Web posted: May 11, 2008
Bright minds do Qatar proud
Qatar Students Win Award at World Virtual Science and
DOHA - A team from Qatar won the Silver Award in the first ever
World Virtual Science and Engineering Fair held at the College of the
North Atlantic-Qatar (NCA-Q) yesterday.
Dory Al Kassis and Fatima Al Muslih, who did the country proud, were
among eight finalists from six countries who vied for the honours.
While the duo competed in the college category, Rohit Dinesh of Qatar
won a Honourable Mention in the High School category.
The finalists presented cutting-edge scientific projects in the fields of
computing/mathematical science, engineering technology, life
science/environmental, science/biotechnology, and physical
science/earth science that impressed both the judges and visitors to
Among the judges adjudicating at the competition was Canadian
astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta
Dr. Bondar lauded the young scientists’ exceptional achievements,
saying, “It’s not only these young minds that are growing, we as well
The eight finalists were chosen out of 103 entries and the winners
were adjudged on the basis of their scientific thought, originality and
creativity, and web presentation.
In the High School category the winners were Vlad Ternosky, Canada
(Platinum Award); Shaun Williams, Australia (Gold Award); and Fatima
Shami, Pakistan (Silver Award).
The winners apart from the Qatar team in the College Category were:
Katja Miller, Germany (Platinum Award); Esther Chiew Yee Chiong,
Malaysia (Gold Award); and Robert Young and Jordan Chin, Canada
The top three winners received cash prizes and an open scholarship to
an institution of their choice. The Platinum awardees got $20,000
each, Gold awardees $15,000 and Silver awardees $7,500.
“These are very advanced concepts, they would be enough to be the
basis of postgraduate or master’s level theses so its very encouraging
since this is the first year that they had this fair, one can imagine that
as the years go on, this will be more sophisticated and more people
will participate and it will be better, but right now I think this is
fantastic,” Dr. Bondar told The Peninsula.