Past UREP Awards

The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) is a Qatar National Research Fund grant program which ​​​​​​provides students with an opportunity to develop their research skills, gain experience in team-based collaboration and participate in a real world project under the mentorship of a GU-Q faculty member. There are two application cycles each year with competition deadlines taking place in the Spring and Fall semesters.

Awarded GU-Q Student Projects

Humanizing Resources: Analyzing Employment Opportunities for the Disabled in Qatar

  • UREP cycle: 24
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Sonia Alonsa
  • Student(s):  Abdul Rehmaan Qayyum, Khansa Maria

Understanding Royalist, Nationalist, and Tribal Affiliations in the Post Blockade States of the Gulf

  • UREP cycle: 24
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Prof. Amira Sonbol
  • Student(s):  Ameena Almeer, Sarah Al-Mutoteh

Qatar’s establishment of infant industries in response to the blockade

  • UREP cycle: 22
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Alexis Antoniades
  • Student(s): Rafia Al-Jassim
  • Deliverables:
    • Qatar’s economy. Creation of a database that can be used by any scholar, in the country and abroad.
    • Public presentation at GU-Q and also at QNL

Breaking down the Stereotypes: Experimental Approach to Discrimination on the basis of Nationality and Accent

  • UREP cycle: 21
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Mongoljin Batsaikhan, Dr. Sulagna Mookerjee
  • Student(s): Mohammad Taimur Ahmad, Yara AlKahala, Yara Abdelmaged,  Awatif Al Habsi
  • Deliverables:
    • Present the work at Foundations of Utility and Risk Conference.
    • Present the research results at International Research Meeting in Business and Management (IRMBAM-2018)

Water Security Strategies of Gulf States in Comparative Perspective

  • UREP Cycle: 20
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Harry Verhoeven
  • Student(s): Jihane Benamar
  • Deliverables:
    • Presentation of theoretical framework and early findings of the research project at the Middle East Dialogue 2018 meeting in Washington DC on 23 March 2018.

Do US Banks Discriminate in Lending?

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

  • UREP Cycle: 14
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Alexis Antoniades
  • Student(s): Touhami Abi, Mohammed Al-Hinai

Fostering SME development in Qatar

  • UREP cycle: 14
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Mark Farha
  • Student(s): Sammy Hassan, Matea Malikanovic
  • Deliverables:
  • The students held a public presentation at Georgetown

Advancing Financial Education for Transnational Families

  • UREP cycle: 14
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Ganesh Seshan, Dr. Suzi Mirgani
  • Student(s): Ahwaz Akhtar, Hisham Hassan, Fatema Hubail, Salar Khan, Atul Menon, Salman Ahad Khan, Sherif Elgindi
  • Deliverables:
  • The research was presented at the 2014 Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference and awarded the best student poster presentation for Humanities. The project has also been accepted at an Undergraduate Symposium at GU DC.

Environmental Sustainability in Education City: Green Beacon or Green Island?

  • UREP cycle: 12
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Mari Luomi
  • Student(s): Bushra Alam, Muhammad Bilal Shakir

The Distribution and Economic Implications of Health Outcomes in Qatar

  • UREP cycle: 10
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Prof. Daniel Westbrook
  • Student(s): Ahmed Warfa, Miodrag Stamboldziev

An Analysis of Global Public Private Partnerships: How Can Qatar Benefit from Them?

  • UREP cycle: 8
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Alexis Antoniades
  • Student(s): Jumana Al-Aref, Mohamed Al-Thani

Media Branding and Viewer Perception in Qatar

  • UREP cycle: 6
  • Faculty Mentor(s): :Dr. Alexis Antoniades
  • Student(s): Tarah Makarem

HELP – Helping English Learners Program​​​​​​​

  • UREP cycle: 1
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Candith Pallandre​​​
  • Student(s):

Baladna: Qatari Articulations of Sovereignty and Self-Sufficiency in the Wake of the Siege

  • UREP cycle: 24
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Rogaia Abusharaf
  • Student(s):  Abdulqudus Sanni, Khalid Marafi, Muhammad Ibrahim Tariq, John Robling, Ali Al Sheebani, Nasser Al Kaabi

Investigating the Resilience of Qatar’s Trade Network

  • UREP cycle: 23
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Jack Rossbach
  • Student(s):  Alisha Kamran, Halak Sheth

Jidariya: Every Day is National Day in Qatar

Preserving the Linguistic Heritage of Qatar: Language Change and Documentation

  • UREP cycle: 21
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Yehia Mohamed, Dr. Rogaia Abusharaf
  • Student(s): Fatima Al-Ansari, AlMaha AlMohannadi, Jassim Al-Thani, Maryam Al-Kuwari, Ameena Almeer
  • Deliverables:
    • The team is working on submitting a book chapter in book entitled “Language and Identity in Qatar”. The edited book in progress.

Women’s Empowerment through War? Democracies’ Foreign Policy Gamble in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • UREP cycle: 18
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Sonia Alonso
  • Student(s): Nourhan Elsayed
  • Deliverables:
    • The project resulted in a dataset that includes the data from the manual content analysis of more than 800 statements by the Bush administration between the years 2002 and 2009.
    • Presentation of preliminary research findings at the Women in War/at War conference in Milton Keynes, in September 2016.

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

Doha by Design: Urban Planning and social space in Doha, Qatar

  • UREP cycle: 14
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Patricia O’Connor  Dr. Mark Farha
  • Student(s): Sana Jamal , Nadia Al-Khater, Khadija Mahsud, Catherine Lechicki

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

  • UREP cycle: 13
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Rogaia Abusharaf
  • Student(s): Emilio Ocampo Eibenschutz, Fahad Alkhater

Using Social Media to Assess Qatar as a Brand

  • UREP cycle: 13
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Alexis Antoniades
  • Student(s): Danah Dehdary
  • Deliverables:
  • Research Paper – Social Media and Nation Branding: A Case-Study of Qatar

Understanding Qatar’s interfaith dialogue culture: motivations, trends, and challenges

  • UREP cycle: 11
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Patrick Laude
  • Student(s): Asim Koldzo
  • Deliverables:
    • The student attended the MEDIA RELIGION &CULTURE 2012 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (MRC 2012) ANADOLU UNIVERSITY, held in July 2012, in Eskisehir, Turkey. The student presented preliminary research findings of the research project “Understanding Qatar’s Interfaith Dialogue Culture: Motivations, Trends, and Challenges”

Qatar Longitudinal Study of Transnational Families

  • UREP cycle: 9
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Prof. Ganesh Seshan
  • Student(s): Eilin Francis, Aminah Kandar, Aakash Jayaprakash, Qazi Rashid, Mr. Jibin Koshy, Kham Nang​​​​​​​

The Impact of Global Communications on Family Values in Qatar

  • UREP cycle: 8
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Prof. Mark Farha
  • Student(s): Miodrag Stamboldziev, Dalal Al-Thani

International Labor Migration to the Gulf: Understanding Variations in the Worker – Sponsorship System

  • UREP cycle: 3
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Steven Roper​​​​​​​
  • Student(s):

The Pearl of the Arabian Gulf – A research of Qatari history and heritage​​​​​​​

  • UREP cycle: 1
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Prof. Amira Sonbol​​​​​​​
  • Student(s): Maryam Al-Emadi & Nejoud Al-Hail​​​​​​​