Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) has successfully completed a US summer camp for Qatari high school students keen on pursuing a career in science.
The ‘High School Science Camp’, a three-week, fully sponsored program held at the University of California Irvine (UCI), was designed for Grade 10 and 11 local students, and introduced them to careers in science, in addition to providing them with hands-on experience in research labs.
More than 20 Qatari high school students interested in studying in the US participated in the program. It was part of QF R&D’s Office of Education Training and Development (OETD) new educational initiative to promote science-led careers.
The students spent the first week of training in Doha, where they gained strong exposure to the American academic research experience.
The students then spent the following two weeks at UCI where they were able to hone their specific interests in science and engineering. The immersion period included daily seminars focused on topics ranging from fuel cell research, global climate change, DNA extraction and ocean engineering.
Practical tasks saw students perform DNA extractions, and develop ocean and plotting data to monitor the change in carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere over a specified period of time.
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