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10 UNIABUJA students win N3.7m research grants

By Ernest Nzor and Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
18 November 2022   |   4:58 am
Over ten University of Abuja students received research grants from the university's Center for Undergraduate Research on Wednesday.

Over ten University of Abuja students received research grants from the university’s Center for Undergraduate Research on Wednesday.

Recall that, the research covered thematic areas such as economic prosperity, food security, educational opportunity, quality health, climate change and environmental protection, and other innovative solutions to societal issues.

Dr Taibat Adebukola Atoyebi, the center’s director, announced this in Abuja during the third undergraduate research day with the theme “Promoting National Development Through Research.”

She said: “The total sum of the grant for today is three million, seven hundred and seventy-two thousand naira for 10 students. Ten research proposals scaled through and are being presented today.

“Some proposals were returned for corrections and upgrades, these researches are to be considered in the buildup for the next We are currently receiving applications and proposals from interested group of students for the next batch of grant.

“Three students who presented their research proposals during the 1 undergraduate research day are also presenting their final results/research findings today. Highlights of the centre’s achievements so far.”

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, said the idea is to catch peoples young.

Na’Allah, represented by the Chairman of the University of Abuja Research Council, Professor Abubakar Yusuf, commended the initiative and described it as a memorable one.

He said: “The program is significant because research and development are critical to national development and what you are seeing today is a presentation from students who have their supervisors as mentors and the idea is to cultivate their interest in research and development because any university that does not have the component of research and development will not be highly rated.

“So what the vice chancellor has done is when he came in 2019 was to strengthen the research components of this university and he wants the university of Abuja to be research intensive and how to do that is to look at the senior level of research which involves professors and also the students.”

Also, Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, the Dean School of Post Studies, who was the guest speaker, said research can advance the student’s knowledge and academic practice, saying that there’s a wider perspective of research impact, which brings development to the nation beyond academics.