Focus on Student Research
We embrace and support undergraduate research because it promotes deep learning and personal
growth through teaching students to solve problems and to work in teams. Undergraduate research
projects also connect students with faculty mentors resulting in highly personalized and meaningful
Honors in the Major
High performing students are invited to write a thesis in their senior year under the mentorship of a faculty member. This original research project must be presented to a panel of faculty members and be deemed exceptional in order for the student to receive Honors in the Major.
Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
The Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (AURC) is a GU-Q student-led conference which provides a dynamic platform for peers to present their original research on global economic, social, and political issues. Conference themes tackle global challenges and invite students from around the world to present their undergraduate work around the selected topics.
CIRS Undergraduate Research Advancement (CURA)
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) Undergraduate Research Advancement program encourages students to explore research and enhance their research capacity through skill development workshops, discussion seminars, peer-to-peer learning, and focused mentorship. CURA also gives students a platform to present their original research publicly and submit research papers to be published in the CURA Paper Series.
The Undergraduate Research Experience Program
The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) offered through Qatar National Research Fund, provides funding for students to hone their research skills and learn team-based collaboration by participating in a real-world research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. There are two application cycles each year with competition deadlines in the Spring and Fall semesters.
Summer Research Competition
In order to encourage active learning during the summer, students are invited to participate in a research competition under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students have the possibility of receiving a research stipend upon submission of their 3,000-4,000 word paper, and the top papers win prizes such as an iPad Pro.
Student Research Funding
Students can apply for research funding through several different programs within GU-Q and from external sources.