In 2007, the Qatar National Research Fund of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development initiated the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). The Foundation’s aim is to fund projects that involve undergraduate researchers, working with university mentors, on projects that address the needs of Qatar. The majority of UREP grants have been awarded to proposals in the sciences, medicine and engineering and have used primarily quantitative empirical research. For the fourth cycle, however, two faculty and four students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar submitted a proposal based in the humanities proposing creative rather than quantitative research. Responding to a student-identified need for a poetry anthology representing the voices closest to them, a research project was proposed in which students, working with faculty mentors, would 1) seek out and select Qatari and Arabian Gulf poets whose poetry merits an international audience; 2) work with each of the selected poets to choose either new or previously published poems for translation into English; and 3) collaborate with the poets and the faculty mentors in the process of translating the poems into English with the intent of facilitating their publication in various English-language literary magazines, and ultimately, collecting them into an anthology itself suitable for publication. In June 2008, the proposal was accepted, funding was awarded, and the project began. To date, the progress on the project indicates that this type of research provides value to students, faculty, and institutions, and suggests that institutions could benefit greatly by following Qatar Foundation’s lead.
|Keywords:||Undergraduate, Creative Research, Funding, Translation, Arabic, Humanities|
Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar
Assistant Profesor, English Department, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar
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