UREP

Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

Student research at SFS-Qatar is funded through the Qatar National Research Fund's (QNRF) dedicated student research fund - the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). 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.

SFS-Qatar UREP Awards

Students at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Qatar have received a number of UREP awards to study topics of importance to Qatar's national development or national interests.Use the list below to learn about projects that were awarded by UREP.

Do U.S. Banks Discriminate in Lending?

2015
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 17-179-5-053
Principal Investigator(s): 
student
Fatma Marafi (SFS-Q '15)
Status: 
In progressDescription

This project uses advanced econometric techniques, big data, and visualization software (ArcGIS) to address lending discrimination. Using data on more than 90% of the loan applications in the United States between the years 2004 and 2012, the researchers study the lending practices of U.S. banks...

The Doha Paradox: Reasons for Disparity Between Educated and Working Qatari Women

2014
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 16-120-5-032
Principal Investigator(s): 
faculty
student
Mariam Bengali (SFS-Q '15)
student
Rumsha Shahzad (SFS-Q '16)
student
Tehreem Asghar (SFS-Q '16)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

The objective of this project is to discover the reasons for the discrepancy between the number of Qatari women who receive higher level, tertiary education, and those who are part of the workforce. The project will take into account social, economic, cultural, and religious factors in order to...

A Dynamic Pricing Model for Emissions Taxes

2014
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 16-124-5-036
Principal Investigator(s): 
student
Carl Mattias Nordfeldt (SFS-Q '15)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

This project aims to develop a model for dynamic pricing of emissions, using real-time pollution and weather data, coupled with topography and population data. This dynamic pricing model will be superior to the cap-and-trade model by incorporating the correct externality costs, thus providing...

Fostering Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development in Qatar

2013
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 14-127-5-032
Principal Investigator(s): 
faculty
affiliate
Thomas E. Emerson
CMU-Q
student
Sammy Hassan (SFS-Q '15)
student
Matea Malikanovic (SFS-Q '15)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

This project critically assesses the scope of financial accessibility, and the larger business environment, for SMEs in Qatar. It gauges the effectiveness of current policies through the interpretation of quantitative research data, and examines whether financial policies in comparable GCC...

Social Chatter and Asset Bubbles: The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

2013
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 14-131-5-033
Principal Investigator(s): 
student
Mohammed Al-Hinai (SFS-Q '15)
student
Touhami Abi (SFS-Q '14)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

This project examines how social media and social chatter have contributed to the rise and fall of bitcoin. The researchers will analyze relevant tweets from 2010 onwards to understand how social chatter about bitcoin is related to changes in its value, to identify the bloggers who have been the...

Qatari Cuisine - A Source for Writing History (Awarded to Qatar University)

2013
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 14-049-6-001
Principal Investigator(s): 
affiliate
Sherine El-Menshawy (Qatar University)
Status: 
Completed

Advancing Financial Education for Transnational Families

2013
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 14-073-5-017
Principal Investigator(s): 
student
Ahwaz Akhtar (SFS-Q '16)
student
Hisham Hassan (SFS-Q '15)
student
Fatema Hubail (SFS-Q '16)
student
Salar Khan (SFS-Q '15)
student
Atul Menon (SFS-Q '15)
student
Salman Ahad Khan (SFS-Q '16)
student
Sherif Elgindi (SFS-Q '16)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

This project was made possible by a UREP award (UREP 14-073-5-017) from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of The Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.   

The purpose of this project is to...

Doha by Design: Urban Planning and Social Spaces in Doha, Qatar

2013
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 14-119-5-027
Principal Investigator(s): 
fellow
Patricia O'Connor
GU
faculty
student
Nadia Al-Khater (SFS-Q '16)
student
Sana Jamal (SFS-Q '15)
student
Catherine Lechicki (SFS-Q '16)
student
Khadija Mahsud (SFS-Q '14)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

The project addresses the question of how urban space affects social interaction in Doha, Qatar. It evaluates the urban design of Doha, and determines whether or not this design is conducive to Qatar’s National Vision. The research will begin by evaluating the physical and social composition of...

Understanding the Construction of Qatari Society - Subjectivity in the 21st Century

2012
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 13-072-6-004
Principal Investigator(s): 
student
Emilio Ocampo Eibenschutz (SFS-Q '13)
student
Fahad Alkhater (SFS-Q '15)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

This project investigates Qatar’s residents’ sense of identity and how social circumstances affect the social development of Qatar. The project looks at both historical and contemporary constructions of identity, particularly those embodied in the modern State of Qatar, its national policies,...

Using Social Media to Assess Qatar as a Brand

2012
Funding source: 
Undergraduate Research Experience Program
UREP ID 13-100-5-026
Principal Investigator(s): 
student
Danah Dehdary (SFS-Q '13)
Status: 
CompletedDescription

Social media plays an increasingly important role in brand recognition and perception. This study aims to critically examine how Qatar is perceived in the social media and to evaluate it as a brand. The research will utilize a dataset of all Twitter tweets over a period of 365 days that carries...

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