDK conferences), may attend to international summer schools, and after taking a successful Pharmacology exam might apply for teachers’ assistant appointments. Since today’s undergraduate researchers are the young scientists of tomorrow, scientific training of students is a prime objective of our department.

Our TDK students are involved in scientific activities in many ways. On top of their scientific tasks, they actively participate in scientific meetings. We also organize a weekly journal club for our scientific community, and in spring semesters we organize an English-language course titled “Bevezetés a farmakológiai kutatásokba” (aka „Introduction to pharmacological research” or “Science Club”, AOSFRM919_1A). Taking the course expands one’s scientific horizon, and provides the opportunity to practice scientific reading and presentation skills, which are invaluable assets in any medical professional’s career.

Since our projects are complex and mature into publication after several years, the TDK activity shows results after 3-4 semesters generally (in the form of TDK presentation, publication, or conference participation). Therefore, it is our common interest that students start their TDK activity as soon as possible, i.e. in their third year or sooner. High study grades is an advantage for the application. Without making any further commitment, anyone can attend our weekly Journal clubs and have a taste of our scientific life. Especially informative for students looking for a workgroup to join are the introductory presentations of our workgroups held at the beginning of semesters.

To join our TDK community contact Dr. Zoltán Zádori (zadori.zoltan@med.semmelweis-univ.hu) or Dr. Zoltán Giricz (giricz.zoltan@med.semmelweis-univ.hu).