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QU announces array of awards for students, faculty members

QU announces array of awards for students, faculty members


Tribune News Network
Doha
WINNERS of the Best Poster Competition, 3-minute Thesis Competition, and Research Excellence Awards were announced during the recent Qatar University Annual Research Forum organised by QU Office of the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies.
Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam al Maadeed presented the best poster winners with certificates in the presence of QU President Dr Hassan Rashid al Derham, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Executive Director Dr Abdul Sattar al Taie, Oman's Sultan Qaboos University Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Postgraduate Studies and Research Dr Rahma al Mahrooqi and Kuwait University Vice President for Research Dr Taher Ahmed al Sahaf among others.
As many as 160 posters were submitted for the poster competition in undergraduate, graduate, postdoc students, and faculty categories under the headings Science and Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.
In the Thesis Competition, Sadaf Riaz from the College of Pharmacy won first place with 'A Big Heart: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly' while her colleague Ayat Hammad won second place for 'Synthesis and Pharmacological Screening of Different Piperine Analogs for Potential in Vitro Protection from ER Stress'. Computing student Farah al Qawasama won third place in this category for 'Optimising Number of Sensors in Wireless Sensor Networks of Structure Health Monitoring Systems'.
The Research Excellence Award was presented to College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abdel Magid Hamouda.
Six graduate students were also recognised including Civil Engineering student Khaled Hassan Rabie who received the Outstanding Thesis Award of QR10,000 for 'Drained Residual Shear Strength of Fine-Grained Soils and Soil-Solid Interfaces at Low to Medium Effective Normal Stresses: Analyses and Applications'.
Materials Science and Engineering student Anchu Ashok received the Graduate Research Award, which is accompanied by funding to present her research poster on 'Synthesis of Cobalt Catalysts Using Combustion Synthesis for Hydrogen Production' at the 2016 International Conference on Advanced Energy Materials in London this fall. The Graduate Assistant Award of QR5000 was presented to biological and environmental studies student Balsam Rizeq.

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