QNRF invites research proposals from school students
DOHA: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), yesterday launched the second cycle of the Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP) to spread research culture at an early age and in all stages of education in Qatar.
“This program encourages the creation of a community network with like-minded individuals from other schools and places them in touch with the local industry and medical institutions,” said Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie, Executive Director, QNRF, addressing the official launch of the second cycle of SSREP, yesterday at the Georgetown University- Qatar Auditorium.
“We encourage all students in Qatar to connect the value of research with the prospect of a valuable career path,” Dr Al Taie further said.
The second SSREP cycle is open to secondary school students and it is designed to enhance productive collaboration between teachers and stundets, to create awareness about research. Proposals will be accepted within different subjects as science, mathematics, social sciences, English and Arabic language and physical education.
In addition 30 Distinguished Secondary School Projects from 11 schools of the first cycle of SSREP were recognised and awarded. The projects were warded a Certificate of Appreciation together with QR5,000 to each student and teacher participating in these distinguished projects. In addition, those distinguished research projects prepared by the Qatari students will be nominated to compete for the Education Excellence Day Award in coordination with the Supreme Education Council (SEC). “These research will be nominated for further awards in coordination with the Supreme Education council,” said Dr Al Taie. Students and teachers from Qatar Academy - Secondary (6 projects), Al Sailliya Secondary Independent School for Girls (5 projects), Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Thani Secondary Independent School for Boys (4 projects), Al Doha Secondary Independent School for Boys (4 projects), Omar Bin Al Khattab Secondary Independent School for Boys (4 projects), Al Iman Secondary Independent School for Girls (2 projects), Abdullah bin Ali Al Mesnid Secondary Independent School for Boys (1 project), Al Furqan Secondary Independent School for Boys (1 project), Al Resala Secondary Independent School for Girls (1 project), Al Wakra Secondary Independent School for Boys (1 project) and Shaimaa Secondary Independent School for Girls (1 project) were awarded for their research proposals.
As many as 177 research proposals from 32 local secondary schools were received for consideration for the first cycle of SSREP. Experts from the Curriculum Standards Office at the SEC assessed the applications.
The team has accredited 158 research proposals, while 19 proposals were disqualified for non-compliance with the curriculum standards adopted by SEC.
At the close of the pre-defined period of four months for research completion, QNRF received the final reports of all participating research projects and started conducting a rigorous review process.
Each report was evaluated by three independent experts, as per the criteria set by QNRF and SEC.
Both parties agreed to adopt a winning score of 80 percent which resulted in the award of 30 distinguished projects involving 48 students of which 23 are Qatari students representing 47 percent of the total awarded students.
Source: The Peninsula
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