Student Research

SFS-Q's curriculum trains students to rely on evidence to make arguments and conclusions about the world around them. In addition to their research in the classroom, students at SFS-Q regularly conduct and contribute to cutting-edge research with assistance from faculty.

Silatech Internship

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Abdullah Ahmad (SFS-Q ’16)

Abdullah Ahmad (SFS-Q ’16) interned at Silatech. He researched the stakeholders that could potentially play an important role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Jordan. This included governmental and nongovernmental entities that could help boost entrepreneurship in the country. He also worked on a policy process, which aims to provide assistance to the Jordanian government in implementing the most effective policy for entrepreneurship enhancement.

U.S. Embassy Internship

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Razane Cherk (SFS-Q ’16)

Razane Cherk (SFS-Q ’16) interned for the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy. She translated tweets from English to Arabic and vice versa as well as gathered Arabic news reports for the daily media round up. She also worked with the press officer on organizing a joint program with Qatar University to train journalism students.  Additionally, Razane wrote a report on a prospective International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) candidate, which was sent to Washington for review. She also put together the press release that was sent to Washington about the National Day event that the U.S. embassy hosted on February 22.

Silatech Internship

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Barbara Gallets (COL ’15)

Barbara Gallets (COL ’15) currently studies abroad at SFS-Q and interned at Silatech. She translated a 11,000 word report about the business regulatory environment in Qatar. She also provided translation support for a project on the Jordanian entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Brookings Doha Center Internship

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Aya Makki (SFS-Q ’16)

Aya Makki (SFS-Q ’16) interned at Brookings Doha Center. Her main responsibilities included conducting literature reviews about the topics of interest to Brookings and providing regional news updates. Aya also compiled information about foreign aid to Jordan and wrote annotated bibliographies about foreign aid from the GCC.

Silatech Internship

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Andrea Quevedo (SFS-Q '15)

Andrea Quevedo (SFS-Q '15) interned at Silatech this spring semester. She worked with business data from Qatar including both start-up and already established SMEs. She used STATA and Excel to formulate an expected business growth analysis by business sector and gender in Qatar. This analysis is intended to be replicated in countries across the MENA region. 

U.S. Embassy Internship

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Mohamed Sirelkhatim (SFS-Q ’15)

Mohamed Sirelkhatim (SFS-Q ’15) interned at the U.S. Embassy's Foreign Commercial Service Office. One of his main responsibilities was to update the Country Commercial Guide (CCG) used by the Embassy to facilitate trade between Qatari and U.S. companies. This process requires a sector by sector analysis of the Qatari business market and all of the regulatory laws surrounding it. 

Symposium for Undergraduate Research

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Ahwaz Akhtar (SFS-Q '16)

Ahwaz Akhtar (SFS-Q '16) presented his UREP research project, "Advancing Financial Education for Transnational Families," at the Symposium for Undergraduate Research at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., which took place in April 2015. Ahwaz's presentation included a screening of the video curriculum with a general discussion on the realities of migration in Qatar and the question of migrant welfare in the context of the GCC countries. Ahwaz's trip was supported by the UREP grant.

Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference

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Tehreem Asghar (SFS-Q '16)

Tehreem Asghar (SFS-Q '16) presented her UREP research project and paper, "The Doha Paradox: Disparity between Educated and Working Qatari Women," at the Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference, which took place in March 2015. She also presented the project's poster presentation on main campus in April 2015. Tehreem's trip was supported by the UREP grant.

11th International Business and Social Sciences Research Conference

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Fatma Marafi (SFS-Q ’15)

Fatma Marafi (SFS-Q ’15) was invited to present her paper titled, “Gender Discrimination in U.S. Bank Lending,” at the 11th International Business and Social Sciences Research Conference (BISSRC). This work is based on her honors thesis. The conference took place in Dubai in January 2015. Fatma’s trip was supported by SFS-Q’s Student Conference Travel Fund.

Undergraduate Research Experience Program Competition

Researcher(s): 
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Sammy Hassan (SFS-Q ’15)
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Matea Malikanovic (SFS-Q ’15)
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Nadia Al-Khater (SFS-Q ’16)
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Sana Jamal (SFS-Q ’15)
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Khadija Mahsud (SFS-Q ’14)
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Catherine Lechicki (SFS-Q ’16)

Six students from SFS-Q were chosen to compete in the Qatar National Research Fund’s 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition. As part of this competition, QNRF selected the best 25 projects among all UREP projects completed in 2014 across Doha. SFS-Q had two projects under consideration and both were selected to be among the top 25. The students presented their work to a panel of expert judges on February 17th.  They were subsequently selected to present their research to the public on March 18th. Each student was given 1000 QR in recognition of their accomplishment.

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

Students:  Nadia Al-Khater (SFS-Q ’16), Sana Jamal (SFS-Q ’15), Catherine Lechicki (SFS-Q ’16), Khadija Mahsud (SFS-Q ’14)

Primary Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Patricia O'Connor (GU)

Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Mark Farha (SFS-Q)

 

Fostering Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development in Qatar

Students:  Sammy Hassan (SFS-Q ’15) and Matea Malikanovic (SFS-Q ’15)

Primary Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Mark Farha (SFS-Q)

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. S. Thomas E. Emerson (CMU-Q)