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The American University of Kuwait grants scholarships to young scientists

Higher education of Kuwait Science Fair first prize winner, fully covered

Kuwait, September 7, 2010: The Kuwait Science Fair, the largest science competition in Kuwait, today announced that the American University of Kuwait (AUK) will grant the first place winner(s) with the best science project in the competition, a scholarship in their desired field of study.

AUK joins the founders of the competition, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Kuwait Limited and Kuwait Energy in its effort to empower young students in public and private schools across Kuwait to explore and innovate in the fields of math and science.

The competition, endorsed by the Minister of Oil, Information and Chairman of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, will launch its third consecutive year in October 2010 compelling students to pursue future careers in related professions.

AUK President, Dr. Winfred Thompson said: "We are very pleased to have joined the Kuwait Science Fair competition this year. This competition is one of the only - if not the only - competition that engages all students across the country in an educational experience outside school parameters. We are delighted to take part in the Kuwait Science Fair to support Kuwait's young minds in their pursuit towards scientific innovation. We look forward to welcoming young winners inside our classrooms."

The Kuwait Science Fair Managing Director, Ms. Aseel Al-Turkait said: "The American University of Kuwait is one of the most renowned universities in Kuwait, set apart by its science programs such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information System. For that, we extend our deepest gratitude to AUK for providing the first place winner of the Kuwait Science Fair with a full scholarship and an opportunity to continue their education in a reputed university."
The Kuwait Science Fair competition extends over five months and will be divided into two cycles. The first cycle comprises two months consisting of daily visits by the KSF team to public and private schools in Kuwait and a permanent KSF booth at the Marina Mall to encourage students to take part in the competition and help them present their applications.

In its second cycle, the "Best 100" projects will continue in the competition and will start developing their ideas into experimental projects, which will be showcased to a set of judges and experts.

In its second year ending March 2009, more than 220 students from 46 public and private schools in Kuwait competed in the Kuwait Science Fair. The first place winner received a scholarship in the discipline of her choice from the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), in addition to KD750 in cash, as well as an internship at Schlumberger. The winner's school also received a computer lab from Schlumberger and was admitted into Schlumberger's Excellence in Educational Development program (SEED), which works to educate students on global issues influencing their future.

AUK is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and co-educational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. AUK and its Ivy League partner Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA) have worked closley together since 2003, when the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Released by the PR & Marketing Department on the 15th September 2010

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