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Samah Mohamed, a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering, speaks at the University's 2017 academic Convocation on August 22. Photo by Lilit Hovhannisyan.
“I first applied to KAUST as a master’s degree student,” said Mohamed, noting that she was not accepted to the program—but that did not deter her. “I can be a bit stubborn, so I applied again to KAUST after completing my master’s degree. This time I was accepted for the Ph.D. program, and I thought I finally knew where I belonged.”
In his remarks, Shamma noted that despite the University’s young age, “KAUST has developed a reputation of research excellence and research impact. You as graduate students are the next group to contribute to that reputation.”
(From left to right): Mootaz Elnozahy, dean of the University's Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division; Jeff Shamma, KAUST professor and Convocation faculty speaker; Nadhmi Al-Nasr, KAUST executive vice president for administration and finance and the University's interim president; Samah Mohamed, KAUST Ph.D. student and Convocation student speaker; and Brian Moran, dean of Graduate Affairs, stand together after the 2017 academic Convocation event. Photo by Lilit Hovhannisyan.
“KAUST is about quality, not quantity,” Mohamed said. “Ask yourself what skills or talents you want to develop; what weaknesses you want to overcome; and what strengths you want to continue polishing. Everyone at KAUST works hard to make sure you get the knowledge and skills required for the next step in your career. I encourage you to let your passion be your guide and help you keep going.”