Vacation Research and Volunteer Programme (VRVP)

The Vacation Research Programme (VRP) has now been restructured to incorporate a Volunteer Component, in partnership with the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA), and has been renamed Vacation Research and Volunteer Programme (VRVP). 

Application for VRVP commencing January 2016 is now open.


Is a medical science-based career on you cards?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a medical research scientist?

Want to boost your CV for university application?

The Vacation Research and Volunteer Programme (VRVP) is a new programme available to pre-university students in Malaysia, who are interested in exploring a bio-medical research career. Succesful candidates will be given the opportunity to spend 2 months in research laboratories in various tertiary institutions in Malaysia, involving in hands-on research project. They will be mentored by distinguished research scientists, with the assistance of research fellows, post-docs, graduate students and laboratory technicians.

In 2015, the programme will include an additional one-month volunteer component, whereby candidates will be based at the Volunteer Unit at the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA).

Testimonial from previous candidates:

“From the feeding of zebrafish to the dissection of its brain, I developed a better understanding of the development of a zebrafish and different parts of its brain. The weekly journal club and meeting had also given me exposure to the latest development in the field of neuroscience.”

Lim Min Ai, VRP 2011 BRIMS, (Monash Sunway)

“I spent some time in the cytogenetic laboratory learning how to identify and rearrange the chromosome based on their bands and sizes, using computer softwares. I also had the opportunity to watch how a bone marrow aspiration and trephine was performed.”

Hing Sher-Ryn, VRP 2012 Human Genome Centre (USM)

“I was involved in leucocyte depletion of whole blood, which aimed to reduce the amount of human DNA in plasmodium-infected whole blood samples prior to next-generation sequencing and genotyping studies.”

Esther Tang Teen Teen, VRP2012 Malaria Research Centre (UNIMAS)

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