Undergraduate Research Competition
Under the Patronage of
H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi
Minister of Education
The Abu Dhabi University is organizing
The Sixth United Arab Emirates Undergraduate
Research Competition (URC)
April 30, 2018, Abu Dhabi University
Create. Innovate. Inspire.
For Registration Click Here
For Project Submission Template Click Here
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Abu Dhabi University is pleased to announce it will be organizing the Sixth Undergraduate Research Competition. The competition will be held at Abu Dhabi University, on April 30th, 2018. This competition aims at encouraging universities in the UAE to promote scientific research among undergraduate students and to make it an integral part of university education, given the significance of scientific research in advancing the country to the top ranks. It also aims to instill life-long learning, and to enhance career opportunities for young people as well as foster entrepreneurial mindsets and attitudes in education, research, and innovation.
The upcoming competition is in direct support of the UAE government’s drive toward fostering innovation. The United Arab Emirates is being recognized worldwide as a major promoter of knowledge based economy and it is necessary that students get more actively involved in research to further develop the country’s innovation systems.
The competition over its life span has witnessed an impressive growth in attracting undergraduate students from all over the UAE. The substantial and steady increase in the number of submissions and attendees is an important indicator that the competition has already become the premier and the largest such national event that targets undergraduate students from across all universities in the UAE and all major disciplines. Last year, we had over 240 research papers presented in 14 parallel tracks submitted by 30 major universities in the UAE
Student research is learning at its best. It’s creative, absorbing and challenging and allows students to experience first-hand the process of scholarly exploration that characterizes academic life. The students’ presentations in the one-day symposium will be judged by a Scientific Committee with members from academia and industry, and winners will be announced in the closing session of the competition. The awards will help the research endeavors of undergraduate students at their own universities and will strengthen their critical and analytical thinking skills. It will enhance students’ confidence in their research abilities, allow them to explore new frontiers in their fields of study and prepare them for graduate level studies.
Your participation in the research competition will give an excellent opportunity to interact with some of the country’s best new minds, as the leading student researchers from other universities around the UAE will also attend and participate in the competition.
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Scope and Topics
Basic and applied research projects of high quality in the following mentioned fields are solicited particularly in new and emerging technologies. The competition emphasizes original research projects in:
||Arts and Social Sciences
- Architecture and Urban Planning
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Project and Engineering Management
- Chemical Engineering & Petroleum Engineering
- Nuclear Energy
- Biomedical Engineering
- Sustainable & Renewable Energy
- Information Technology
- Computer Engineering
- Accounting, Finance & Economics
- Human Resource Managements
- Public Relations and Mass Communications
|Education & Law
||Natural and Health Sciences
- Instructional Technologies
- Special Needs
- Arabic & Islamic Studies
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Environmental Sciences
- Public & Environment Health
Submission of Projects
Students are invited to submit their projects electronically using the link above. The projects will be reviewed by a panel of judges to ensure their compliance with the competition scope and topics. The acceptance notice will be sent to the corresponding authors via email. The full length project description must follow the format and style guidelines of the competition, which can be downloaded from the competition web site, and must not exceed 3,000 words. The competition’s official language is English.
- Students are invited to register with an abstract of 500 words.
- The first round of evaluation takes place based on the potential of the abstract.
- Accepted proposals are announced. Teams with accepted proposals are sent an email with a link to submit the final research report.
- The second round of evaluation takes place based on the potential of the final report.
- Accepted projects are announced. Teams are invited to present their projects on the main event.
- The final evaluation takes place based on the presentation and winners are announced on the same day.
Each participant should provide / upload a digital copy of her or his University ID when filling the application form.
|January 30, 2018
||Deadline for Application Submission / Registration
|February 12, 2018
||Announcement of Accepted Proposals
|March 19, 2018
||Last Day for Submission of Final Research project
|March 26, 2018
||Announcement of Accepted Projects
|April 30, 2018
||Competition Exhibition and Winners Announcement Ceremony
Terms and Conditions
The Competition is open to any innovative ideas related to the outlined disciplines. It is highly recommended to submit a comprehensive abstract (limited to 500 words) with clear objectives and expected outcomes. A maximum of four participants can make up each team. Accepted teams will compete in the nationwide competition, and the best winning teams from different categories will receive valuable prizes. Only a limited number of projects will be selected to compete at the UAE national level. No competition entry fees.
All final lists of participants will receive a valuable Participation Award, and a Certification of Recognition. Winning teams over all categories will be awarded incentive prizes.
Over AED 100,000 will be distributed among the winning teams!
An external committee will be convened to judge and decide upon the best presented projects. Scientists, Engineers and Professionals from higher education are invited to apply as a judge to evaluate the innovative projects competing at the national level in May 2017.
To volunteer as a Judge Click Here