Posted on March 24, 2016

The Qatar Foundation Research and Development’s (QF R&D) Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) concluded yesterday following the announcement of the ARC’16 Awards. They include the‘Best Research Office of the Year Award’, ‘Undergraduate Research Experience Programme (UREP) Competition Awards’, ‘The Best Representative Image of an Outcome (BRIO) Competition Awards’ and recognitions for the Qatar STEAM Fair and the Qatar Research Leadership Programme (QRLP) Graduates.

Presented by Dr Nabeel Al Salem, Chair of the ARC’16 Organising Committee and Executive Director of Outreach and Communications at QF R&D, the ARC’16 Awards included three categories,‘Student Poster Presentations’, ‘Regular Poster Presentations’ and ‘Best Research Presentation’ in the fields of Energy and Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Health, and Social Science,  Arts and Humanities. In the ‘Student Poster Presentation’,Energy and Environment Category, the first prize went to Sara Ahmed from Qatar University and second prize winner was Aya Sasfm from Texas A&M University at Qatar.

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In Computing and Information Technology, the first prize award winner was Zina Chkirbene from Qatar University and University of Burgundy Dijon, France, the second prize winner was Manoj Reddy from the University of California, USA, and the third prize was given to Yasmin Halwani from the University of British Columbia, Canada. In the Health category, the first prize winner was Bayan Alemrayat from Qatar University followed by the second prize winner, Amal Ibrahim from Qatar University. In third place was Soumaya Allouch from Qatar University.

The winner in the ‘Student Poster Presentations’ in the Social Science, Arts and Humanities category was Suad Muwangua from Qatar University.The second prize winner was Noor Al-Tamimi from Northwestern University in Qatar and the third prize went to Jonathan Ouellet from University College London Qatar. The ‘Regular Poster Presentations’ award first prize winner in the Energy and Environment category was Abdelhakim Hassabou from Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute. Second place was awarded to Chris Lowry from the University of Buffalo and third place went to Samer Adham from ConocoPhillips – Global Watar Sustainability Center.

The first prize winner in the Computing and Information Technology category was Fahad Al-Obaidli from Qatar Computing Research Institute in collaboration with the University of East Anglia. Second place was awarded to Abubakr Al-Abbasi from Qatar University and the third prize winner was Raik Aissaoui from Qatar University. In the Health category, Madeeha Kamal from Hamad Medical Corporation came in first followed by Gaurav Thareja from Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. Ahmad Telfah came in third place.

The winner in the Social Science, Arts and Humanities category was Anis Ben Brik from Doha International Family Institute. Loui Khalil from Qatar University was awarded second place and the third prize winner was Emel Aktas from Cranfield University. The ‘Best Research Presentation’ award in the Energy and Environment category was received by Mohammed Al-Hashimi from Texas A&M University at Qatar. In the Computing and Information Technology category, the winner was Nader Meskin from Qatar University. In the Health category, the winner was Hiba Tohid from Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar and in the Social Science, Arts and Humanities category, the winner was Mohamed Ahmedna from Qatar University.

The QRLP graduates were recognised by Faisal M.Alsuwaidi, President of Qatar Foundation Research and Development. Part of the Office of Education, Training & Development, a QF R&D initiative, the programme provides formal education and training in research and management. The ‘Best Research Office of the Year Award’ for 2015 was awarded to Texas A&M University at Qatar by Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), and Dr Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, Deputy Executive Director of QNRF.

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UREP is one of Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) accolades where students from Education City and Qatar University worked with faculty members to obtain research and development experience. Winners of the 8thUREP competition were also announced. Third prize went to Dr Fatima Al Maadid, second prize went to Dalia Abdel Sattar and first prize went to Abdulla Al-SuwaidiThe ‘BRIO Competition Award’ was won by Dr Rashmi Fotedar, a Lead Principal Investigator from the Ministry of Environment. With her team, Dr Fotedar demonstrated that Qatari marine sediments could harbour a variety of undiscovered fungal species through an image from Salwa beach in Qatar.

The competition was designed to showcase the outcomes of QNRF-funded research by utilising the images in QNRF’s own publications and media channels and highlight their significance in a creative way.Images submitted were either photographs or illustrations. Thuraya Al Omar and Sherin Karawia, both students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, were recognized for winning the ARC’16 Main Stage Design Competition.

The recently announced Qatar STEAM Fair winners were also in attendance. Organised in collaboration with QNRF and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the three-day Fair encouraged students to develop projects reflecting the wide range of skills necessary to succeed in the field of science. The Grand champions are set to represent Qatar at the renowned Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) to be held from 8th – 13th May 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA,  and the Intel Arab Fair set to take place later this year.

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