Student Research

With the support of Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Research Fund, students at Carnegie Mellon Qatar are able to work on groundbreaking projects in the Gulf Region.

Not only does this increase Qatar’s profile as an educational and research hub, it also greatly contributes to the education of our undergraduate students. By engaging in research, Carnegie Mellon Qatar students are able to take on real-world problems and seek out solutions.

Involving undergraduate students in research has become a pedagogical tool nationwide, and undergraduate research at Carnegie Mellon has become a national model. Nothing really captures the mission of Carnegie Mellon better than research — and nothing better expresses the diverse ways our campus engages in research across the disciplines.

Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty participate in QNRF’s Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), which has been effective in encouraging students to get involved in research and in supporting their work. The following UREP projects were awarded during the 2011–2012 academic year:

  • Qatar Above-Ground Resources
    George White, Ph.D. (faculty) and Ian Skjervem (student)
  • Using a Mobile Application to Enhance Young Qatari Health Behavior, Selma Limam Mansar, Ph.D., (faculty); Maahd Shahzad, Nawal Miloud Behih and Syeda Sarah Ali (students)

Student Initiated Undergraduate Research Program

Carnegie Mellon has been a leader in undergraduate research for decades. Carnegie Mellon in Qatar has continued that tradition with the Student-Initiated Undergraduate Research Program (SIURP), which was created to complement a research stream, similar to the main campus, that supports student-initiated research and encourages students to develop cross-disciplinary projects while being mentored by Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty.

The Fellowship for Student-Initiated Undergraduate Research awards up to $4,000. Those eligible to apply are Carnegie Mellon Qatar undergraduate students —including freshmen — in a degree-granting program enrolled for the fall semester after the SIURP fellowship and who have earned a minimum of 3.00 GPA in the most recent semester. Students may apply for research in any area, as long as the research can be conducted on campus. Carnegie Mellon Qatar students work with a faculty advisor to participate in the university’s competitive SIURP.

Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds is part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, which is a program that supports and encourages undergraduates to participate in innovative research.
Meeting of the Minds is an annual research symposium that gives students an opportunity to present their research and project work to a wide audience of faculty, fellow students, family members and industry representatives.

Students use posters, videos and other visual aids to help them present their work in a manner that can be easily understood by those who are not in that chosen field. Through this experience, the students learn how to bridge the gap between conducting research and presenting it to a wider audience.

A review committee consisting of industry experts and faculty members from other universities reviews the presentations and choose the best projects and posters. Awards and certificates will be presented to the winners.

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