Undergraduate Research Experience Program
Recognizing the importance of introducing research in undergraduate education in Qatar, QNRF implemented the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). The UREP is a student–driven and student-conducted research project.
The UREP promotes “Learning by Doing” and “Hands-On” mentorship activities as effective methods for undergraduate education. In addition to a research-based education, students gain experience with team-based research collaboration with faculty and other undergraduates or research staff in Qatar. The UREP maximizes faculty-student interaction, and enhances the learning experiences of undergraduate students by encouraging faculty members to integrate students into their ongoing scholarly and professional activities.
Proposals are submitted biannually and awards of $10,000 per student are made on a competitive basis. The student receives a $4,000 stipend; $4,000 for moderate purchase of materials, travel and expenditure on services; with the remaining $2,000 distributed to faculty mentors for their mentorship activities. Students can expect to spend an average of 10 hours per week working on a UREP. Proposals require substantive educational content and may require that the student and faculty mentor work one-to-one, or teams of students work either with an individual faculty member or faculty teams. The UREP considers and encourages collaborative projects involving more than one academic or research institution in Qatar and, in some cases, a UREP can be designed to involve commercial firms and government offices in Qatar.
Georgetown students awarded UREP grants have studied Labor Migration, Intellectual History & Social Documenting, Qatari History & Heritage, as well as Media Branding & Viewer Perception.