March 31, 2013

Research For Oil Industry Wins QNRF’s Competition

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has awarded first place to students from Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) at the conclusion of its fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition.

The winning project, which examined the effects of ultra-high pressures and temperatures on oil–based drilling mud, was one of five competing at the QNRF event on 27 March.

Student representatives presented their research, which had been selected through an extensive review process, to a panel of seven judges. Radhwan Al Saad, a member of the winning team, said, “As undergraduate students, participation in UREP was a very enriching experience for us at an early stage in our careers. The data compiled as part of research is a resource that the country can refer to in future years when they adopt different techniques for oil drilling.”

Students from College of the North Atlantic - Qatar won second place for their research on antimicrobial properties of traditional Arab medicinal plants, with students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar taking third place. Qatar University and TAMU-Q students placed fourth and fifth.

The annual competition is a spinoff of QNRF’s UREP, which provides students with ‘hands-on’ experience, under faculty mentorship, as part of the organization’s ‘learning by doing’ approach towards undergraduate research education. Since its inception in 2006, more than 2,000 undergraduate students have taken part in UREP.

Registration for participation in the 14th cycle of UREP opened on 27 March, 2013. Visit the QNRF website http://www.qnrf.org/ or download the iOS-enabled QNRF mobile app for further details.