Qatar University water research project bags top honours
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Qatar University water research project bags top honours

Qatar University's project on effective remediation method for desalinated water bagged the top prize at the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program Competition held at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
The project accomplished by QU students Sana Khan, Maymoona Ayesh and Fatemeh Fahraei under the guidance of Dr Mohammad al Ghouti was among the top five projects that made it to the final stage of the prestigious competition.
The second prize went to a group from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) for their work titled 'Metformin improves endothelial function and protects vasculature against glucose toxicity'.
Another WCMC-Q team project titled 'Validation and Functional Characterisation of Novel Factors in Senescent 3T3-L1 Pre-adipocytes' won third prize.
Other winners were Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) at fourth place while another team of QU students took the fifth place.
In the poster presentations, three QU posters were awarded out of 20 presentations on display tackling engineering, social sciences and humanities and medical and health sciences.
Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Executive Director Dr Abdul Dr Abdul Sattar al Taie presented the awards to the winners.
Speaking on the occasion, he praised the contribution of the UREP programme in showcasing works of the budding researchers in the country in line with the vision of QNRF.
"As a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), QNRF invests in cutting-edge research to enhance QF's mission of building Qatar's innovation and technology capacity to help the nation develop into a hub of research excellence," he said.
He added,"Furthermore, at QNRF we believe that facilitating research opportunities for undergraduate students is crucial to the development of a sustainable knowledge-based economy."
"This is why UREP and all of our other programmes support researches have direct relevance to the Qatar National Research Strategy."
About 2,500 undergraduate students a third of which are Qataris from universities across the country have been recognised under the UREP programme since its introduction in 2006.
Students have participated in 761 projects during the 16 UREP cycles that have been held to date with 656 UREP projects completed in the past seven and a half years.
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