Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has recently announced the awardees of the 23rd Cycle of its Undergraduate Research Experience Programme (UREP). Thirty of the 78 research proposals submitted by student teams from seven universities across Qatar are chosen for the award.
The current UREP cycle will support the research activities of 116 undergraduate students and 60 faculty members. Of the 30 awarded proposals, 20 have been awarded to Qatar University and one to Hamad Bin Khalifa University. The remaining proposals were awarded to the following QF partner universities: Texas A&M University at Qatar (five awards) and Georgetown University in Qatar (two awards). The remaining two proposals were awarded to Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar and Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar.
UREP promotes practical, research-based learning through hands-on mentorship activities, where students gain experience in team-based research collaborations with faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Under its 23rd Cycle, 12 of the awarded proposals address the Energy and Environment Pillar of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS); eight are focused on the Health Pillar; seven on the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Pillar; and three on Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology Pillar.
Dr Aisha Al Obaidly, QNRF Capacity Building Director said that following an intensive reviewing process, the winning proposals were selected based on the research subjects – they each address challenges outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy.
Through this programme, students will receive research-based education that will provide them with a solid foundation to succeed throughout their academic journey. The initiative will also promote collaboration between students and faculty, and enrich Qatar’s research capacity.’
Launched in 2006, UREP is QNRF’s longest-running programme. More than 3,400 students have participated in and benefited from the programme to date, with teams of students from universities across Qatar conducting research under the mentorship of their professors in areas of direct relevance to QNRS. For more information about the QNRF programmes, visit qnrf.org.