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Qatar University students' project takes first place in QNRF's Fourth Annual UREP competition

  • Five research projects compete in the final round of the Fourth UREP Competition.
  • Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) supports outstanding students.
    Doha, Qatar. 21 March 2012 – QNRF a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development yesterday announced the results of the “Fourth Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition” which was held this year under the auspices of Faisal Al-Suwaidi, President, Research and Development, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. A total of 12 students from two were awarded in QNRF’s Fourth Annual UREP competition and the prizes were presented as follows:
      First place: QR10,000 for each student and QR15,000 for each faculty member.
        Second place: QR7,000 for each student and QR10,000 for each faculty member.

          Third place: QR5,000 for each student and QR7,000 for each faculty member.Faisal Al-Suwaidi, President Research and Development Qatar Foundation and Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF, handed the prizes and the certificates to the winners at a presentation held in QNRF's offices. 

            First place was awarded to the project entitled Wireless Sensors for Corrosion Detection of Post-Tensioned Tendons in Bridges conducted by Mohannad Abo-Hassan , Mohamed Shehadeh , Ibrahim Dohair, Abdulfattah Shehadeh, Mohammad Alfar and Momen Anayeh and supervised by Dr. Khaldoon A. Bani-Hani, Dr. Ahmed Senouci  and Dr. Nasser Al Nuaimi , from Qatar University.
              Second prize was awarded to the project entitled The Qatar Online Oral History Project, conducted by Mariam Dahrouj , Shatha Farajallah and Sara Al-Khalfan from Qatar University , supervised by Mr. Andrew Mills , from Northwestern University in Qatar.
                Third place was awarded to the project entitled the Role of Information Technology In Combating Human Trafficking in Globalization Times and Impact on the State of Qatar, conducted by Abdulla Al-Mansouri , Abdulaziz Al-Thani and Hassan Al-Kuwari,supervised by Dr. Mohamed Salah Hamdi from Ahmed Bin Mohamed Military College.
                  In this Fourth Annual UREP Competition, the final reports of 101 QNRF funded UREP research projects, completed in 2011, were subject to careful review through two rounds of assessments, until five projects, 18 students and seven supervisors reached the final round of the competition. A representative of each team then gave a presentation of their research project in front of the judging panel chaired by Dr Hessa Al-Jaber, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ictQATAR. The panel included Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute, Dr Obaid Younossi, Director of RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, Dr Kassim H Habib, Senior Geologist, Exploration & PSA Development, QP, and Dr Okasha El Daly, Director of Projects at the Vice Chairman's Office, Qatar Museums Authority.

                    The five research projects that reached the final round of this year's competition have been recognized for their strong link to Qatar's national priorities and the topics reflected  the wide variety and diversity of the research ranging from the culture and sustainability of Souq Waqif, to the wireless sensing of corrosion and the oral history of Qatar.

                    In UREP, peer-reviewed proposals compete for QNRF funding of activities that go beyond the scope of the normal yearly academic coursework with students participating under the supervision of faculty members and professional researchers.

                      All QNRF funding Programs support Qatar's National Vision 2030 to build a knowledge-based economy by acting as a catalyst for education, training and diversification.

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