FAQs about the Science Research Practicum

If you are enrolling in the Science Research Practicum at DIS Copenhagen, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: What is the Science Research Practicum?
A: The Science Research Practicum is an experiential learning opportunity, which allows students to gain experiences in their area of study within the natural and health sciences. The duration of this practicum is one academic semester (4 months) and involves many different types of research opportunities including laboratory, clinically, systematic reviews and more.

The student will be matched with a supervisor who can offer both academic and professional advice in order to fulfill one of the main goals of this experience: to develop a student/supervisor relationship that benefits both the DIS student and the Copenhagen-based research institution. 

Q: What is the goal(s) of the Science Research Practicum?
A: The Science Research Practicum is designed to create mutually beneficial research partnerships between DIS students and Copenhagen-based research institutions. The partnerships will not only foster international ties but also provide students the chance to be involved in a specific research field and be part of an active research team and therefore develop a research project with achievable parameters.

Throughout the semester, this practicum will allow DIS students to learn clinically and laboratory-based techniques and skills. Students will be expected to keep a research journal of their daily involvement with the project including tasks, outcomes, and reflections. At the end of the semester all students involved in this practicum will participate in a Research Poster Symposium where they will have the chance to present the work they have done throughout the semester to peers and professionals in their field. 

Q: What is the student profile?
A: This practicum is designed for highly motivated students who have a strong science background within the field of interest and some basic research experience. The student must be willing to commit a large portion of their semester to an engaging opportunity involving hands-on research in the universities and medical institutes in the Copenhagen region.

Q: Is the Science Research Practicum a DIS program?
A: No, the Science Research Practicum is an intensive 6-credit elective course for which you must apply and be selected. Approval for enrollment in this course is not guaranteed. 

Q: How does the Science Research Practicum fit in with my DIS course curriculum?
A: In addition to your science or health core course, you will also be enrolled in the Science Research Practicum (6 Credits). In many ways these two courses will likely shape your DIS experience as they should be the top two academic priorities during your study abroad experience.

Additionally you will enroll in DIS electives that fulfill your university’s requirements, most likely one or two additional 3-credit courses. 

Q: How do I apply for the Science Research Practicum how do I apply?
A: Further application information, including the application, is available on the Course form in DIS’ Student Registration (accessible only after you have been admitted to DIS).

Prior to your application being submitted and reviewed, you should register for alternative electives, just in case your application is not approved. If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation from DIS and at that point, we will work with you to update your course enrollment. 

Q: What does a DIS student research project entail?
A: Please view DIS’ website for Science Research Practicum (see syllabus).

Q: Can the research paper I produce be published?
A: The research paper produced in this practicum is not written with the intent of publishing. There is no guarantee that you will be able to carry out a research project in a semester’s timespan that will develop into a publishable paper. The objective of the research paper is to have a final written product of the student’s research experience that includes the overall process, the project’s significance, and the contribution to the field of research.

Q: What is expected of a DIS Science Research Practicum student?
A: Science Research Practicum students are expected to do the following:

  • Select the research topic(s), with some restrictions on the degree of choice based on supervisors’ instructions
  • Demonstrate individual effort and constructive cooperation with the supervisor
  • Carry out research involving a series of stages: selection of a topic, preparation of a research proposal, ethics approval (if applicable), collection of data, analysis, and write up
  • Participate in a culminating poster session representing the student’s engagement with the research project.

It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the supervisor any concerns s/he may have. It is part of the commitment of the practicum for students/supervisors to have weekly “check-in” meetings. It will be the student’s responsibility to find a meeting time with their supervisor.

Additionally there will be several Wednesdays throughout the semester where the student will be required to be present at the Copenhagen-based research institution for four hour time blocks.

Q: What are some possible benefits of participating in the Science Research Practicum?

  • This practicum provides an international research experience in a semester’s time span.
  • Allows students to develop the necessary skills needed to successfully carry out research in a foreign setting.
  • Provides an academic cultural immersion opportunity
  • Students will be able to study abroad and experience hands-on opportunities in the classroom as well as in the clinical and/or lab setting.
  • DIS students that complete the research practicum will have a competitive edge when returning to their home university with increased knowledge in a specific field of interest.
  • Many professionals have come to study Denmark’s tax funded and almost entirely public health care system. Interacting and working with doctors that are part of this system and carrying out clinical research will provide students a unique perspective of the relationship between medicine and research in Denmark.

Q: If I have more questions about the Science Research Practicum who should I contact?
A: The Science & Health Project Manager, Stephanie Clemente at DIS@umn.edu.

Please put ‘SRP-Copenhagen’ in the subject of your inquiry.