SPUR: Summer Programme for Undergraduate Researchers
Summer 2021

Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology is running a Summer Programme for Undergraduate Researchers over the summer of 2018 (SPUR 2018). This is open to all currently registered undergraduate law students at Maynooth University. Students from all School of Law and Criminology’s undergraduate programmes may apply. First year students studying law as an Arts subject may also apply.

Final year undergraduate law students and postgraduate law students are NOT eligible to apply for the scheme.

Talented undergraduate students who wish to experience academic research are invited to apply.

Stipend: €1500 over the duration of the project
Duration: 6 weeks
Working Hours: normal working hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm, however, flexibility will be required.

Each SPUR project presents a quality student experience that;

  • offers an academically enriching and challenging environment to the SPUR student and exposure to a myriad of learning and research opportunities.
  • is experiential in nature and facilitate the application and integration of knowledge gained in the classroom in research practice and inquiry, thereby enhancing the SPUR students’ confidence and knowledge in the discipline.
  • enables the SPUR student to work collaboratively in the department, developing networks with student peers and faculty.
  • empowers the student to articulate their research effectively to others in the field and their peers.
  • grants opportunities to the SPUR student to reflect on their research experience, enhance their skill set and develop their discipline knowledge.

Three research projects are available at the School of Law and Criminology;

  • 'Engagement of State Responsibility for Breach of Contract Obligations: Implications for Development Policy', under the supervision of Dr Sibo Banda
  • 'A historical analysis of the Insanity Defence in Ireland (1922-1964)', under the supervision of Dr Louise Kennefick and Dr David Doyle
  • 'The trial for terrorism', under the supervision of Ms. Alice Harrison.

Students who wish to apply for both projects, should indicate clearly which is their preference on the application form.

All applicants are advised to take the time to read the Terms and Conditions document before submitting their applications.

Applications for SPUR 2021 are now closed.