The first place project went to Adel Fergatova, who investigated the relationship between cancer cells and fibroblasts. Fergatova published related research earlier this year in the leading international journal, Frontiers in Immunology. She is advised by Nesrine Affara.
The first place project went to Adel Fergatova, who investigated the relationship between cancer cells and fibroblasts. Fergatova published related research earlier this year in the leading international journal, Frontiers in Immunology.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar symposium showcases research into economic, social, human and environmental development

The National Planning Council and Masraf Al Rayan Bank continue to support student research at CMU-Q


Research projects in some of the key areas that affect Qatar were showcased at the 2024 Meeting of the Minds research symposium at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. CMU-Q is a Qatar Foundation partner university. The 51 posters at the event touched on many of the key challenges facing Qatar, including precision medicine, sustainability, gender equity and artificial intelligence.

Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, spoke about the university’s unique approach to research: “Research is an integral part of Carnegie Mellon, and I believe it is critical for an undergraduate education,” he said. “We encourage students to use their knowledge and creativity to search for solutions to the challenges we face as a global community.”

Projects included research in CMU-Q’s four major program areas, as well as projects in the arts and sciences and interdisciplinary inquiries.  

The National Planning Council (NPC) once again sponsored an award category at Meeting of the Minds for research representing Qatar Vision 2030. 

Dr. Youssuf Abdul Rahman Al-Mulla from the National Planning Council said: “Each year, we come to CMU-Q to learn about how student research is contributing to the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. This generation of researchers are building the skills and human capacity to transform Qatar into a knowledge-based economy. We are pleased to be part of Meeting of the Minds once again.”

Eight awards were given by CMU-Q in the categories of Best Project, Most Promising Research, and Best Poster. For the second year in a row, prizes were sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan Bank. Hassan Al Jaidah and Wadha Al Jassim joined Dean Michael Trick to present the awards.

Mr. Fahad Bin Abdulla Al Khalid, Group Chief Executive Officer from Masraf Al Rayan Bank said: “It is our privilege once again to support student research at CMU-Q’s Meeting of the Minds. The projects at Meeting of the Minds show thoughtfulness, creativity and innovation, and we congratulate all of the participants for such an impressive showcase of research and inquiry.”

 

First place winners

The first place project went to Adel Fergatova, who investigated the relationship between cancer cells and fibroblasts. Fergatova published related research earlier this year in the leading international journal, Frontiers in Immunology. She is advised by Nesrine Affara

Most promising research went to Mariam Afifi’s exploration of a novel genetic marker that could lead to more precise, personalized cancer treatments. Ihab Younis was the faculty advisor.

Best poster went to Malika Dixit’s analysis of gender bias in academic job descriptions. Taeyong Park served as her advisor.

 

Research representing Qatar Vision 2030

The Planning and Statistics Authority awards were given to the best posters representing the Qatar Vision 2030, covering the four pillars of human, social, economic, and environmental development. PSA awards were presented by Dr. Yousuf A. Rahman Almulla, Director of Strategy Implementation Follow-up Department.

The award-winning projects included FEA car crash test analysis software, an interdisciplinary analysis of cancer representation and research funding in Qatar, optimizing the supply chain processes of Gulf International Services, transthoracic echocardiography and mortality in sepsis, and gender bias in job descriptions in STEM fields.

 

Fostering a scientific community in Doha

Subject experts from across Qatar judged the poster presentations, as well as 15 faculty and staff representatives from CMU-Q. A total of 42 external judges participated in the event, including experts from Aman Hospital, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Mada Assistive Technology Center Qatar, Qatar University, Sidra Medicine, University of Doha for Science & Technology, VCUArts Qatar, and Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar.

 

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar offers undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems.


Meeting of the Minds 2024 winners

Award winners were selected by experts from 10 organizations in Qatar, as well as judges and guides from CMU-Q. Masraf Al Rayan Bank sponsored the prizes.

Best Undergraduate Research Project 

First place: Evaluating miRNA expression during fibroblast activation by Adel Fergatova, advised by Nesrine Affara 

Second place: ReviveWear: Revolutionizing fashion sustainability through an integrated IS Solution,  Aiman Fatima, Fadia Hussain, advised by Chadi Aoun   

Third place: Characterizing the functional mechanisms of a novel PTEN long non-coding RNA in breast cancer, Hana Hasna, advised by Ihab Younis, Adviti Naik  

 

Most Promising Research

First place: Functional analysis of a novel lncRNA in breast cancer, Mariam Afifi, advised by Ihab Younis   

Second place: Deregulation of minor intron splicing in breast cancer, Fiza Tarlochan, advised by Ihab Younis   

Third place: From crisis to recovery: A comparative study of COVID-19’s impact on Shariah-compliant vs. conventional firm profitability, Abeeha Shoaib, Diaz Aaliya Savira, advised by Serkan Akguc   

 

Best Poster 

First place: Exploring gender bias in academic job descriptions – What influences masculine gender bias in job ads? Malika Dixit, Noora Al-Saadi, advised by Taeyong Park

Runner-up: Deep learning for automated video assistant referee system (VARS) in football, Ahmad Alhallaq, Ahmed Issaoui, advised by Gianni Di Caro   

 

Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) awards

 

The Planning and Statistics Authority awards are given to the best posters representing the Qatar Vision 2030, covering the four pillars of human, social, economic, and environmental development. PSA awards were presented by Dr. Yousuf A. Rahman Almulla, Director of Strategy Implementation Follow-up Department.

 

  • FEA car crash test analysis software, Mohammad Annan, advised by Mohammad Zayed   
  • Weaving with a pink ribbon an interdisciplinary analysis of cancer representation and research funding in Qatar, Dana Al Disi, advised by Jeffrey Squires and Nesrine Affara 
  • Enhancing efficiency: Optimizing the supply chain processes of Gulf International Services, Alyssa Bianca Magpantay, Abdulrahman Al Mana, Tameem Mahmoud, Khalid Al Thani, Nayef Al Kaabi, advised by Iman Adeinat  
  • Transthoracic echocardiography and mortality in sepsis: Analysis of the MIMIC-IV database, Haya Al Khalifa, Alanoud Al Thani, Aisha Al Subaie, advised by Daniel Phelps   
  • Exploring gender bias in job descriptions in STEM fields: Implications for female representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Malika Dixit, advised by Houda Bouamour   

 

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