13 March 2018

First Undergraduate Research Conference in Palestine at Al-Quds Bard College

The First Undergraduate Research Conference in Palestine 
at Al-Quds Bard College  

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Science (AQB) with a generous support of Al-Quds University hosted the First Undergraduate Research Conference in Palestine.

The conference has served as a platform for students to present their projects, discuss their work, and join the tradition of getting together with fellow researchers in a stimulating environment. Organisation of a public event, highlighting students’ academic achievements, and the provision of the opportunity for participants to learn how to apply for a conference, write a proposal, present a project in a concise manner, and defend their own work in front of their peers during a critical discussion were the main goals of the event.

The conference was opened with a presentation of a keynote speaker, Dr. Zaidoun Salah, distinguished scholar and an admired professor at AQB, who talked about his most recent research project and his experience of working in academia in Palestine. Three separate panels: Biomedical Sciences & Health, Engineering & Computer Science, and Social Sciences, as well as the poster session, have followed the ceremony. In these panels over 20 students from all over Palestine have presented their work. Participants of the conference have represented Al-Quds University, Al-Quds Bard College, Birzeit University, Hebron University, Palestine Polytechnic University, and the University of Palestine in Gaza. Students from the University of Palestine have joined the sessions through a video call, and their posters were exhibited along with the other participants'.

The scientific board of each panel has recognised the best project in each respective division. The academic community has awarded:

Oroob Shweiki, Al-Quds University with the presentation: "Complications of Iron Overload and Autoantibodies in Β Thalassemia Patients in Palestine"

Shaima Naim, University of Palestine (Gaza) with the presentation: "Prevalence of Early Childhood Caries Among 4 Year Old Preschool Children in Gaza City: A Cross Sectional Study"

Abdallah Nasr, Mosab Abu Dagga Ammar Al Rifi, Mohamed Abu Dagga, Safa Abu Dalfa, University of Palestine (Gaza) with the presentation: "Experimental Investigation on Performance of Cold Mix Asphalt Containing Cement and Rc2 Treated Filler"

Suhaila Owiwe, Hebron University with the presentation: "How Palestinians Run Away from Poverty: Palestinian Labor in Israeli Settlements"

Hidaya Abu Ammash and Yasmeen Wahdan, Al-Quds University with the poster: "Factors Related to Access to Dental Care among Palestinian Pregnant Women in Jerusalem Governorate"

All students have received certificates of participation from the Dean of Scientific Research at Al-Quds University, Dr. Elham Kateeb, and the Associate Dean of Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rebecca Granato.

Special thanks for organisation and conduction of the event go to Dr. Elham Kateeb, Dr. Rebecca Granato, all the chairs and moderators of the sessions: Dr. Hazem Agha, Dr. Kholoud Dajani, Dr. Mohammad Hjjoj, Dr. Omar Surkhi, Mr. Yazid Al-Badarin, Dr. Thomas Keenan, Dr. Zaidoun Salah, Al-Quds University administrative staff and the PR office.