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Awards

The research awards primarily aim at recognizing research excellence, and honoring faculty researchers for their outstanding research contributions to scientific advancement.  This purpose is achieved through  instituting awards  for distinguished research in the broad streams of  Basic and Applied Sciences and Arts & Humanities in the context of faculty research, and for innovative and meritorious endeavors of  postgraduate students pursuing Master's and Ph.D. programs.  Essentially, the awards symbolize RS’s commitments to honor KU’s distinguished faculty researchers and graduate students community. In all,   a total of 10 awards are earmarked for faculty researchers, and six for graduate student’s projects prize, offered under the following categories:

For Faculty Researchers:

a. Distinguished Researchers Awards: RS offers a total of six awards under the Distinguished Researchers category, 3 in Basic and Applied Sciences and 3 in Arts & Humanities fields,  earmarked for seasoned faculty researchers with distinguished publications record and  landmark research. The awards are based on competitive assessment and expert’s evaluation of nominees' research performance and productivity. A standard criterion, evolved by the RS, is uniformly applied in the assessment process to select the winning entries.

b. Best Young Researchers Awards: A total of 4 awards are earmarked for Best Young Researchers, in recognition of outstanding research efforts of faculty members at the Assistant Professor's level, and evenly distributed over applied sciences and arts & humanities streams.  The winning entries are selected through the standard process of evaluation and assessment of researchers’ accomplishments, with merit being the sole determining criteria for award winners.

RS is currently in the process of reforming and establishing new criteria for evaluation of faculty nominations under the two awards categories for distinguished research in Applied Sciences and Arts & Humanities fields. The purpose is to generate  a more refined evaluation yardstick for an explicitly measurable rating scale  that could facilitate competitive review of nominations, and selection of winning entries.  The new criteria, centered on  point-based system, is intended to serve as a dependable instrument for competitive assessment of a nominee's scientific publications and professional activities,  qualifying him/her for Distinguished & Best Young Researchers Awards.   The point-based system is earmarked for presidential endorsement, prior to its adoption/implementation.

For Graduate Students:

a. Master's Thesis: A total of four prizes are offered to graduate students in recognition of their meritorious research at Master's level. The winners are selected on the basis of evaluation of thesis work that achieves distinction.

b. Ph.D. Thesis: RS offers 2 awards for meritorious research at doctoral level, leading to the award of Ph.D. degree. The winning entries are selected by applying standard evaluation criteria for the assessment of the Ph.D. work, resulting in selecting the prize winners.

Graduate Students Projects prize are categorically based on evaluation of students thesis work, with excellence being the criteria for prize winning students entries.

Overall, RS's awards activity at the faculty and graduate levels is integral to institutional endeavors in promoting the culture of scientific distinction in institutional research at Kuwait University. Awards activity, therefore, constitutes an essential element of RS's strategy for encouraging research excellence in faculty scientific endeavors, and innovative and meritorious efforts at the graduate level.

 

Workshops, Seminars & Conferences

Research-related workshops figure high on RS's activity sphere, providing opportunity for bringing together diverse expertise, institutions and researchers on a common platform to provide new information, share experiences, and encourage discussions on critical research matters, through presentations, lectures and orientation/training sessions. The purpose is to facilitate exposure, stimulate interaction/dialogue and promote awareness. RS's workshops precisely serve this purpose, creating an environment of direct communication with faculty members, researchers, external experts and participants. The workshops are organized on focused subjects/themes to present latest information, explore avenues for scientific exchange and knowledge sharing, with such events invariably transpiring new ideas and understandings, and merging of interests for innovation or collaborative research.

Seminars and conferences are equally strategic to RS's activities, and aim at providing researchers opportunities for broadening their scientific and intellectual horizons through exposures to critical knowledge generated through research. Such events are valued platforms for national/international meeting grounds for experts, scientists and researchers to keep pace with latest scientific discoveries and updates through presentations, transmission of new findings and information on wide-ranging research themes, involving participants in open discussions and dialogue, merging of interests, evolution of new ideas and spreading awareness. Seminars and conferences thus configure high on RS's activity schedule, centered on diverse dimensions of research through presentations/lectures, addressing vital scientific and strategic concerns for researchers to advance their knowledge through requisite scientific exposures.

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