Eight PhD students awarded CNRS doctoral scholarships to conduct scientific research at AUB

​Eight PhD students at the American University of Beirut have received the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) doctoral scholarship award, which will allow them to conduct research in various scientific disciplines.


This year, the scholarship recipients will focus their studies on electrical and computer engineering, environmental and civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and biology.

“AUB leads the Arab world in terms of research publications per faculty member, both in quantity and quality, and often surpasses several peer European and American universities,” said AUB Provost Ahmad Dallal, during the distribution of certificates of appreciation to the students on November 1, 2013. Nevertheless, the average expenditure for an AUB publication over the past few years was between three and nine times less than for papers from comparable US institutions, he added. “None of these achievements could have been made without the excellent students that compete to join AUB graduate programs, and today we celebrate the success of eight new students.”

The eight recipients of the CNRS PhD scholarships are: Mohamad Abou Shahine, Hilal Al-Misilmani and Jihad Fahs, who will join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ashraf Chamseddine who will be part of the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering Program at the Department of Civil Engineering; Iyad Anwar Fayssal, who will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Layla Kamareddine, Farah Nassar, and Dana Bazzoun, who will do research at the Department of Biology. All students, except Bazzoun, who was sick, participated in the ceremony.

CNRS secretary-general Mouin Hamze explained that the council, over the past year, established memoranda of understanding with several Lebanese universities to help promote scientific research in the country and entice promising young scientists to stay in Lebanon and contribute to its development, while at the same time raising Lebanon’s ranking on the international research circuit.

“These scholarships are awarded on the basis of excellent academic ability, originality of the research proposal, integrity and intellectual curiosity,” said Hamze. “They are given with the expectation that selected scholars will make significant and lasting contributions not only to the scientific community of AUB but to the entire Lebanese community as well.”

Hamze added that AUB is one of “our privileged partners in Lebanon,” noting that over 50 percent of the research projects subsidized by the CNRS within its Grant Research Program are submitted by researchers from this university. “This is undoubtedly due to the high quality research realized at AUB,” he said.​