Posted on March 07, 2020

As part of its commitment to capacity building and developing future generations of scientists and researchers, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University has announced the dates for the 6th cycle of its successful Summer Research Program (SRP).

Taking place each year, the SRP offers intensive research training opportunities in specific fields of biomedical research including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders for exceptional undergraduate students. This includes hands-on laboratory research experience under the supervision of distinguished QBRI researchers in a supportive and knowledge-based environment. Participants will also take part in seminars, workshops and more informal activities organized by QBRI and other Qatar-based institutes. QBRI’s SRP will run for eight weeks in two distinct batches, specifically, May 3 to June 25 and May 17 to July 9. To be considered, applicants must be enrolled in a relevant undergraduate program and have a minimum graduate point average (GPA) of 3.0. Applications will be evaluated by QBRI’s selection committee based on specific criteria, including academic performance. The intensive nature of the program necessitates full-time participation.

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The program is designed to develop students’ critical thinking, as well as enhance communication and team-building skills. In addition, participants will receive invaluable mentoring and career counseling throughout the program to support their educational goals and career development. Speaking about the program, Dr Omar El-Agnaf, executive director at QBRI, said: “We are proud to build on the continuous success of our Summer Research Program for the  sixth consecutive year, and we always look forward to developing and delivering the program. It is exciting for our scientists to mentor and influence students who come with an open mind and a natural enthusiasm for biomedical research, and will go on to become future scientists.”

The application process for Qatar Biomedical Research Institute’s Summer Research Program can be found at In keeping with Qatar’s National Health Strategy and the Qatar National Research Strategy, QBRI aims to improve and transform healthcare through innovation in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the Qatari population and the region.

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