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March 14, 2013

Participation by Qatari students in QNRF Program up by 58 percent

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has announced the winners of its 13th Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), with participation from 68 Qatari students, the highest number to date.

Over the past six years, UREP has provided more than 2,000 undergraduate students in Qatar with the opportunity to gain significant experience in team-based research collaboration with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other undergraduates or research staff. The program promotes ‘learning by doing’ and ‘hands on’ mentorship activities as effective methods for undergraduate research education.

The latest cycle of UREP saw a total of 134 proposals submitted and, following a stringent peer review process, 45 of those projects were awarded. The participating institutions include Qatar University, with the highest number of proposals awarded, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Ahmed Bin Mohamed Military College and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF said, “What makes this cycle unique is the fact that 15 proposals were awarded in social sciences, making it the biggest share —38 percent –among all fields of sciences.”

The awarded undergraduates will be conducting research on a variety of topics that included understanding the entrepreneurial environment in Qatar, creating novel solutions for smartphone sensing systems facing high dust levels in Qatar, adopting best global accounting standards for organizations in Qatar, and understanding ultrasound waves in the crude oil industry.

Further highlighting the increased participation by Qatari students, Dr Khalid Al-Quradaghi, Director of Programs at QNRF, said, “We were very pleased to note the increased participation by Qatari students in this cycle of UREP, with 68 Qatari students awarded – a 58 percent increase from the last cycle. The fact that 44 of those students were women is also a mark of success in our mission to support young women in Qatar, in particular to develop their skills in science and research.”