Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has awarded prizes to the top three research projects presented by students in the 8th cycle of its Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). The awardees were announced on Monday 21 March, 2016 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
As in previous years, the top 25 percent of completed projects funded under the program were selected to participate in the annual UREP competition.The best 19 projects completed in 2015 were selected for an initial review.The top six scoring teams in the initial review were then chosen to present to a panel of judges and the public, while the remaining teams were given the chance to present their work as posters, which were displayed on the day of the competition.
Teams covered a range of diverse research areas, such as biomedicine and health, engineering and technology, ICT, and social sciences and humanities. The projects were conducted by teams from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), Qatar University (QU), Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q).
First place in the competition was awarded to Abdulla Al-Suwaidi. Titled ‘Investigation of the Performances of the Gas Electron Multiplier for Collider Experiments’, the project involved running experimental tests of the Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) under different conditions for future use in applications such as high energy collider experiments.
Second place went to Qatar University for a project titled ‘Synthesis and Pharmacological Screening of Novel Chemical Chaperones against Tunicamycin-Induced ER Stress and Renal Cell Death’. A WCM-Q project called ‘Gene Delivery using Novel Cationic Cyclic Peptides’ won third place.
To date, more than 2,750 students have taken part in the initiative, with teams of students across universities in Qatar paired with one or more faculty members and research mentors in order to conduct research in a particular field.
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