Given the strategy of scientific research and knowledge advancement, as one of QU’s core strategies, the Research and Graduate Studies sector at Qatar University decided to launch the summer 2020 Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students in a number of the major research centers.
The proposal for this year will be in line with the safety and security measures and preventive precautions in confronting the novel Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19), by using electronic platforms supported by Qatar University and taking into account the safety of its students and summer internship personnel of faculty and researchers in the labs of the Research Centers.
Summer research internship programs for QU students is quite important, as it is part of the transformation strategy (2018-2022) at Qatar University, which is known for its distinctive excellence in education and research. It aims to train students in research methods and techniques and enhance their research skills through their work in research laboratories and participation in research projects with distinguished research cadres in the Research and Graduate Studies Sector.
The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), led by Dr. Nasser A Alnuaimi, offers a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the majors of science, engineering, or other related disciplines from 7th to 25th June. Its summer program aims to support the trainee students and help them acquire knowledge about advanced materials, their classifications and applications. The Center addresses several research fields including nanotechnology, sustainable materials, polymers, composites, corrosion studies, mining, and renewable energy methods. It is worth noting that the Center is open to twenty four students.
The Biomedical Research Center (BRC), led by Professor Asmaa Althani, announced that registration for the summer internship program will start from 15th to 31st May 2020. The program will accommodate twenty trainees, and the duration of the program is three weeks from June 7th to June 25th. The internship program will address several topics, including introduction to medical and biological research, animal ethics, genetic expression studies, as well as microbiology, cell culture, and the study of chicken embryos and zebra fish.
The Laboratory Animal Research Center (LARC) Laboratories, led by Dr. Hamda Al-Naemi, will host three-week summer internship students from 7th to 25th June to support students and researchers and enhance knowledge of biosafety practices, principles of diagnostic techniques, health and environmental monitoring and waste management programs. The program promotes interaction with the rodent health monitoring specialist to create and carry out diagnostic work with animal samples.
On the other hand, the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), led by Professor Hassan Al-Sayed, has scheduled the date of its internship program from 7th to 18th June 2020. The program is for postgraduate and undergraduate students who major in social science subjects such as economics, sociology, psychology, or business management. The internship program includes designing policy studies, carrying out fieldwork, data analysis and writing policy reports.
The Central Laboratory Unit (CLU), led by Dr. Mohammed Alsafran, will participate this year in the summer 2020 research internship program, in three specialized training programs via distance learning due to the current circumstances. The internship programs were announced on April 23, 2020 through QU website and the Unit’s social media platforms. The duration of each program is five days, and each program accommodates 15 trainees. The first internship program starts on June 7th and ends on June 11th under the title “Chromatographic Techniques: Basics, Hardware and Applications”. The second week begins on June 14th and ends on June 18th under the title “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Basic Theories, Spectroscopy and Industrial Applications”, and finally the third week starts on June 21st and ends on June 25th under the title “Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy: Basics, Devices and Techniques”. The three programs focus on the technical aspects of chemical analysis using the modern analytical techniques available in the Central Laboratory Unit as well as interpreting the results and emphasizing research aspects and related industrial applications.
In conclusion, at the end of the internship programs, participants from the research centers and students who complete the program successfully will be honored in appreciation of their research efforts and constructive initiatives that promote scientific research.
Source: Qatar University