The Research Council (TRC) organised the Annual Research Forum 2019 on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) with 12 research projects winning the National Research Awards (NRA 2019).
The 12 projects were awarded under the PhD category and Young Researcher’s category, while another six won from the Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research Award Program (FURAP) category.
In the PhD category, Dr Said Salim al Ismaily won under the Education and Human Resources sector for his project titled ‘Progressing from direct instruction to structured and open inquiry-based teaching in a bachelor of soil sciences program: Experience at the National University in Oman’, while Dr Chefi
Triki won under the Information Systems and Communication Technologies sector for his project titled ‘Heuristic methods for the periodic shipper lane selection problem in transportation auctions’.
In the Cultural, Basic, and Social Sciences sector, it went to the project of ‘New Insight into the Origin of the Red/Near-Infrared Intense Fluorescence of a Crystalline 2?Hydroxychalcone Derivative: A Comprehensive Picture from the Excited-State Femtosecond Dynamics’ for Dr Osama K Abou-Zied.
For the health and social service sector, ‘Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Alters Neuropilin-1, PlGF, and SNAI1 Expression Levels and Predicts Breast Cancer Patients Response’ by Dr Noura al Zeheimi won, while Dr Alaa H al Muhtaseb won the Energy and Industry sector for his project ‘Cleaner fuel production from waste Phoenix dactylifera L kernel oil in the presence of a bimetallic catalyst: Optimization and kinetics study.’
For the Young Researcher’s category, Safiya Abdullah Ahmed al Shehhi, won under the Education and Human Resources sector for her project ‘Development of curriculum-based measurements in mathematical computations for Arab-speaking fourth grade student’, while Sara Khamis al Ruzaiqi won under the Information Systems and Communication Technologies sector for her project titled, ‘New Modification Version of Principal Component Analysis with Kinetic Correlation Matrix Using Kinetic Energy’.
In the Cultural, Basic, and Social Sciences sector, the award went to the project of ‘Professional decision-making and its relationship to internal motivation for 10th grade students in the Sultanate of Oman’ for Fatma Khalfan al Furi.
Under the Environmental and Biological Resources sector, the award was shared between Dr Khalifa M al Kindi and Ahmed al Mayahi, for their projects: ‘Modelling spatiotemporal patterns of dubas bug infestations on date palms in northern Oman: A geographical information system case study’ and ‘Home gardening in Muscat, Oman: Gardeners’ practices, perceptions and motivations’, respectively.