Doha, September 15 (QNA) - Qatar University's (QU) Young Scientists Center (YSC) won three gold awards, one silver award and four special awards in the 7th International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN 2022) organized by the Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS).
QU won a total of eight awards in the scientific research and innovation field, out of 700 participating projects from 81 countries. This achievement was due to the center's participation with three innovative scientific projects for the center's students, in addition to a research project on novel education strategies.
The project entitled "A STEM learning model using design thinking approach: To improve the problem solving and creative skills" won a gold medal, and a special award from the Turkish Invention Association.
The project highlighted the developed methods and strategies in education and ways to motivate students to create and invent. A project entitled "Porous Copolymer Membranes for Industrial Wastewater Treatment," which won a gold medal and a special award from the inventors circle association in Canada, addresses the problem of preservation of marine life from oil pollution, Another project entitled "Toxicity evaluation of two surfactants with anticorrosion properties on the embryonic development of zebrafish," which won a gold medal and a special award from the TISIA, aims to study the effect of two surfactants on marine plants and animals.
A project entitled "Identification of novel signaling pathways that underpin CD44-promoted 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. The students have worked on these researches in the advanced QU laboratories, under the supervision of QU professors from different colleges and YSC researchers.
Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, noted her pride for the students' achievements in the international competitions, which promotes scientific research and supports innovation. She added that the YSC focuses its efforts in involving students in competitions such as this one as they play a major role in developing their scientific research skills and stimulating their intellectual creativity.
Prof. Noora Jabor Al-Thani, Director of QU-YSC, expressed her pride and said, "We are proud to embrace distinguished students in our center, who have the ability to develop, innovate and improve their skills through knowledge and research. We seek in the center to build research capabilities by engaging students in research." Prof. Noora also thanked the center's partners, the UNESCO Office - Doha Office and the Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.