Middlesex University Dubai student researchers won a multitude of awards at the 8th Undergraduate Research Competition (URC) organised by Abu Dhabi University. In total, 23 MDX submissions were shortlisted for the final round. After rigorous evaluation by the judging panel, nine MDX submissions won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize in their categories. Middlesex University students dominated in Education, Media, and Psychology, winning 7 of the 9 awards. Further winners include the 1st prize position in Arabic and Islamic Studies and 3rd prize receipient in the Entrepreneurship category.
The URC is the largest undergraduate research event in the entire GCC region and targets all major disciplines. This year, over 280 research papers were presented in the final round of the competition from diverse disciplines by teams representing major universities from across the region. This year it was held as a virtual research competition and was open to students from the wider GCC and beyond.
This tremendous success is a testament to the research acumen of MDX Dubai students and the extended support provided to them by their supervisors and the MDX Student Research Committee. Commenting on the success, Dr. Lynda Hyland, on behalf of the Student Research Committee, said: "We're delighted with our students' success at this year's AUD undergraduate research competition. Yet again, MDX Dubai students have demonstrated their outstanding research ability. Congratulations to all those who participated, the winners, and supervisors."
Dr. Cody Paris, Deputy Director Academic Planning & Research at MDX Dubai attributed this success to the importance placed on undergraduate student research at MDX Dubai: “Student research is an important part of the student learning experience. It provides students with an opportunity to work closely with faculty, define their academic and professional interests, contribute new insights and knowledge with practical real world applications, and develop analytical and critical thinking skills.”
Students who won the competition were thrilled with the announcement. Humaira Adam, who won 1st prize in the Education category, mentioned: “This feels like a great achievement and I am happy that all my hard work has paid off. I am grateful to my lecturer Mr. Philip Anderson and the education department for continuously supporting me throughout the whole research process.”
Mashaal Hoda, who won second place in the Education category, said: “This competition is a thrilling experience for student researchers. We celebrate our passion for researching, connecting, showcasing, and advocating an educational research ethos in collaboration with Academics, Early Childhood facilitators, and key stakeholders to empower children's evidence-based teaching and learning experiences during their early childhood years.”
Reflecting on the success, Naicy Shiji Thakki, who won 3rd place in the Entrepreneurship category, said: "I am delighted to have won third place in the Entrepreneurship category of this competition for my research project. I am grateful to my mentor, Mr. Rhoderick Romano, for boosting my entrepreneurial spirit and his support with my project. I would also like to thank the university’s Student Research Committee for organising insightful briefing sessions at each stage of the competition which guided my project preparation."
The full details of the winners are as follows:
Students and Programme
Title of project
Sara Kasouma, BA Advertising PR and Branding
How Do Luxury Brands Communicate Their Core Values To Young Consumers Through Storytelling on TikTok?
Dr. Cody Morris Paris
Public Relations and Mass Communication
Tania Sofia dos Santos Silva, BA Journalism and Communication
Naicy Thakki, Business Management (Marketing)
Container Homes: Increasing Affordability of Student Housing in UAE
Humaira Adam, BA Education Studies
The Impact of Covid-19 on the Mental Health of High School Students and The Steps Taken by Schools to Support Student Mental Health in the UAE
Mashaal Hooda, BA Early Childhood Studies
How does the nursery ethos facilitate children’s risk-taking in outdoor play provisions with special references to staff attitudes and the environmental affordances?
Sowsan Yafi, BA Early Childhood Studies,Faareha Salman,BA Early Childhood Studies, Hala Al Madi, BA Early Childhood Studies, Jessica Alam Eddie, BA Education Studies & Cynthia Warutere, BA Early Childhood Studies
The impact of COVID-19 on inclusion and mental health in Higher education
Lubna AbdulShakoor, BSc. Information Technology
Online Zakat Calculator: A modern approach for the New Generation
Ms. Engie Bashir
Arabic and Islamic Studies
Alita Anna Abraham, BSc. Psychology with Counselling Skills
Predictive Social Factors of Problematic Internet Usage
Dr. Lynda Hyland
Stepheni Nathania Juriansz, BSc Psychology with Education, Gloria D'souza, BSc Psychology with HR & Gayatri Santhoshkumar, BSc Psychology with HR
iTeacher - Investigating student's implicit biases towards gender and qualifications of teachers
Dr. Nishtha Lamba
We would like to wish a huge congratulations to all our winning students and their supervisors. Many thanks to Dr. Fehmida Hussain, Dr. Lynda Hyland, Dr. Anita Kashi Shrivastava, Dr. Daphne Demetriou, and Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian for their continued support for students participating in this competition, including training and support sessions and guidance for faculty in nominating and supporting supervisees.
Beyond this competition, Middlesex University Dubai provides support for student research through a range of programs. To learn more about student research at MDX, please visit this page on our website.