Thanks for your interest in EuroScholars, a unique research study abroad program in Europe. In each edition, this newsletter aims to introduce you to two of the 12 participating European institutions.
Highlights of the EuroScholars program
- Semester or year abroad at one of Europe’s 12 leading research institutions
- Participation in an established academic research project under supervision of a professor
- Research opportunities available in many fields including liberal arts/humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering
- Enrollment in a language and/or culture course of the host country (no previous language experience required - research is done in English)
University of Geneva, Switzerland
University of Geneva is the second largest university in Switzerland with about 13,000 students, out of whom 38% are international, enrolled in the various programs from the bachelor to the doctorate.
The University is composed of seven faculties: Science, Medicine, Arts, Economic and Social Sciences, Psychology and Education, Law, and Theology. It also includes a School of Translation and Interpretation, seven interdisciplinary centers and six associated institutes. Many international rating bodies have ranked the University of Geneva as a leader in scientific research, in particular in the fields of molecular biology, astrophysics, social sciences and economics.
The University of Geneva has been able to preserve the ancient European tradition of an academic community located in the heart of the city, its buildings being spread across the city, thus ensuring a strong link between student and city life.
Sample Research Projects at University of Geneva
1. Interdisciplinary research on emotion and other affective phenomena (National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in the Affective Sciences)
The NCCR in Affective Sciences brings together disciplines which study the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of affect. The different scientific projects aim to provide a better understanding of affective phenomena (e.g., emotions, motivations, moods, stress, well-being) from various research perspectives and multiple levels of analysis. With its scientists stemming from various backgrounds such as psychology, philosophy, economics, political science, law, criminology, psychiatry, neuroscience, education, sociology, literature, history, and religious and social anthropology, the NCCR places a particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary and integrative collaboration between these different domains of research. LEARN MORE>
2. Illnesses of the Orient (16th – 19th centuries)
Orient and illness have a privileged relationship with Occidental imagination. From the Renaissance to the 19th century, travelers, physicians, poets and novelists have been continuously interpreting the Oriental world in terms of pathology, or apprehending moral pathologies by relating them to Oriental mores. The research led by Professors Juan Rigoli and Frédéric Tinguely aims to interrogate this crossing of representations by exploring the especially rich collections of the Geneva libraries network in the special fields of travel and medical literature. The project "Illnesses of the Orient" comes within the framework of a specialized training course on links between literature and knowledge. LEARN MORE>
Karolinska Institutet - Stockholm, Sweden
Karolinska Institutet (KI) is one of Europe’s largest medical universities. It is the only university in Sweden to specialize in medicine and health sciences and Sweden’s largest centre for medical training and research. Karolinska Institutet´s overall mission is to improve the health of mankind through research and education. Research accounts for 80 percent of Karolinska Institutet’s activities. 600 research groups span the full spectrum of medical disciplines. More than 70% of those who teach at Karolinska Institutet have a doctoral degree. 400 doctoral degrees are awarded annually. With 6,000 full-time students enrolled, Karolinska Institutet has Sweden´s widest range of medical education programmes. Since 1895 Karolinska Institutet awards the annual Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Sample Research Projects at Karolinska Institutet:
1. Glucocorticoid hormones, their role in health and disease
Glucocorticoid hormones (GCs) regulate gene activity through interaction with and activation of an intracellular glucocorticoid receptor (GR). While some genes are stimulated others are repressed in response to GCs. Furthermore, the response is tissue specific, developmentally controlled and modulated by other cellular signals (cross-talk). We are interested in factors and mechanisms that regulate cellular GC responses under physiological or pathological conditions.
2. Protein structure in disease and therapy
The three-dimensional structures of proteins can provide insights into their functions and give a framework for the design of strong binding inhibitors which may be developed into drugs. Research projects in the laboratory focus on the structural analysis of proteins involved in disease or identified as promising targets for the development of novel inhibitors. The laboratory is engaged in a laboratory-scale structural genomics project, with the focus on the structure determination of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of polyketide antibiotics by the genus Streptomyces.