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Middlesex University Students win two awards at The Second United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Student Research Competition (UGSRC)



Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, The Second United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Student Research Competition (UGSRC) was held on May 22nd, 2014 at Abu Dhabi University. Over 150 students participated in this competition from 21 universities across the UAE, divided into Education, Psychology, Sociology, PR and Mass Communications, Mathematics, Health Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and Information Technology tracks.

Six teams from Middlesex University Dubai also participated at the event and out of the 6 papers that were submitted, 5 got accepted for presentations and 1 for a poster.

After a full day event of interesting presentation and poster sessions, 21 cash prizes were awarded, judged by panels of not only academics but also experts from the industry. Donya Saberi, mentored by Dr. Cody Paris won second place in the Sociology track whereas Deena Abdo, mentored by Dr. Cody Paris and Dr.Tenia Kyriazi secured the third place in the Business and Administration track.

Each of the student participants were nominated by a faculty member because of their outstanding research work. The full list of participants is as follows:

Team no

Student Name Project Supervisor Title of abstract


 Ayesha Islam Ms. Evelyn Stubbs Liberalization of Television in Pakistan


Danah Ghadban andZac Hassan Dr. Jakob Pietschnig  Insane beliefs about sanity 


 Deena Abdo  Dr. Cody Paris and Dr. Tenia Kyriazi  Social entrepreneurship in the UAE


 Ammna Nasser  Dr. Cody Paris and Dr. Tenia Kyriazi  Impact of identity politics on education practice in Pakistan: A comparative study of Balochistan and Punjab


Donya Saberi and Suzan El Sayed  Dr. Cody Paris  Ghana’s Youth involvement in community based development.


Hazel Fernandes Ms. Evelyn Stubbs Obama’s Re-establishment of Power through Persuasion and Discourse.


The student participation was managed and coordinated by the Middlesex student research sub-committee comprising of Dr. Fehmida Hussain, Dr. Jakob Pietschnig and Dr. Lynda Hyland. On the day of the event, the students were guided and accompanied by Dr. Fehmida Hussain and Dr. Tenia Kyriazi.

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