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Masdar Institute Offers UAE Undergraduates Four-Week Summer Research Internship

Research Projects Being Offered for Internship Program to Cover Renewable Energy and Sustainable Advanced Technology Domains

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 17 April, 2013 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it will be offering a four-week research-based internship program for UAE national undergraduates this summer.

Senior undergraduate students will be eligible to apply for the program. A total of six research projects are on offer this summer for interested students. Multiple applications are required for those seeking to register for more than one research projects.

Research projects chosen for this year’s summer internship program focus on water, solar energy and fuel cell – areas that are identified as strategically important to the UAE. These projects will allow the interns to gain insights into advanced research and development while enriching their laboratory experience. The arid climate of the region underscored the importance of water, while abundant sunlight has encouraged governments to initiate solar energy projects. In addition, the UAE government aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for which fuel cell is one of the promising alternatives, especially for transportation sector.

On-campus housing and a stipend will be offered to students of the program that is scheduled to commence from 30 June. The last date for submitting applications will be 25 April.

Those UAE national undergraduates interested in applying for the research-based summer internship program must have science or engineering as ‘major’ subjects in their degree course and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). An IELTS score of at least 6.0 (or equivalent) is mandatory along with a letter of recommendation.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The four-week research-based summer internship program reflects Masdar Institute’s commitment to developing Abu Dhabi’s human capital in clean energy areas. With the support of the country’s leadership, we have acquired a talent base of renowned faculty who impart knowledge, offering rich insights in advanced technology domains. The cutting-edge laboratory facilities further reiterate our status as a knowledge pioneer in the region. We welcome qualified UAE national undergraduates to make use of this opportunity and enhance their research skills to empower themselves and lead in innovation.”

To be led by faculty with special expertise, students are bound to gain rich academic insights as well as research capabilities in these areas. Furthermore, they will also acquire the required skills and apply them to explore for breakthrough innovations in science and technology areas.

Dr Lamya N. Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “The summer research internship at Masdar Institute provides qualified and interested science and engineering students an opportunity to experience what a research environment entails and allows them to focus on areas of strategic importance to our country. This experience will enhance their skills and their understanding of the importance of R&D, while encouraging them to innovate and contribute part of the solutions for climate change.”

Masdar Institute’s programs aim to develop human capital and build a sound R&D infrastructure in the UAE that contributes to Abu Dhabi’s objective of developing a knowledge-based economy. At the same time, the summer research programs seek to build on the capabilities of undergraduate students who have the drive and intention to identify niche technology areas for further innovation.

Further information is available at http://www.masdar.ac.ae/SummerResearchInternships.html.

Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar’s core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges such as climate change.

Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.  With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.

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