QU-YSC wins eight awards at science and research meeting in Canada
Doha: Building on the success of the Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QU-YSC), in national and international competitions, it recently won three gold, one silver and four prizes specials at the 7th International Invention Innovation in Canada Competition (iCAN 2022).
The event was organized by the Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS). QU won a total of eight awards in the field of scientific research and innovation, out of 700 participating projects from 81 countries. This success is due to the centre’s participation in three innovative scientific projects for its students, in addition to a research project on new educational strategies.
The project titled “A STEM Learning Model Using a Design Thinking Approach: To Improve Problem Solving and Creative Skills” won a Gold Medal and a Special Award from the Turkish Invention Association. He highlighted the methods and strategies developed in education and the means of motivating students to create and invent.
A project titled “Porous Copolymer Membranes for Industrial Wastewater Treatment”, which won a Gold Medal and a Special Award from the Inventors Circle Association of Canada, addresses the problem of preserving marine life from pollution by hydrocarbons.
Another project entitled “Evaluation of the toxicity of two surfactants with anticorrosion properties on the embryonic development of zebrafish”, won a gold medal and a special prize from TISIA, and aims to study the effect of two surfactants on marine plants and animals.
A project titled “Identification of Novel Signaling Pathways Underlying CD44 Tumor Cell Invasion” won a silver medal and a special award from the Indonesian Invention and Innovation Promotion Association (INNOPA). This research focuses on the study of new genes and their impact on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Students worked on this research in QU’s advanced labs, under the supervision of QU professors from different colleges and YSC researchers.
Professor Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, hailed the achievements of students in international competitions, which promote scientific research and support innovation. She added that the CSY emphasizes the participation of students in competitions like this, as they play a major role in developing their scientific research skills and stimulating their intellectual creativity.
Professor Noora Jabor Al Thani, Director of QU-YSC, said, “We are proud to welcome distinguished students to our center, who have the ability to develop, innovate and improve their skills through knowledge and looking. At the center, we seek to build research capacity by engaging students in research.
Professor Noora also thanked the centre’s partners, Unesco – Doha Office and the Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.