Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QU-YSC) announced the launching of the 20th cycle of the “I am a researcher” program, for the tenth year in a row, the center attracted in this cycle Qatari students from grades 10, 11, and 12 of the secondary stage, from four schools in Qatar, Jassim Bin Hamad Secondary school for boys; Qatar School of Banking and Business Administration for Boys; Zubaydah secondary School for Girls; and Al-Arqam Academy for Girls.
The “I am a Researcher” program aims to encourage high school students in Qatar to innovate, undertake creative initiatives, and applied research aligning with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, as well as with the country’s strategies to achieve an innovative economy. In addition, this program provides participating students with new research skills, as students work with professors from Qatar University, which qualifies and prepares them in the future to enroll in the university. During the program, students are divided into groups where participating groups work on innovative research projects. This cycle includes six scientific research from various fields, including chemistry and materials sciences, earth and environmental sciences, biomedicine, engineering, and other scientific fields.
“I am Researcher” program In addition to its contribution to scientific research, it offers a large number of workshops to enhance the participants’ scientific research skills, as it is one of the most prominent skills on which the success of the research process depends. Also, it helps to enhance critical thinking skills and enhance the ability to test hypotheses and analyze results to reach the best possible result, as well as, training participating students to the latest modern technologies within Qatar University laboratories, critical thinking skills to solve problems, how to formulate scientific research, and workshops on the Presentation skills, workshops on the safety precautions in laboratories, in addition to other workshops that enhance the students’ skills, shape their personality and readiness for university life.
In her speech, Prof. Noora Jabor Al-Thani, the director of Qatar University Young Scientist Center, said: “The scientific research has become the engine of the new world system, and the world is in a race to reach as much technical, accurate and fruitful knowledge as possible to reach innovative solutions that may benefit people in overcoming many of the problems we may face in our lives and achieving the comfort and well-being of people. Moreover, scientific research is one of the most important driving forces that drive individuals towards excellence; it also helps them achieve their goals, which has helped us draw more attention toward scientific research in all fields of science as an essential element of progress in different disciplines.” She added, “The scientific research is one of the important pillars on which all countries of the world depend on to promote their societies and their peoples, as well as role in the development of human capacities, it is a key focus in stimulating the creativity, innovation and in building and developing industries and an essential contribution to the economy. building on knowledge.”
Finally, Prof. Noora Al-Thani also thanked the efforts of the center’s partners: UNESCO World Organization – Doha Office, Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.
Source: Qatar University