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AUB students recognized by leading international academic awards program
9/28/2017
Safa Jafari Safa  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

​​Photo Source: The Undergraduate Awards

Three AUB students were selected as Winning and Highly Commended Entrants in the world’s largest international academic awards program, the Undergraduate Awards (UA). Georges Khalil, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (SFEA) and Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS);​ ​Lama El Khatib (SFEA and FAS), and Katharine Gordon (FAS); were recognized for their innovation and excellence at the undergraduate level. 


Georges Khalil, dual degree major in Mechanical Engineering at SFEA and Applied Mathematics ​at FAS, was Highly Commended for his work on “Experimental study of HIFU focal point characteristics” in the category of Engineering. ​Lama El Khatib, dual degree major in Architecture at SFEA and Art History at FAS, was Highly Commended for her work “Spiel through Benjamin and Schiller” in the category of Art History and Theory. Katharine Gordon, majoring in Art History at FAS, was Highly Commended for her paper “Finding Common Ground in Benjamin and Rancière,” also in the category of Art History and Theory. 
 
Katharine Gordon and Georges Khalil were named Regional Winners for being the highest-performing Highly Commended Entrants from the Middle East and Africa in their categories. The top ten percent of papers in 25 categories are Highly Commended, top papers from each region are named Regional Winners. 

 
The three AUB students were selected by an international panel as among the best of 6,472 papers received by the UA this year. AUB has been a member of the UA since 2015 through the Office of the Provost, with the Office of International Programs at AUB promoting its continuous engagement. 

 
Past Winners and Highly Commended Entrants have used this achievement to secure postgraduate opportunities and enhance their resumes. All Highly Commended Entrants and Winners receive a certificate of recognition, sharing top undergraduate coursework with a global audience. Membership in the UA Alumni portal gives UA alumni access to a network of scholars and industry leaders across the globe. An annual UA Global Summit in November in Dublin brings together top students from around the world to celebrate their achievement, present their work, and take part in discussions and workshops geared towards facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.

 
Cited as champion for high-potential undergraduates, UA assembles academics from around the globe to assess the work received and, through a rigorous judging process, identify innovative, leading, creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. It provides top performing students with the support, network, and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths. 

 
“It is an immense achievement for undergraduate students to benchmark their work globally,” said Dr. Brenda Cullen, Executive Director of the Undergraduate Awards. “To be recognized for their creativity and innovative approach within their discipline can only propel them to become global thinkers and potential change-makers. We are very appreciative of the support of the global academic community who work closely with The Undergraduate Awards to identify these impressive students.”
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  • ​​Three AUB students were selected as Winning and Highly Commended Entrants in the world’s largest international academic awards program, the Undergraduate Awards (UA). 
  • Lama El Khatib and Georges Khalil, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (SFEA), and Katharine Gordon, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), were recognized for their innovation and excellence at the undergraduate level.​
 
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