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Qatar University students' project wins UREP competition

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The first-prize Qatar University research team
Parents, students and QNRF staff recently gathered to honor the winners of the fourth Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) competition, which was held this year under the auspices of Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi, President, Research and Development, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

"We are excited and impressed by the results of this competition," said Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Exectutive Director, QNRF. "These students have gone above and beyond the demanding responsibilities of academic life to make remarkable strides in research. They represent the future generation of Qatar, and we are proud to support them."

Mr. Alsuwaidi and Dr. Al-Taie handed the prizes and the certificates to the winners at a presentation held in QNRF's offices.

First prize 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 prize 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.

The competition involved 101 QNRF funded UREP research projects, completed in 2011, which were subject to careful review through two rounds of assessments. Five projects, involving 18 students and seven supervisors, reached the final round of the competition. A panel of judges then evaluated presentations by representatives from each team, who described their methodology and findings.

Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ictQATAR, chaired the judging panel, which 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 selected were recognized for their strong links to Qatar's national priorities. Their topics reflected the variety and diversity of research taking place in the country, from the culture and sustainability of Souq Waqif, Qatar's "Old Souq," to the wireless sensing of corrosion and the oral history of Qatar.

The goal of UREP is to provide hands-on, real-life research experience to undergraduate students, thus preparing them with specialized skills that prepare them to transition into roles as competitive members of today's highly-dynamic global research community. Further, UREP promotes faculty-to-student mentorship and collaborations between the public and private sectors and is specifically designed to encourage the participation of women in professional life. 
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