Students from Northwestern University in Qatar recently presented their research theses at the 14th annual Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition at Northwestern’s home campus in the United States.

NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E Dennis noted that students in Qatar have numerous opportunities to be involved in home campus activities, which reflects the alignment of research and education offered in Doha and Evanston.

This annual event is an opportunity for our students to showcase their findings with the community in Evanston, and to showcase the outstanding research done by our students in Doha.’

Shakeeb Asrar presented his project, Sensationalism in Pakistani News Channels: A Downside of Media Deregulation? which investigated the dramatisation of news in Pakistan. His work received the Best Panel Presentation for Global Challenges and Connections. He was also awarded the third best overall research presentation. Asrar was mentored by NU-Q Professor Joe Khalil, a seasoned global media professional and expert in TV production and programming. Asrar said it was really interesting to study what he has been witnessing in Pakistan for years

It was also eye-opening to research how news channels operate in Pakistan, since I wasn’t aware of back-end operations such as media ownership, news gathering, professional background of news anchors, and so forth.’

Jemina Legaspi’s presentation, Different Perceptions of Audiences, Organisers, and Scientists in Public Science Majlis Forum in Qatar, explored the question of whether the public in Qatar has a deficit understanding of science. Her topic is one segment of a larger UREP research project she is working on alongside fellow student researchers Aisha Al Qadi and Sara Al Ansari, under guidance by NU-Q Professor Anto Mohsin.

The annual expo serves as a platform for the global Northwestern community to present their research projects, whether they are performed on stage, written in a thesis, or produced in a lab. Participants at the expo presented their work through poster and oral presentations in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

For more information about Northwestern University in Qatar, log on to their website at qatar.northwestern.edu.