Bridging the gap in our scientific education

LVSO, the Research for Students Society Leuven, offers a growing number of students from Leuven the opportunity to partake in research. This year more than 100 students participated in lab work in Leuven.

If you would be interested in guiding a student through his/her first research experience, we kindly ask you to define a project by explaining the research topic and techniques the student might use, and send this to
Prof. Lies Langouche, lies.langouche@kuleuven.be

It is also possible that a student contacts you directly to ask for an internship position in your lab. For both possibilities (defining a project yourself or getting contacted by a student) it is you as promotor who decides which student can come to your lab.

After the research internship, the student has to make a scientific report of the internship. Besides, the student will propose an evaluation form, where you can score the student.
In  May, you will be contacted by the student secretariat for gathering the scores.

For further information you can contact the president of LVSO through voorzitter@studentonderzoeker.be.

What is expected from a tutor?

Providing a research project for a duration of four weeks or longer, aimed at (bio)medical students, under daily management of a supervisor. We strive for a situation where the student has his own project, starting with acquiring theoretical knowledge and experimental techniques, progressing through collecting results, data analysis and finishing with presentation of the results in a report, poster presentation or scientific talk. In this situation, the student has responsibility for his results, and the project is typically a small pioneer project, for the tutor to know if there are potential break-throughs in a specific direction.

However, we realize that these small projects are not possible in every lab, and therefore it is also possible for the student to rotate between the multiple projects of the different people working in the lab.

There is no strict obligation to offer one of both types of projects, but since the student learns most from these projects, we recommend these types.

Thank you very much for your collaboration!